Maceio Brazil Mission Assignment

Maceio Brazil Mission Assignment
Serving in God's Army


Homecoming Talk on Sunday - 29 June 2014

Elder Ralph's homecoming talk brought many family members and friends to church. Brian and Ruth with Daniel and Shawnee, Jessica Salcedo came as a surprise along with Ben's niece Hadlie. Doug Guptil and his family along with Br. Gary Sabin and his daughter Heather.
The "Jenna Face" made popular in the Ralph Family.
Getting everyone ready for the pix takes times and organization.


Finally a good shot of the siblings.
 Hadlie had her first meeting with her Uncle Ben. Not sure about smootching just yet.

 Doug Guptil and his family were there to hear Elder Ralph speak.
Rebecca Kozy came too!
 Gary Sabin (5th cousin???) and his daughter came to support the newly returned missionary.


Homecoming for Elder Benjamin Lowell Ralph - 25 June 2014

It's takes quite a while to get home from Brazil to Washington State. Elder Ralph flew into the SeaTac airport just after his brother Jonathan flew in from California to surprise him. Brian and Ruth and Daniel came to the airport along with  Rebecca Kozy. Rebekah and Samuel, Stephen and I had balloons and posters for Elder Ralph.

Candy poster always makes a big hit!


Hugs from Elder Ralph. Mom got the first one
Samuel liked to take pix.

Jon wanted to surprise every one...he did.
So nice to have Elder Ralph home after 2 years!!!


23 June 2014 -- Last messages from the Mission Field

Do you know what time I get home and everything? --- 11:10, Wednesday morning!
   Hey mom a bunch of people sent me e-mails saying that they are super excited to see me but I don't have a lot of time to respond so if you could send them all a love note for me and thank them for everything that would be great!
    We're gunna need to stop by Wendy's and buy a smoothie and fries!
11 elders are going home with me but I'm the only one going to Washington from my mission. If there are other Elders that are coming home from other missions, I don't know.

I just had my final interview with the Mission President! weird!
   Anything else that you think I will want to do just go for it!

Do you know who will be there???? Anyone can come! Kelly if she is there!
   I gotta get my talk ready too, haha. But I'll have plenty of time on the plane... too much time.

I wanna go to the temple when I get back deal...
 I'm going now, thank you for everything. I love you so much!
Elder Ralph


16 June 2014 -- A scriptural message

For my letter this week I will send you a scripture.

    3rd John 1:13-14

"13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name."

Love it! :)
Are you excited to see me!!!!

Speaking of taking care of myself... last night I almost died! When I went to bed I was super, super cold but my whole body was hot, and I had a huge headache. I tried sleeping in a little ball the whole night but it didn't work. I got up several time to drink water and take medicine. and during the night I kind of freaked out. While I was laying there I started looking around and I noticed that I couldn't see anything, my hand in front of my face, light coming from under the door nothing! I started thinking that I was blind! But I managed to find the cell phone and I pushed a button to see the light from the cell phone light up the whole room. While I was laying there thinking that I would die of hypothermia I thought to myself... I want my mommy! haha, but lucky today is p-day so I got to take a little nap, but my heads still killing me! Love you!
Elder Ralph