President and Sister Dunn

Monday, August 28, 2017

SAJM Reunion details

President and Sister Dunn are getting excited
for the 1st official SAJM reunion.

Please mark your calendar for Friday September 29, 2017.
BYU Broadcasting Center
 6-9 pm.
Potluck dinner.
Please provide an update* for the program.
*We want one from every single missionary if possible.
Provide a picture of yourself since arriving home and give us a "tweet" of up 50-100 words of what you are up to. 
The following information is what we are looking for:
  • Recent picture of you and your wife/children (if applicable)
  • Are you married/dating someone special (name?)
  • Current employment or school you are attending
  • Life goals. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years
  • What is something you have accomplished or a favorite thing you have done since returning from the mission
Please help us get updates from any of your companions.
Contact Sean Pickup to provide updates:

We are also inviting each missionary to bring something for the potluck dinner.
Contact Tanner Todd

for food assignments.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Reunion Coming: September 29, 2017

Dear SAJMer's,

Our first official reunion is coming up on Friday September 29, 2017. We need help in planning this event and involving as many of our returned missionaries as possible. We are forming a committee to help plan food, venue, program and outreach to missionaries all over the world.

We have a few times we have identified to meet. One of the planning meetings is this week, (tomorrow) on Tuesday August 22nd at 6 pm at the BYU Broadcasting Building, BYUB. Please let us know if we can expect you.  

If you are planning to come, please meet in the lobby of BYUB at 6 and we will go upstairs to a board room on the 3rd floor for our meeting. Pizza will be ordered for the end of the meeting and Sister Allred is bringing a salad!  We plan to meet from 6-7 and adjourn no later than 7:30.

Please invite anyone from the SAJM to come in case they did not see the invite on the blog, facebook or through e-mail.

If this meeting does not work for you, we will be gathering again on campus for a lunch meeting on Monday September 11th at noon in the Broadcast Building or at 7 pm at our home in SLC, 4045 Mt. Olympus Way. 

We are offering a few times to engage as many as possible in the planning and outreach.

Please let us know if you plan on attending any of these times and dates offered.

President and Sister Dunn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We love SAJM visitors!

We love getting news and updates form missionaries all over the world. Elder Christopher Dzowa returned home to Malawi and has shared with us his highs and lows as he is adjusting to post mission life. We send him and all our beloved missionaries our love and support.

ON Sunday August 12, 2017, we hosted Elder Devon Rash for Sunday lunch. H eis in the planning stage to get back on his mission. WE are praying he will be sent back to the SAJM!!

We enjoyed looking at the mission scrapbook and all the pictures of the missionaries he knows.
On Monday (the next day) we hosted a BBQ with our special guest: Corbin de Kock- from South Africa, going to school here.

Nick and Lindsay Menendez have been workng in Scottsdale this summer and just returned. It was fun to have them over and spend an evening together.

Nick and Lndsay are so fun to be with. What a great couple they make.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SAJM Fall Reunion Coming

Please mark your calendars for Friday September 29th for an SAJM 2014-2017 reunion. This is the night before General Conference begins.

At this point we are planning on hosting it at the BYU Broadcast Building. More details will be forthcoming. 

We invite anyone to participate on a planning committee if your time allows.  We are offering 2 planning meeting times for anyone interested in helping to find missionaries and/or help plan the evenings activities to volunteer by coming to one of the following meetings:

Tuesday August 22- BYU Broadcasting Building, meet in lobby at 6 pm (will order pizza for those that can attend)
Monday September 11- BYU Broadcasting Building, meet in lobby at 12 noon* lite lunch served
Monday September 11- Dunn's home- 4045 Mt. Olympus Way, meet at 7 pm *food served!!

These three times are options to come and gather and share ideas and volunteer to make the reunion one that involves as many Elders as possible. We want to contact as many of our returned missionaries and get video clips from those that cannot attend. We also want to have a slideshow if possible. Food needs to be planned as well as activities for the evening.

Please RSVP to or on the SAJM 2014-2017 Facebook page if you can attend any of the meeting times listed.  We will cancel any times that do not get response from RM's to attend.

Hot August FHE Night!

FHE dinner at the Dunn's! You can always find missionaries around the food.
We had a great time gathering with senior and junior missionaries in our home on Monday August 7th for an FHE with Richard and Kathy Black sharing their experiences and reflections. They  arrived home just 3 weeks ago. So did Larry and Marsha Wells. It was great to bring senior and junior missionaries together.
Elder Wed, Elder Savage, Elder Clegg and Elder Weg's brother (also Elder Weg)

Loved having the Lombardie's, the Shupe's and the Egan's with us.

We also had Richard and Kathy share insights...and the Well's and the Thompson's also came.

It was sucgh a pleasure to meet Calvert Cazier's wife, Camille. They are about to have their first child (a little girl) in just a few weeks time. So fun to have them join with us.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome home to the Black's

Richard and Kathy Black arrived home from the SAJM in late July. Their homecoming was just last weekend, July 30, 2017.

This is a reminder that we are gathering this coming Monday August 7th at 7 pm at our home (4045 Mt. Olympus Way) for dinner and a discussion led by Richard and Kathy Black about how to reflect on our SAJM experiences and keep the memories alive.

Elder Landon Broadhead came up form St. George to welcome them home. He was their trainer out in Nelspruit. 

Landon came with his cute mom. So fun to meet her.

I was sad that President Dunn was not in the picture today. We had to divide and conquer because we were tending grandchildren today.
Aren't we all so lucky to have served in the land of South Africa and able to make such meaningful friendships?

Seeing the Shupe's

We had a fun opportunity to visit Susan and RQ Shupe while recently visiting in Oceanside California. They have such a fun house just minutes from the beach. They invited us over for lunch and we so enjoyed getting connected. They will be visit us this next week in Utah. The Shupe's were serving in the area office when we arrived in South Africa on July 2014. We did all we could together.

Missions make for some fun and lasting friendships.

Congratulations to Nathan and Grace Henley

We were so delighted  to participate in the temple sealing and reception for Grace and Nathan in July. What a great couple. They were married in the new Provo temple and had a beautiful reception in the Henley's backyard.
While we were at the reception, President and Sister Omer came and also President and Sister Wilson from the Botswana Mission were there. So Nathan had all 3 mission presidents at his wedding reception at the same time. He was first called to Botswana and later moved to Johannesburg. We came about one year into his mission. It was fun to be there with all of them.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Elder and Sister Black are returning home

On Sunday July 30th, Elder and Sister Black will be speaking in the Neff's Canyon Ward in the Mt. Olympus Stake (which is also our home ward) at 10 am at 4176 Adonis Way in Holladay, Utah.

We hope to see some of our returned missionaries and senior couples on that day. We are hosting a FHE Monday night BBQ a few weeks later for any missionaries that are in the area and able to attend. This will be a nice time to catch up more in depth with Richard and Kathy Black and reminisce with them over the amazing calling we all enjoyed in South Africa.

7 pm at the Dunn's home on Monday August 7th. RSVP if you can join with us.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer is in full swing!

Our June ended with the arrival of Christopher Morrill home. It was so fun to meet his family and go to his homecoming events. We wish we could do this for each and every missionary that arrives home. We are there in spirit however.

We love meeting the parents and families of each missionary. The Morrill family is so wonderful and so generous to us.

A week later I found myself at the zoo with all our kids and grandkids. Whiler riding the carousel a cute young girl asked me if I was "Sister Dunn." She recognized me and told me her brother was Elder Warnock. I was so excited and got to meet the other sister and the cute mom and neices and nephews who all miss him. 

Here is a picture with some of their grandkids with my Madison and Taggart on the right.

The Warnocks are looking forward to seeing their son and brother in November and are planning a trip over to pick him up. What fun to hear about this.
Another weekend of weddings was upon us at the end of June.

Elder Troy Downs got married in the Bountiful temple on Friday June 30th. His mom and dad are on the right and his two sisters are pictured with us. We were so happy to participate, but sad not to get a picture of them.
On July 1, 2017 we found ourselves at the Ogden Temple again to witness the sealing on Nathan Lefthand to Seiko. They seemed so happy and we were so thrilled to be part fo the sealing and meet all his family members again.

We also got to be with Nathan Henley and Grace, who are scheduled to be married later this month in the Provo Utah Temple on Friday July 21.

Elder lefthand's brother, dad and mom outside the Ogden Temple after the sealing.

It was extra special to learn that Nathan's dad was sealed to his mom one week before the weeding. He was baptized last year while Nathan was still serving in the SAJM. It was an extra sweet day.

It is so wonderful to be able to participate in any event with our beloved returned missionaries. We love being able to be part of their temple sealings and meet their wives. What a great launch to their lives.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 2017 SAJM happenings at home!

So fun to see Mattias Bergman again during his 3 week stay. He came to BYU Broadcasting with Taft Asay. It was so fun to show them around and see them both again.

I even had one more sighting of Mattias at the Polo Factory Outlet. I could get used to this. He heads home this week.
On the same weekend we were able to welcome Christopher Morrill home from Johannesburg. His family hosted an open house and it was great to see him.

What great parents. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to be at his home and meeting his parents and family. We also were able to come on Sunday and hear his wonderful homecoming address. We are so honored to be linked forever to this great young man and his family.
We will hope to see him in just a few weeks time when the Blacks arrive home. They served together in Nelpruit. 

This weekend was also a wedding festival with 2 of our Elders tying the knot on the same day.
Shwn and Taylor Larsen are prepping for their wedding reception. WE loved being with them int he temple and also at the reception.

It was held at the Brigham Young house at This is the Place State Park.

In the same night we headed to Jesten and Mikayla's Dye's wedding in South Jordan. We were with them earlier in the day at the Ogden Temple.
While at the reception we ran into Cameron Wood and his darling girlfriend.

It is so fun to see our beloved missionary sons.

We also saw the Harward's who served alongside Jesten Dye in Polokwane. It was so fun to see them again.