Mission reunites friends

Missions can be a wonderful experiences for retired couples; sometimes they even reunite old friends.

On Dec. 2, 1940, two young elders met in the old mission home in Salt Lake City as they prepared to serve missions for the Church. Elder Alvin Davidson from a farm in St. Anthony, Idaho, was going to the Western States Mission, and Elder William Holmes from Wilson, a small community west of Ogden, Utah, to the Central States Mission.Both had grown up on farms, and they felt a bond of friendship. As they concluded their training they rode on the same train to Omaha, Neb., where Elder Davidson got off and went to Iowa. Elder Holmes continued on to Independence, Mo., and was assigned to the Hutchinson, Kan., area.

They fulfilled their missions, returned home, married and raised families. Both fulfilled many callings in the Church, and as they reached retirement decided to serve missions again.

Last March 22, some 49 years after their first association, they registered at the Missionary Training Center in Provo with their wives, Sister Clara Davidson and Sister Dorothy Holmes. The two couples were assigned to the same district.

"Elder Davidson looked so familiar to me," said Elder Holmes. "I knew that I had known him before."

It didn't take long for them to discover where and when they had known each other, and to their surprise they found they had both been called to serve in the Mississippi Jackson Mission.

The Holmeses are in Jackson serving as public communications missionaries while the Davidsons have been assigned to the Yazoo City Branch where Elder Davidson is a counselor in the branch presidency and a district leader.