A day in the life of a Fort Worth missionary. . . as posted by his parents
Monday, August 12, 2013
July, 2013 New Mission President
Rodney Allen, and Kimberlee Jensen Ames
Texas Fort Worth Mission
Rodney Allen Ames, 45, and Kimberlee Jensen Ames, four children, Liberty 1st Ward, Liberty Missouri Stake.
Brother Ames is a counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the California San Diego Mission. Attorney/partner, Withers, Brant, Igoe, & Mullennix, P.C. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George Allen and Ulla-Maija Halonen Ames.
Sister Ames is a stake Young Women camp director and former stake Young Women secretary, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Sunday School teacher, and seminary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Russell Winslow Jensen and Ida Delores Kennedy Jensen.
Rodney Ames, a Liberty attorney, has accepted a three-year assignment from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the president of the Texas Fort Worth Mission.
As mission president, Ames will lead more than 250 missionaries, helping them to build their faith and effectively teach the gospel. He will also help the missionaries to be more involved in community service within the areas where they are assigned.
Ames’ wife, Kimberlee, and two of their four children, Jessica and Jacob, will accompany him on this assignment. Two older sons, Alex and Isaac, are students at Brigham Young University.
When asked why he and his family would make such a big sacrifice, both of time and financial resources, Ames said, “Because of my faith in Jesus Christ. If I did not know that it is what God wants us to do, I would not have the strength to make the sacrifice.”
Ames has been actively involved in many areas of the Liberty community. He is a partner in the local firm of Withers, Brant, Igoe, and Mullenix. He also is a member of the Liberty Ministerial Alliance and Liberty Chamber of Commerce, has helped to organize Liberty Preparedness Fairs, and has been on the Clay County Airport Advisory Committee.
Ames grew up in the Uintah Basin area of Utah. After graduating from Altamont High School, he was a missionary in the San Diego area for two years. During this time, his parents moved to Missouri, so Ames has lived in the metro area for more than years.
He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Kimberlee Ames graduated from Kearney High School. She has worked as a volunteer parent in the Liberty school district.
Both Alex and Isaac Ames, have spent two years on missions. Isaac recently returned from the Chile Concepcion Mission.
When he was asked what advice he would give his father as mission president, he had three things to say: “First, obedience with exactness brings miracles. Don’t settle for anything less. Second, remember that it is your mission. Use your inspiration. And, third, help your missionaries to grow by having high trust, high expectations, then train and retrain.”