Monday, September 30, 2013

Paul's Retirement Social

Paul retired from his chosen career working for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 27 after 30 years and 11 months and one week of service--but we can't officially say that he worked 31 years. For the last ten years he worked as Budget Manager for Welfare Services.  His retirement social was very memorable and many fellow workers came to thank Paul and to bid him farewell.

Paul received some notable gifts for his retirement.  A representatives from the Employee Association of Welfare Services presented Paul with the book Face to Face: Seeking a Personal Relationship with God by S. Michael Wilcox.  Paul's boss presented him a beautiful print of The Good Shepherd painted by Simon Dewey also from Welfare Services.   Because Paul had completed 30 years of Church service, the First Presidency personally signed a letter that was framed and presented to him.  Only those who have worked at least 30 years in Church service receive such a unique personal letter.  This letter reads:
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Office of the First Presidency
47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1200

September 27, 2013

Paul D. Crockett
Controllership Services
Welfare Services Division

Dear Brother Crockett:

            We express our appreciation and extend our congratulations at this time of your retirement.  Your 30 years of employment represents a significant amount of time and effort in the service to others.

            Through your years in Welfare Services, the Church Auditing Department, and the Presiding Bishopric International Office, you have given of your time and talents.  You have served well and have truly made a difference by sharing your talents.  Your application of sound judgment, knowledge, skilled attention to detail, and the use of your experience in behalf of employees, missionaries, and volunteers have been commendable.  Thank you for the spirit in which you have approached these assignments.  You have gained the respsect and admiration of those who have worked with you, and have been an example of one who goes about the Lord’s work with commitment and professionalism.

            May the Lord continue to bless you as you enter this new season of your life.

Sincerely yours,
<personally signed>
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The First Presidencey


Our children joined forces to gave Paul a special gift of a laptop computer which he will thoroughly enjoy and use for years to come.  Traci presented this gift to their Dad along with some tender words of appreciate to him for his example and diligence in caring for the family for so many years.  Many of our family who live in Utah came to honor their Dad and Grandpa and we thank them for joining us on this significant occasion.

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