The day usually begins around 4:00 a.m. when my husband gets up to take the first group of departing missionaries to the airport. (That is the sad part of the day) It takes several trips before all the missionaries are on their way, and as the Mexican missionaries arrive around 10, he and the assistants stay there to wait for them.
I, on the other hand, am at home busily preparing food for the day. By noon Monday we had 9 hungry new missionaries from Mexico in my living room, being interviewed and eagerly waiting for something to eat.
(Most of these elders are only 18)
Lunch consisted of Cafe Rio Pork and Texas Sheet Cake
(A compromise between Mexican and American Food)
After eating, a few of them tried to catch a couple minutes of sleep. Most had been up since 3:30.
Once interviews and lunch were over (and nap time:-) they were sent off to work with elders in the area and to spend their first night in the office.
And we headed back to the airport to pick up 7 American elders who were coming in at 4. It is always so much fun to see the first one come out of immigration. And this elder was actually the first one for everyone on the plane!! But then I learned from his dad that he is first in an even more important way. He is the first person ever with his last name to serve as a missionary for the church!!
As part of the welcoming, I have a quilt I have all the missionaries sign. (Thank you Jean Moore!!)
Early the next morning all the missionaries, their luggage and their trainers meet at the church building next to the temple for training.
For the first 90 minutes, the new missionaries meet with me and the assistants to be trained in health, language study, missionary manners, finances, and records. At the same time President Wagner meets with the trainers.
This is an exciting time for everyone. Here a few of the trainers eagerly wait in the foyer.
And here they all are, just before the announcement of who their "sons" will be!!
Following training, it is off to the parking lot for pictures. These are sent to the family members of the missionaries along with a note of where the missionary will be serving.
We are so excited to have all 16 of these missionaries here with us and look forward to great things from them!