Monday, October 8, 2012

The Mission Tour

We had our first mission tour last month with Elder De Hoyos of the First Quorum of Seventy and his wife. It was wonderful!! We had a great time traveling the mission and learning from them.
Elder De Hoyos was the first native Spanish speaker from Mexico to be called to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He currently serves in the area presidency in Mexico. He and his wife both have a great sense of humor, which we enjoyed, and Sister De Hoyos gave me some great counsel on cooking Mexican food as well as insights into the culture. My only complaint against her is she would encourage President Wagner to drive a bit on the crazy side. :-)

Over a four day period we held three conferences, with around 55 missionaries in each. President Wagner and I split the first hour of training, Sister De Hoyos took the second hour and Elder De Hoyos the third. I have pages and pages of notes from their training. What I really loved most about Elder De Hoyos is that he is a builder. He builds people, builds confidence and builds programs. 

Here are some pictures from the conferences. They are not in any particular order.
Waiting for the conference to begin. They were all good and were in their seats 15 minutes early. 
 Practice, Practice, Practice!

 Many of the zones rented buses and all came together. It was cheaper and it made sure everyone arrived on time. 

 Mas practicas!

 Elder Burr with his two "sons" (And Elder P, photo bombing the picture:-)
Nothing smells better than fresh tortillas!

 At least three of these elders are having a good time.:-)
 New phones!! Hooray!
 Now we just need to figure out how they work.:-)

 MTC companions, finally reunited after about seven months!
 Some of our awesome hermanas!

 Heading back to work

We sure loved our time with them. Good news is we will be back out for more training next month!

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