Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Welcome, Welcome!

A few hours after the departing group leaves, the new ones come in. The ones coming from the MTC in Mexico arrive fairly early and the ones arriving from the US arrive fairly late. President takes the departing missionaries to the airport around 4:30 in the morning, and then waits for the new ones. I don't go with him. I would like to but that is pretty early and someone has to cook breakfast for all the arriving missionaries. So I stay home to do that. They are usually at our house around 9:30 at which time we feed them and then begin training. Late at night President heads back to the airport to get the new ones from the US. Since this last time there were only two and putting together something to eat for only two is easy, I went with him. The time before, however, we had around 10 come in so I stayed to get their meal ready. They get to our house around ten at night.

And I am so sorry that I totally forgot to take pictures of our two new American missionaries, but I will do it in the next couple weeks when I see them at zone conferences and post it then.

However, I do have some pictures of the morning group! They came from three countries--Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic. We are so glad to have them all here!
 Everyone with their trainers! They are all off to a great start!

And a few extras. . . Plucking the fruit from the tree of life!

 Waiting for interviews  . . . Most missionaries get up around 2:30 in the morning for their flight here (some never go to sleep!) so by the time they arrive they are pretty tired. If we don't keep them busy they quickly fall asleep. This new one was super tired. It took a little shaking to get him to wake up.
 But that is another reasons why we teach the song "Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes". Not only are they learning body parts in English (a little motivation to get them started on their English language study) but it also wakes them up! Thank you Elder Hatfield for leading the song!
 Meanwhile, out in the hall . . . Normally we arrive earlier and I get several pictures of missionaries coming in to pick up their new companions, but his time, due to unusual circumstances we were later. There were a few still waiting though! So glad to get a picture of these wonderful elders!
 And we just can't say enough about our senior office couple!! What would we do without them? It is such a blessing to have them here serving with us! Thank you! Thank you! For all you do!

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