Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome, Welcome!

Every farewell is followed the next day by a welcome. Last Monday we welcomed 14 new missionaries to the mission, 2 from the Dominican Republic, 1 From Guatemala, 1 from Ecuador, 1 from Uruguay, five from the United States and 4 from Mexico. Quite the mixed group!! All of the native Spanish speaking missionaries arrived from the MTC in Mexico, bright and early in the morning. The Americans came later in the afternoon.

Here are some pictures from the day. The first ones are in front of our Tree of Life at our house. This is to remind the missionaries that they are here to partake of the atonement in their own lives and share those blessings with others.




Right from the first moment they arrive we try to teach the importance of striving for excellence--including in the way they dress and wear their hair. Sometimes the hair is a little crazy (especially after an airplane ride) so the assistants get right to work helping the new elders get "missionary ready".


And here are the companionship pictures. Most were taken in our normal spot in front of the temple but unfortunately when we did our training for the Americans the church building was not available so we had to train at the office. Not quite so great for pictures, but an exciting time for them nonetheless.












 We think these two were definitely destined to be companions. Check out those ties!

 And a little bonus picture. Companionship language study!  Learning Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! (And it wakes them up too!:-)
I was going over items that should be in their first aid kit and asked one elder if he had all those items. He said, "I don't know what it in the kit." Apparently his mother bought it for him. That reminded me that many were just 18 years old and straight out of high school. I was thinking about how much faith God puts in these young men and women to do some of the most important work taking place on the face of the earth at such a young age.

But I also thought of the mothers who lovingly helped their sons or daughters pack and then sent them off, many to a foreign land, and all far from home. Although we can't guarantee their safety, we can guarantee that God is watching over them and that we will care for and love them like our own.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

La Despedida . . . once again

We bid farewell to a large group on Sunday night that included missionaries from five different countries. 
As always it is very sad to say goodbye to missionaries you have spent the past two years with. Also included in this group was our first large group of sisters who arrived after the age change. 
They all did a fantastic job and they along with the awesome elders will all be missed.

And most of the native Spanish speakers took the English Language test and did super great!!
We are so proud of them and the job they did!



FINAL TRANSFER

HERMANA CLAUDIA LEIJA---MONTERREY, MEXICO
HERMANA DULCE FAVILA---CIUDAD JUAREZ MEXICO
HERMANA NITZEL MORENO--PACHUCA, MEXICO
SHALOM PENA--CUAUTITLAN IZCALLI, MEXICO
BRITTANY HERNANDEZ--SAN MATEO TECALCO, MEXICO
BRENDA ZEPEDA--QUERETARO, MEXICO
ELDER ARMANDO CERVANTES--CUAUTITLAN IZCALLI, MEXICO
ELDER JOSEPH AGUSTIN--PUEBLA, MEXICO
ELDER JOSE MONTIEL--MEXICO, MEXICO
ELDER WILMER VIDAL--LIMA, PERU
ELDER WILLIAM OSCAL--GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA
ELDER STEVEN FLORES--ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, USA
ELDER BRIGHAM ACEVEDO, ZACATECAS, MEXICO
ELDER DAVID RUIZ--GUERRERO, MEXICO
ELDER KADE ALEXANDER--PARADISE, UTAH
ELDER GUILLERMO HERNANDEZ--SOYAPANGO, MEXICO
ELDER CASEY RICH--OHIO, USA
ELDER JONATHAN UMANA--SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

Other pictures from our last night together. . .

Taking the English test


I love the tanned feet!
 Finding their names on the mission quilt. Everyone signs it when they arrive and it is beginning to be very filled up!

The final dinner--which tonight consisted of pork loin with chipoltle gravy, baked potatoes, carrots and a green salad with tres leches cake for dessert.


We will miss you all!

The Assistants!

Since I forgot to take their picture, to make it up to them (after all we couldn't do this job without all of their tireless help!) I am giving them their very own posting! So grateful for all they do!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Interviews, Week 3

This week we were in Guadalajara interviews 84 missionaries in 3 days! Yes they were long days! But it was also a lot of fun being able to spend the time with the missionaries. Here are pictures from the week. If we still have internet tomorrow (it comes and goes these days) I will post more about what we did during them. And I forgot to get a picture of the Assistants but I will make it up to them. :-)