Now that I've sort of caught my balance, I'm going to give you a short summary of what has happened since President Calderwood and I arrived.
Four weeks in, we had our first transfer. We were so excited to welcome the 10 missionaries we were blessed to meet in the MTC plus four English-speaking elders and one Mandarin-speaking elder who weren't at the MTC while we were there. We are so happy to have these wonderful, obedient and hard-working missionaries. They are precious to us!
Such joy!! It was such a great experience to meet them at the airport and then have them in the mission home for their first night in the mission. It is a great opportunity to get to know them.
And then the next day, our missionaries that were returning home came in. After just four weeks we truly love these young men and women. We had a blast that evening and it was just beautiful to hear their testimonies and share the bittersweet emotion as they approached the next phase of their lives.
A couple of weeks later we got a GREAT surprise. Four missionaries called to the Bulgaria mission to serve in Turkey and speak, er, Turkish (of course) had completed their work in the MTC but were still awaiting their visas. The missionary department asked if we could use them and we said, "Yes!"
|Elder Ankney, Elder Bennion, Sister Calderwood, President Calderwood, Elder Foechterle, Elder Wahlquist|
September 10 brought our second group of missionaries from the MTC! We feel so blessed that the Lord is sending us such amazing young men and women to serve here in NYNY South. This is a really strong group of missionaries and we love them already!
Sure enough! Transfers mean heartbreak for us. Even though we only sent home a few this time, it wasn't any easier! We know that Heavenly Father will continue to bless these faithful and wonderful missionaries.
|Sister Dumas, Elder Patchett, Elder Wilson, Elder Lee and Sister Hughes|