It`s our first transfer weekend!... well, last weekend (August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
We are thrilled to be a part of the 23 missionaries who have honorably completed their service and will be going home, as well as welcoming and greeting the 13 new missionaries who have come to begin their service.
I want to remember every single part of this weekend, so here goes.
23 missionaries going home! Wow! That is a significant number of missionaries to be leaving all at once!
It is a huge farewell group, and quite honestly they will be missed. They have been strong leaders and valiant servants of the Lord. Even for the short time we have been here, we have felt their goodness and their commitment to the work of the Lord.
President Clayton has been signing certificates, and writing them each a personal accompanying note, and he will interview them Saturday and Sunday. We have been preparing our home to have them come here for their interviews. Sunday evening we will have a farewell dinner, a few comments from President and I and then a final testimony meeting.
We are honored to be a part of this important milestone in their lives and want so much for it to be memorable and a sweet ending to their great service. They will leave for home early Monday morning and one hour later we will greet 13 new missionaries and will begin a day of welcoming and training, interviewing and assigning them to their new trainers and sending them many, many different direction.
This first transfer President Clayton made 51 changes, including 1 new assistant, 7 new trainers, 8 new district leaders, 3 new zone leaders, with several zone leaders having their responsibility moved to a different zone.
All of you know, that these kinds of changes have come with not just a first, second or even a third draft, but have countless things to consider, and circumstances that need a specific touch. It has been a rich and inspiring experience for me to feel and watch the hand of the Lord rest upon President Clayton as we have counseled together, and as he has met with and counseled with his spiritually prepared and focused assistants. They have checked and double checked a myriad of details as they have worked the transfer board. But in the end, when all was said and done the final changes, the decisions... the companionships and areas these missionaries will serve in rested upon President Clayton alone. It has been amazing. I again bear my testimony that I know the Lord`s hand is upon this work of salvation. He is indeed in the details of our lives. I know that the Lord is aware of, and knows, and loves each of these missionaries.
President in his office
the map of our mission
preparing lots of snacks for waiting missionaries
pictures of our grandchildren... very important :)
the all important front of the fridge... which I love so much :)
(we are missing a few pictures)
President`s office ready to interview
we are ready :)
Here they come for their interviews...
Our new assistant Elder Manzo is right there on the front left.. he is already fabulous!
They waited for their turn.. President averaged 35-40 minutes per interview
I love these elders comparing their missionary tags worn down by the weather depending from where they served
all the while these two good assistants were making the transfer calls (on our front porch of course to get good reception) to the zone leaders, calling for taxi`s, finalizing travel arrangements, and confirming English tests time slogs for the Latin missionaries with the office secretaries and double checking details with Elder Kingsford our financial secretary.. they were hopping.
going to town on those pistachio nuts