We had 15 go home this transfer and only received 10 new missionaries and no visa waiters. It was the smallest number we have had in several transfers (since the announcements about age changes a year ago.) We now have 261 missionaries.
|Some of our "newest" missionaries, one from Tonga, one from Vietnam(but has lived in the US.) and one from Hawaii. Another one is a US citizen, but had been adopted from Russia at the age of 2. It is fun visiting with them.|
|Some of our "older" missionaries--seem to be more relaxed.|
|Greeting their trainers. One elder said he has waited his whole life to meet his trainer.|
|Elder McOmber helps them with their bicycles and loves teaching them about many things.|
|Elder McOmber enlisted help form Elder Williams. He is putting the new bikes together, notice two supervisors.|
|I like the look of the apron. That is Elder McOmber's side of the office, full of tools, papers, bike parts, etc.|
|As I mentioned earlier, we had Elder and Sister Packer of the Seventy come and give zone conferences two days. They are wonderful speakers and I loved listening(I only went on Friday).|
Elder Packer took up most of the time and was impressive, as I don't remember him ever looking at any notes. He taught about 4-5 hours. I have a page of notes that I will not share all, but I would like to share a couple. He said he was walking in the halls of Church Headquarters and one of the apostles (I don't remember which one) asked him if he was learning a new language He thought it might be a hint at a new assignment, and asked if he should learn a particular language(The apostle knew he spoke English and Spanish). But the apostle said "No, just choose one". He said when the apostles speak, listen. He and his wife discussed it and are working on Portuguese. They were able to share their testimonies in Brazil 3 weeks ago.
Another thing that impressed me was: He talked about the Work of Salvation being like our passport to travel to another country. We have to make sure all our credentials are in order to be allowed into another country. We have to have our passport and visas, travel plans, etc. We are here on earth to gather all our credentials so that we may be allowed into our Father in Heaven's presence.
He also talked about the changes happening in the work missionaries do, not "missionary work". The home is the new MTC.
There was so much good I can not include it all. I loved and soaked up all the information. He also emphasized Family History and incorporating it into the work missionaries do.
|After the conference, some elders had a dead battery(they were late and forgot and left their lights on). They wanted Elder McOmber, but he was not there, but I had jumper cables and was able to be a good substitute.|
|After Zone conference|
[The Lord] will sanctify your [missionary] efforts, and you will gain a capacity beyond your own to lift and bless the lives of others."
”Thomas S. Monson, "Faith in the Work of Salvation"