Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 2013

This is the lane Miriam and I take our morning walks on.  The weather is absolutely beautiful right now.  When the sun shines all day, it tends to get humid and sticky but other wise it is the best. There are so many trees that you can't see 10 feet into the trees.  We are sure loving the area!
We have just completed our first transfer this past week.  We had 23 new missionaries report in and we had 9 leave.  It was a very, very busy time.  We had no idea the amount of work and organization that is required to run a mission.  We were able to attend the Boston Temple with the returning missionaries last Tuesday evening.  It was the best!  We love working with and being with these wonderful young people. The mission had 130 missionaries 5 months ago and has 217 today.  We are expecting to have 250 by the end of the year. The growth is attributed to the lowering of the age to enter the mission field. This and the number on missionaries we have come to serve while waiting for their visa makes for lots of work.

The picture shows us with the other senior couple missionaries, Elder and Sister Davis.  They are from St. George Utah and they are wonderful.  They complete their mission this month and will be going home.  We are sad to see them go. They had us over for a wonderful fish dinner last Friday evening.  He is quite the fisherman and she is a great cook. They will be replaced by Elder and Sister Pettingill. They arrive this week to start their training.  So in a few weeks, Miriam and I will be the senior missionaries in the office.  That could be trouble.

This Tuesday we are involved in new missionary training and next week we travel 3 days to different parts of the mission for zone conferences.  We are looking forward to that as we will get to see different parts of the mission.  One of the zone conferences is at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Vermont.

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