We finished our first transfers for the mission this past week. We had 23 new missionaries report in and we sent 9 home. The mission has really grown. Five months ago the mission had 130 missionaries and today we have 217 and expect to have 250 by the end of the year. That and the fact that we have a number of missionaries that are sent to serve temporarily while waiting for their visas, we are kept extremely busy. The surge is attributed to the lowering of the age for new missionaries.
We were able to attend the Boston Temple with the returning missionaries last Tuesday and that was wonderful.
Miriam and I are starting to settle into our work and gaining confidence each day with what we are to do and more importantly on how to do it. We are serving with Elder and Sister Davis shown in the picture below. They are wonderful. They had us over to their apartment Friday evening for a wonderful fish dinner that Elder Davis caught on a fishing trip.
They are from St. George Utah. They complete their mission the 23rd of August and will be going home. Their replacements, Elder and Sister Pettingill will arrive this week. We moved into our apartment last week end and are just now getting settled in it. We have a missionary training meeting this coming Tuesday and 3 zone conferences next week that we are involved in which will require us to travel to different areas of the mission. We are looking forward to that.