Monday, July 28, 2008
INCOMING MISSIONARIES/OUTGOING MISSIONARIES
On Monday the Missionaries come into the mission home in the afternoon where President interviews each one of them before dinner. This time we had 13 missionaries going home. We enjoyed an evening dinner and testimony meeting. Each missionary was presented a binder containing pictures of past companions and baptisms during their mission. The evening was theirs to reflect, write in journals, eat ice cream sundaes and enjoy one last leisure night in the mission home with the missionaries they came out on their mission with. Out comes the air mattress, since we can only sleep 3 missionaries in beds, and they occupy every inch of the family room floor and couches. The next morning we had 13 elders and sisters showering, eating breakfast and taking one last group picture before we departed for the airport. We sent our first group home and 45 minutes another group of 17 came down the corridor ready to begin their mission. The process begins all over again with lunch at the mission home, interviews, training, dinner, consisting of carne asada prepared by Brother Lopez and his wife, testimonies and bringing out the air mattresses to sleep on one more time. Then it is up at 6:30, showering the 17, feeding them breakfast and then off to the church for transfer meeting, where all the missionaries that were called to be transferred to come to the church. It is a big social gathering as they all enjoy seeing past companions and rejoining with the new missionaries. The instruction book says after transfer meeting...."Take a Nap". I just laughed and said, right!