Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Transfer and Our First New Missionaries

The subject of transferring missionaries is not taken lightly. After apporaching the Lord in much prayer and fasting the preliminary transfers are made. Then President and I, along with the assistants, attend the temple to ensure each individual missionary is correctly placed as to where the Lord wants them to serve. After this is when the transfers are finalized and the calls are made. With a mission this large, the logistics of making a transfer happen smoothly are unreal. The Assistants start making arrangement for members to give the missionaries rides to and from their new areas weeks before transfers even begin. And where that's not possible, we charter a bus. The missionaries love the transfer bus and we hope to be able to make the 3 day trip at some point in the next 3 years.
Sister Howard, Brunt, Bennion, and Soules

Sister Evans

Elder Ware and his new companion Elder Mangum

Elder Walbeck and Elder Crompton's last day as a missionary

Elder Laycock and Elder Richards

Sister Clark

Elder Crompton, Elder Hammond, Walbeck, Nelson, and Hulet 

Sister Evans and Sister Tooley, Elder May and Elder Hulet

So excited for transfers!! (You would never know that its about 200 degress in the photo)...
 Fresh from the MTC, full of energy and ready to learn all that their trainers have to teach them, our 14 new missionaries flew in today! We are SO glad to have them here. We can already tell they are a good bunch!

Coming off the plane!

Elder Peterson eagerly waiting for the Luggage

Elder Slater, Braithwaite, Winward, Cuessy, Sister Vance, Elder Kersey, Sister Moore, Elder Mangum, and Elder Peterson

Official picture outside the Lubbock Temple
We love them already!
Elder Cuessy, Peterson, Sister Moore, Nicholson, Elder Kersey, Engstrom, Braithwaite, Winward, Slater, Sister Vance, Elder Farley, Hilton, and Mangum


President Heap instructs the new missionaries

The Assistants rocked the transfer. We couldn't have done it with out them!
Elder Squires, Elder Bucknum, and Elder Checketts.
After we got the new arrivals settled in with their trainers, the departing missionaries spent their last night in the mission home for a proper send off. We played some rousing games of Mafia and Missionary Charades while President Heap interviewed them, had dinner and concluded with the famous Orange Floats. We are so sad to see these great Elders and Sister go already, but feel privileged to have been able to spend these last 2 months with them. They taught us so much and we know they will be great member missionaries still.
Elder Greenman, Walbeck, Martin, Duffy, Gardner, Nielsen, Ross, Crompton, Simonson, Ross, Whiting, NeSmith, Mounce, Rios, and last but not least, Sister Dunham!


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