Hey everyone! Pretty busy, but great week we had.
On Monday, we spent a little bit of time cleaning our van and going shopping. Then, We went and met with President Rehm to go over the new missionaries and assigning them trainers. There were some crazy last minute changes that we found out about that altered our plans for transfers. For example, one of the spanish trainers didn't have driving privileges and neither did any of the other spanish missionaries coming out, so we had to do a last minute switch of trainers, which in turn altered travel arrangements. So while doing that, we were able to get everyone assigned a companion and last minute travel plans figured out. After that, we drove to the airport and picked up all 21 new missionaries! It was really weird to be back in the airport and seeing all of those new missionaries come off the plane. It took me back to when I stepped off of the plane just over a year ago. I got to drive the big van with the trailer and transport the greenies all over the place.
They had tons of questions to ask haha. We went and had dinner at the Meadowland building and took everyone's luggage to where they would stay for the night. After the meetings, we took the new missionaries home and then went home to make some extra calls about transfers.
Tuesday was transfer day and it was STRAIGHT CRAZY. We woke up and had breakfast with the new missionaries at the mission home. We then took them to the Aeroplaza building for more meetings. At 10:00am, the first wave of missionaries came to transfer. Elder Constantine left to teach Train the Trainer and I oversaw the transfers of the missionaries. Another wave of missionaries came at 11 and then 12. We then had lunch and things were going fairly well with transfers. There was just a small hold up about some missionaries not having a car. But in the end everything was figured out. Then we met with President to finalize the trainers and pray about the companionships, after which, I then taught the Trainer and New Missionary meeting. It was pretty cool but I felt like I could have prepared better. At the end of that meeting, all of the new missionaries met their companions and then headed out to their areas. After all of that mess was taken care of, we met up with the missionaries who would be going home and took them and their luggage to the mission home. We had dinner with them, went to see a couple of potential investigators, came back and stayed the night at the mission home.
Dinner with departing missionaries
The departing missionaries get to watch a movie before they go home and we are allowed to sit in on that for our slaving over transfer stuff. It was cool to be there with the missionaries too.
On Wednesday, we had breakfast, and then got ready to go to the temple!
The departing missionaries (and us) get to attend the temple and do an endowment and a sealing session before they go. I also got to say goodbye to Elder Schilling, who trained me! I can't believe he is already finishing his mission. We returned and had dinner as well as a testimony meeting from those going home. It was really great to be there for that because I got to hear from a lot of people that I have served around. Specifically, Elder Taylor and Elder Jolley as well as Sister Tucker, who I served with while I was in Castle Rock:) We stayed the night there again because of the early departure in the morning.
On Thursday, We woke up early and got all of the departing missionaries packed and ready to leave. We drove them down to the Colorado Springs airport and watched them until they went through security. This week has provided a unique opportunity for me to reflect on my mission. I got to see the new missionaries come in and reflect on the past year that I have served so far. I also got to see the missionaries going home and ponder about the coming year that I have left. I am grateful for the great blessings that the Lord has given me and the many blessings to come. We came home and planned for the rest of the week. We also prepared for the upcoming Zone Conferences that we would teach in. Dinner was with the Sisters at the Nielsens! It was really fun and we had a good lesson.
On Friday, the office called us in the morning to help them with some things. We had to take a trailer to a shop in the Springs and drop it off for repair. Then we came back for District meeting. Our District Leader is Elder Clancy, an elder that I started my mission with and so it's fun to be around him. There are 2 of the new missionaries in our district now and that's Elder Scott and Elder Conrad. We had lots of good lessons that day. We stopped by the Wheelers as well as Francis and Rafael and had good prep lessons with them. We had a good lesson with Jose and are continuing our work with him. For dinner we were taken to a cool greek restaurant where they served some pretty good gyros. After that, we had a lesson with the Foster girls and prepped them for their confirmation on Sunday.
On Saturday, we got a call from the Mountain Shadows sisters asking for a blessing. One of them went to the emergency room for some stomach pain they were having and were coming back from their visit. We showed up and then gave her a blessing. After making sure they were taken care of, we went home and had a lesson with Francis and Rafael about the Priesthood. Then we did some studies and a little preparation for our lesson with the Wheelers that afternoon. We had a really good lesson on the Plan of Salvation for their little girl and also talked to the parents about setting a day to go to the Temple. They both really want to be active again and that is so great to hear. While we were getting lunch a lady came up to us and asked us why we were so happy all of the time. Her name is Thanesia and we told her about missions and our purpose and then she told us to come over and teach her!! She lives in the apartment right above us and we went and had a great introductory lesson with her that afternoon about the gospel, how it helps us, baptism, and where we see the gospel leading her. She was super enthused about it and we are excited for her desire to know more. Dinner was with the Sisters on Peterson Air Force Base with the Mismash family.
They are super cool and love the missionaries. In the evening, we had a lesson with Greg and Shannon. We showed them the video about the Mormon battalion and talked with them about putting the Lord's ways above our ways. It was great to be over there.
On Sunday, we had Jimmy and Erich come to church. There was also the confirmation of Reygan, Kyla, and Kymber. Elder Constantine confirmed Reygan, Bishop Hendry confirmed Kyla, and I confirmed Kymber. It was awesome to be a part of that for them. The rest of church went well and we had good classes. After church, we went more in depth for our Zone Conference teaching portion and made a good outline of what we were going to teach. We had dinner on base again and then took call ins from the Zone Leaders that night.
It has been a great week this week and it is wonderful to see all the many blessings that the Lord has in store for those who work hard. I am ever grateful for his promise that he will lead us to those he has prepared or he will lead them to us. Have a great week everyone!
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