Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Arrival Night

From the airport it's a short distance to the Brandon Building where we
feed the new missionaries and all the helpers,
give a short overview of the Mississippi Jackson Mission,
and hear briefly from each of these wonderful missionaries.
They have learned a lot in the MTC, their testimonies have increased, and
they have come to us anxious to work! 

 These are the Sister Training Leaders and the Assistants with President McDonough.
They do an overview of the mission while the president interviews each of our new missionaries.

Then it's on to the mission home.
President McDonough continues the interviews.
 We feed them a quick snack of
sandwiches, fruit, chips, cookies, and ice cream.
We want them to feel welcome and loved.
Food.  Right? 

It is a very fun way to begin the mission.  They enjoy becoming acquainted with each other and the Spanish speaking elders who were the first group trained in the Mexico MTC and loved it.
The bishop of one ward and a member of another ward have volunteered to house the elders overnight.  We are still indebted to these kind members and getting more so.
These missionaries have been awake many hours.  It was a short night at the MTC before boarding the plane to come to Mississippi.  They are ready to sleep.
It's about 9:00 PM.  The elders leave.  The sisters go upstairs and it gets quiet.
The president, assistants, and sister training leaders then start the process of matching the new missionaries with their trainers.  After prayers and discussion, agreements are reached and the new missionaries' magnets are placed on the transfer board next to their trainers.
Next morning is kind of like Christmas.

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