At each Meet and Greet they opened with hymns, then with prayer and a spiritual thought. They had 2 special musical numbers. We have been VERY impressed with the musical talents in the mission and I will tell about them later. The Assistants then introduced us in very playful dialogue. Next, I told about our family and the experience of being called, I showed a power point presentation of pictures of our family so they could see us in our home and surroundings. President Albright then spoke and bore his testimony. He is a great speaker and I know they began to feel his love and concern for them immediately. Then the missionaries lined up and we got to shake their hands. Pres. hugged the Elders and I hugged the Sisters. It was delightful and I felt a great love for them growing with each one I met. We did this same thing at 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 for two days. We have 8 zones named after the stakes in the mission. We met with 2 each time. Fredricksburg and Woodbridge, Annandale and Mt. Vernon, Ashburn and Centreville, and McLean and Oakton. At the end of two days I felt completely peaceful and excited about the mission knowing what incredible young people have been sent to serve in Washington DC South. Elders Ganaway, Gifford, Brunstadt, and Robbins were waiting on us hand and foot. What great young men who are training us how to run the mission.
At the end of a long and exhausting day Thurs. we headed to an emergency room in Ashburn where one of Elders had been taken by ambulance. He had dislocated his ankle (it was facing almost backwards) and broke it in 3 places. He is a brave young man and his greatest concern was that he didn't want to go home. He stayed with us at the mission home for about 5 days and then returned home to Seattle to have it operated on. We hope he will be returning when he has gotten better in about 10 weeks. Elder Rusk is a Hero. I'm sure he'll be back as soon as he can.