We had our first transfer 4 weeks ago. It was the BUSIEST week of our mission so far. I thought I better get it here on the blog before our next transfer in 2 weeks. Transfer time is a really incredible time during the mission. First, President Albright and the Assistants spend many hours of prayer and discussion deciding the best way to organize the companionships, the districts, and the zones. Because some missionaries are leaving for home and new ones are arriving it necessitates a lot of changes. The transfer board is where the work is done in Pres. Albright's office behind closed doors. (One of the pictures shows the board). While the men are doing this work, I am busy preparing the mission home with lots of food and clean beds. And Cooking--Lots of it.
This work is finalized and on Wed the fun starts. The new missionaries arrive sometime in the afternoon. On July 8, 2009 we had 10 new missionaries arrive. They were: Sister Banks, Baxter, Bennett, Ferry, and Murray and Elders Brogan, Scott, Gillihan, Jones, and Karren.
They are picked up by Pres. and the Assistants. This time it took a couple of vans and a U-haul because of all the luggage and people. They arrive at the mission home around 5:00 p.m. and dinner is ready.
The office couples came over around 3:00 to help me get ready. There are two dinning rooms plus the kitchen table to we can seat up to 38 it needed. We had 24 for this evening's meal.
That included: The new missionaries, Pres. and I, the Assistants, the office Elders, the Office couples, and Pres. and Sis. Ward and Pres. and Sis Burton.
Every new mission Pres. Wife has to figure out what can be made in LARGE quantities and still be impressive.(haha). And we get to try to keep up with the former Mission Mom and from what I've been told, Sis. Wixom was a fabulous cook. She is so sweet she even left me her recipes which I really do appreciate. The more I hear about her, the more I admire her. They miss you, Sis. Wixom (if you are reading this). Anyhow, we had pork roast, cheesy potatoes, rolls, and 4-layer dessert. They seemed to like it. And roasts are really easy. It was a fun and relaxing time to visit with the new missionaries and let them get to know all of us who are going to be such a big part of their lives for the next 2 years.
After dinner, the new missionaries, Pres. and I, the Assistants, and office Elders went down stairs for a New Missionary Training. It was wonderful. Being only a week into this, the Assistants led the way. They knew all the things to tell them about the first night here. We had each new missionary bear their testimony and I immediately knew we had been blessed with 10 valiant spirits. What incredible testimonies they shared. They are a great group of young adults and will be successful missionaries. Then it was off to bed.
The mission home has a wonderful set up. In the basement are 11 bunks and all the Elders stay down stairs. There is even a bathroom with two big showers. Kind of like a dorm. It is great.
The Sisters stay on the 2nd floor where there 3 extra rooms with twin beds and trundle beds underneath.
You might wonder if I stayed up all night doing dishes. These people are amazing. While we are downstairs having our meeting, the office couples do all the dishes. I am still feeling guilty about it. They are too sweet and I love and appreciate them so much.