Thursday, July 14, 2016

Welcomes, Farewells and happenings in the mission!

 Here they come! 
 We were so happy to welcome 27 new missionaries (the numbers fluctuated all week due to visa's)  It is an awesome group.  I was so touched during the opening testimony meeting by the depth of their conviction.  They are well prepared.  They know and love the Savior.  It is exciting to think of how they will grow and become even better.  

Second group arriving from the CCM, Mexico Missionary training center

Elder Pina arriving from the Madrid Spain Missionary Training Center

We welcomed 2 new assistants to the office this transfer, Elder McBride and Elder Mackintosh.  William did a great job "training" them.  He spent 3 full days with them showing them the ropes of transfers.  This is one happy kid when he is with the missionaries!

Elder McBride

Elder Mackintosh

Sister Lin

Sister Ho

Sister Morales

Sister Wright

Sister Dismuke

Sister Nielsen

Sister Ballif

Sister Day

Sister Bain

Sister Johnson

Sister Muhlestein

Sister Hess

Elder French

Elder Schott

Elder Smith

Elder Aurich

Elder Bradley

Elder Geppelt

Elder Smiley

Elder Brown

Elder Kirkham

Elder Stevenson

Elder Murray

Elder Norton

Elder Pina

Elder Espinoza

Elder Myers

This transfer we attended the Temple with the going home missionaries on their last full
 day in New York.  It was a wonderful experience.  This is an incredible group of 
missionaries who we will miss immensely.  

Included in this group are Elder and Sister Hunt who will complete their mission at the end of July.  They have worked tirelessly in the mission office taking care of so many details each and every day.  They keep the mission running!  They have also helped countless people with their family history work.  Elder and Sister Zimmerman begin their road trip home next week.  Their love and service has been a blessing to so many as they served tirelessly in the Yonkers Spanish Branch in the Westchester Zone and worked with missionaries throughout the mission teaching Spanish, mending clothes, feeding countless meals and strengthening testimonies.  We will miss these wonderful couples.

When we were taking this photo an elderly gentleman stopped and was looking at us.  I walked over to him afterwards.  He told me he had lived in the neighborhood for many years and then said "this is the most wholesome group of people I have ever seen in my life, they are so full of light."  I thought that was a beautiful comment.

"I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands?  I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?" 
Alma 5:19

We will miss Elder and Sister Goo who left NY last week to return to Hawaii.  They have been an amazing blessing to the people of Chinatown and the missionaries they have served with.  We will all miss Sister Goo's fabulous cooking and yummy cookies. Aloha nui loa!

 A few pictures from the airport bright and early Wednesday morning.

God be with you dear Elders and Sisters until we meet again...

We put Lauren on the same flight as the missionaries flying to Utah.  She had so much fun traveling with them and meeting some of their families.  I am forever grateful for the influence of these missionaries on my children.

This was William 5 minutes after we returned home from the airport. 
It was a non-stop wonderful week.  

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