On Friday we met with the new missionaries and their trainers. These companionships are doing so great together! I am amazed at the growth and confidence I see in these new missionaries in the short time they have been here. At this meeting I have the opportunity to teach about "Adjusting to Missionary life". We discuss the challenges they face and talk about what we have control over vs. what we have no control over. They are so bright and full of light. Their insights are awesome! I see a desire in each of them to succeed as a missionary. We do all we can to help them in this. Yet, often times we have to sit back and let them struggle. As they rely on their Heavenly Father and Savior they begin to really "get it". They see the tender mercies of the Lord, his mighty miracles and missionary work becomes a JOY.
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
(Words of Ammon, a great missionary! Alma 26:12)
We are grateful to have Elder Olsen join Elder Mansfield as an "Office Elder"
While the new missionaries meet with Elder & Sister Larsen for Vehicle Training
we meet for a few minutes with the Trainers.
Elder Hatfield had a "mis-hap" while running to get his laundry on P-day. Fortunately he is going to be just fine!! In fact, after the meeting he gave me back the crutches.
Sister Heiner was grateful we brought the bag of blankets. The gym feels so cold sometimes!
In this meeting we talk about "Adjusting to Missionary life" and "The First 12 Weeks"
Friday afternoon we welcomed Elder Rocha from Brazil. He had been serving in his home country while waiting for his Visa. We are so happy to have him join us in New York!
Elder Rocha will be serving with Elder Tatafu and Elder Hoskins.