Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Transfers

Getting ready to welcome 14 new missionaries!  They arrived on 3 different flights.  Sis. Clark ended up being delayed 2 hours.  We were very appreciative of the Honeycutts going back to get her and joining us for the welcome testimony meeting.

The man in this picture, David, came right up to us as he walked off the jet way.  He was so impressed with the missionaries and had a wonderful conversation with one of our new Elders who sat next to him.  As we visited longer we learned he flew into NY to attend his ex-wifes funeral.  He was grieving and was worried about his 2 children.  The missionaries testified to him of eternal families and invited him to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is just one of many stories that take place behind the scenes at the airport.  It is not uncommon for people traveling with our missionaries to come up to us and tell us how impressive they are, that they stand out from their peers and they are full of light.  

We are so happy to welcome Elder Holt back to NY.  He spent 2 transfers serving in the
California San Diego mission in the ASL program.

Elder Norton signing to Elder Holt

Transfer Morning at the Scarsdale Chapel

On Tuesday morning we meet at the Scarsdale Chapel for a brief training. We take pictures of all the new missionaries, they meet their trainers and learn what area they will begin their service in.  Then they are off to begin serving! 

Sister Kuykendall
Elder Kanell
Elder Taylor
Sister Wilcox
Elder Norton
Elder Moore
Elder Nelson
Elder Hernandez
Sister Clark
Sister Anderson
Sister Acor
Sister Holmes
Sister Neria

Thank you to Elder and Sister Miles for taking pictures of missionaries throughout transfer day!  Upstate missionaries meet at the Ossining Chapel and City missionaries meet at the Inwood Chapel.  There are lots of moving parts but somehow everything works out and everyone gets to where they need to be.  It was a hot, humid, 87 degree day...but missionaries never complain.  They are happy and so adaptable!

 We will miss these 3 outstanding Elders!  It was a beautiful day in Manhattan and so wonderful to spend time together in the Temple.

Thought from our current Book of Mormon reading...

In 1 Nephi 18 we read about Nephi building the ship that will eventually take his family across the water to the Promised Land.  In verse 1 it says "And it came to pass that they did worship the Lord, and did go forth with me; and we did work timbers of curious workmanship.  And the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timber of the ship."

Many times we are asked to do things we have never done before, they may seem hard or overwhelming.  I know as we trust in the Lord he will guide us.  We however need to act in faith and do all we can.  From time to time the Lord gives us reminders that he is there, he is very aware of us, and he is leading us every step of the way.

Last week I was worried about a situation in our family.  It was weighing heavily on my mind.  While in the Temple I received a very clear answer to the problem I was facing.  It was miraculous to me.  I was reminded once again the Lord knows us, he loves us, and he cares about the intimate details of our lives.

September MLC

 New Trainers!

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