Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Arrivals 3/9/2015

Our typical schedule of missionaries arriving just before noon had been changed.  These missionaries arrived in Santa Barbara at 9:00 a.m.  Wait, there's only 6 and we were suppose to have 8 missionaries.  Two hermanas were missing.  President Felix called the IFR (Infield Representative) for help in finding the two.  After talking with missionary travel we were told their flight would not arrive until 3:00 p.m.
Elder Willis from Virginia
Hermana Frias from Mexico
Hermana Green from Utah
Sister Ulassin from Texas
Sister Berry from North Carolina
Elder Lemus from Maryland

Hermana Johnson from Utah
Hermana Eames from Washington

We went to the Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).  Elder and Sister McIntosh prepared breakfast of french toast, a fruit medley, and orange juice.  The plan was to stay there and let the missionaries rest a bit while President Felix interviewed each one.

We went to the Cross so they could see the ocean, Ventura, and Oxnard.  President Felix talked about having both feet in and being anxiously engaged.  Leave all behind and be fully committed.  
Hermana Green was the last to jump in with both feet.
We dropped the missionaries off at the mission home with the assistants for lunch.  It consisted of roast beef on flat bread, grapes, cantelope, chips and snicker doodle cookies.  President and Sister Felix left them there and drove back to the airport to pick up Hermana Johnson and Hermana Eames.  It was fun visiting with them on the drive back.  
The assistants drove the missionaries in the mission van to the Ventura Stake Center for training in the 12 week program and they then had the opportunity to go out with some of our missionaries.
They were then brought back to the mission home for dinner.  We ate on the deck.  We had fiesta chicken pasta salad, taquitos, and watermelon.  After a powerpoint intro of President and Sister Felix and a short orientation from the assistants, we enjoyed ice cream and brownies.

It is such a long day for these missionaries.  They were up so early to get to the airport. We were blessed to have the bishop of one of the wards in Ventura have the two elders stay the night.  They were picked up at 8:00 p.m. and dropped off at the mission home the next morning at 6:45 for breakfast.  All of the sisters stayed at the mission home.  They were such good sports to stay awake (or wake up) to practice a song at 8:50 to sing at Transfer meeting.  They sang Lead Kindly Light and sounded very good.  
These pictures are Tuesday morning as they were receiving some instruction from the Senior Couples regarding, medical, mail, housing, finances, driving and biking.

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