Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Follow Up Training

We met in the chapel because of the large group of new missionaries and their trainers for the follow up training today.  It was great seeing all of them again.  It appears they are getting use to the missionary life.  There were not many questions.
President instructed the missionaries in the language of prayer; the importance of addressing our Heavenly Father in a respectful way -- using thee, thou, thy, and thine.  He invited them to work on not saying you in their personal and companionship prayers.  They accepted the commitment.
Elder Iverson talked about cars including Tiwis.  Elder Floyd talked on the M & Ms = money, mold and mattresses (no jumping on the beds).  Sister Felix gave her presentation on etiquette helping the missionaries understand the importance of good manners.  The sisters stayed with 
Sister Felix as the dress guidelines from the Church were reviewed.  President Felix covered with the elders keeping their shirts white by washing them with just whites, shining their shoes, hair cuts, width of ties; Elder Gibb showed them how to roll their ties up and put them in their shirt pocket when they eat so they are not spilt on.  The trainers and new missionaries were separated so as to share their concerns and good things that they've been experiencing.  After coming back together again, President trained on the Doctrine of Christ.
Grapes, water, chips and salsa were in the cultural hall for a snack before driving back to their areas.

President and the assistants reviewing and planning.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Training 8/4/16

We had so many changes with assignments that we did a training for the Sister Training Leaders, District Leaders, Zone Leaders, and missionaries for the Young Single Adult wards.  Only 7 of 80 companionships remained together.
The bishop and his wife, ward mission leader, and the missionaries serving in a ward that is equally yoked talked with the missionaries on how it works in their ward.  I feel the missionaries have a better understanding of how to be trusted by the members. The information was taken back to their district meetings on Friday.  
The "YSA missionaries" received some training since only one of them has been serving in a YSA ward.  They had many questions and the assistants were able to lead the discussion and then the zone leaders who had been serving in YSA wards added to the discussion.

Sister Training Leaders 
Sisters Capener, Houseman, VanDerWatt, King, Hermanas Kneip, Peterson, Wright, Hemingway

District Leaders
Front row:  Elders Stewart, Hales, Elliott, Valladares, Peart, Lemus, Bradler, Heck
Back row:  Elders Slaugh, Harvey, Gemar, Pace, Hunter, VanScholcteren, McLane, Bronson, Allison, Holm

Zone Leaders
Front row:  Elders Willis, Ruby, Swenson, Campbell, Carpenter, Davis, Dorius, Peterson
Back row:  Elders Rosenlof, Huston, Summers, King, Parkinson, DuPlessis, Peisley, Taufatofua

YSA Missionaries
Elders Bradley, Sila, Stewart, Routledge
Sisters Deitos, Fisher, Ulassin, Baird, Barnum, Jones
Sisters Lambert, McClure, Orme, Cardon, Wing, Scott

Elder Weiss and Elder Gibb

Friday, August 5, 2016

Departing 8/3/16

The missionaries were dropped off at the mission home at 4:30 after having been with other missionaries during the afternoon doing the work.  
After having dinner out on the deck the sisters helped clean up.

We gathered together to share testimony and memorable experiences.

Front row:  Elders Bailey, Snyder, Hull, Garcia
Back row:  Elder Haines, Kuepper, Gardner, Klingler, Corbridge, Gregory
Hermanas Green, Eames, Sister Israelsen, Hermanas Frias, Johnson
We had a pretty emotional goodbye.  
These elders were our first transfer.  So many memories with them and the sisters.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Transfers 8/2/16

The missionaries were back at the mission home by 7:30 for breakfast.  We had 8 elders stay at the mission home and the rest stayed with members in the Ventura Stake.
We had waffles, strawberries, and whatever they wanted to put on their waffle along with bacon and either chocolate milk or juice.

After breakfast we took pictures.  President Felix finished doing interviews.  We played Jeopardy with categories from Preach My Gospel, the White Handbook and some Mission trivia.
Sister Iverson helped drive the missionaries to the mission office where we had lunch with the trainers.  Some of the departing missionaries also ate hoggie sandwiches, grapes, chips, cookies, and water.  The office senior couples provided more orientation for the new missionaries while President Felix and the Assistants gave training to the trainers.  All came together and the companionships were  introduced.  We watched a segment from the District and then more pictures before driving back to the mission home to get their luggage.  We did not have a vehicle that could take the luggage to the mission office because they were being used for the "transfer train;"  therefore, a trip back to the
 mission home.
Elder McCurdy and Elder 'Iongi
Hermana Alder and Hermana Wiles
Elder Gray and Elder Harper
Elder Judkins and Elder Kelly
Elder Dewey and Elder Anderson
Elder Holm and Elder Ballantyne
Sister Adamson and Sister Dye
Elder Morby and Elder Malone
Sister Besendorfer and Sister Devitt
Elder Christenson and Elder Judd
Elder Thurgood and Elder Heck
Elder Whatcott and Elder Davis
Elder Reichman and Elder Atkinson
Elder McLawhorn and Elder Slaugh
Elder Ward and Elder DeGraw
Elder Reeves and Elder Hoff
Elder Hales and Elder Morgan
Elder Richards and Elder Lallatin
Elder Mecham and Elder Peart
Elder Horman and Elder Strom
Elder Kopaunik and Elder Chesley
Elder Plummer and Elder Hansen
Elder Wayment and Elder Shumway

Not only do we have many new missionaries but there were only 7 out of 80 companionships that remained together.