We could have called this “Cheaper by the Two Dozen” but I kinda like this title. This week was change week. It was a probably one of the hardest weeks we have had because of the schedule. Monday we ended up running missionaries to and from Doctor appointments. This got pretty tiring. The changes started Tuesday morning at 12:35 A.M. when eleven missionaries arrived from the Mexico MTC. They were all from the USA and looked like a real good group even though it was the middle of the night. I have often said that the Holy Ghost is not awake at that time of the night but they did seem in good spirits. We took them back to the Hostel and put them to bed. Renee stayed home so she could get some rest as she was going to be cooking all day. I got to bed at 2:30 A.M. and then up at 7:30 A. M. to take Renee over to the mission home to cook. I also did another missionary doctor visit before the 11:45 A. M. flight from Argentina with the other 12 missionaries.
|Missionaries from Argentine MTC|
Renee helped to prepare six large meals for the missionaries. It is a big job. She loves it and does a really good job. I took several pictures from the first meal. I think there are a few of their mothers that may be following the blog so the pictures are for you. By the way, comments to the blog mean more treats for your children. This is a large group. I am very impressed with them. I can see most of them as leaders in the mission. On Tuesday night they had a little cultural presentation that is really just a fun game about things in Uruguay. At the end each team had to send up a spokesman. As I looked at the two young missionaries, I thought that some day they will be companions as zoned leaders. That’s good because most of the zone leaders go home in the next couple of changes. Oh yeh, Tuesday ended with another trip to take missionaries home from the Doctor. We pretty much had our share of the doctor visits.
We got home about 9:00 P.M. which was good because we had to be at the mission home at 7:30 A.M. the next morning. Wednesday morning starts with feeding breakfast to all of the trainers at 8:30 A.M. while the new missionaries go to the medical exam for their documents. The new missionaries arrive from the doctor are fed and paired up with their companions and sent to their areas. This is just in time for the missionaries that are going home to arrive at the mission home. This is a great group.
|Last picture at the Mission Home|
|Magnificent Seven Singing|
Wednesday night we helped with the dinner for the missionaries going home. Sister Eddy insisted that we come in for the meal and also attend the final testimony meeting. What a wonderful Spirit. It is so good to see these great leaders as they receive “Well done thou good and faithful servant” from the mission president. I am sure they have also felt this from the Spirit of the Lord.
|Guess which one is Jessica|
What a faith promoting week. We started out with a very large group of new missionaries that are young and willing to learn. We finished off the week by sending the finished product home. You just can’t describe the growth that these young people see in the time they are in the mission field. Their faith is strengthened, they learn leadership and more importantly the come to know for sure that Jesus Christ is our Savior and died for all of us. Each day in the mission field we come to know more surely that we have living Prophet on the earth. The truths of the Book of Mormon are life changing. The teachings are timeless.
Once again, we are grateful for all of you and especially grateful that we can be part of this wonder work. We love you.
Gordon and Renee.