Saturday, July 18, 2015

More Rain, "The District", and MEGAN'S ARRIVAL ! !

We are still having lots of rainy days, but luckily it doesn't usually last all day and the weather has basically been cool and comfortable when it's not raining.  It is gradually getting a little warmer, but so far it doesn't seem too much like the heat we get in Utah.  From what we've heard, the rest of July and the month of August may be much more hot and humid.

We have been part of the biggest district we have ever been in these last few weeks. There have been 3 sets of elders from the two wards we are assigned, the zone leaders who are Young Single Adult missionaries, and then us.  Ten of us in all.  Our district leader was Elder Hunksaker and it has been a great district.  We've had lots of great district meetings, gone with almost all of the companionships to many lessons, had dinners in our apartment with them,  and had fun going with them all to lunch at Chipotle, Subway, and Boston Market.

We were also able to get them into the Science Center and the History Museum with our passes.

The districts change a little (or a lot) at each transfer meeting due to people going home, elders being transferred in, and just changes in leadership in general.  Anyway, it has been a great group to work with and get to know.

We are sad to see it all come to an end, but it is just part of life on a mission.  You really do have to get used to change.  We can't complain because we don't have nearly as much to get used to as the young elders and sisters.

We have felt privileged to have been part of such an amazing group.

Then on July 14th we attended transfer meeting and helped to
welcome cute Sister Welch and 28 other missionaries to the mission---the biggest transfer that President and Sister Johnson have ever had.  It felt like such a tender mercy and blessing for us to see her as a missionary.  It will be wonderful to be able to share with her the people and places that we have come to know and love.  What a unique blessing and opportunity that has come to us!

It was quite a coincidence that her first area is "Butler, PA".  She has a great trainer and it seems like they will work really well together.  Just SO, SO excited for her to begin her experiences.

We also had some great missionary moments this week where we definitely felt the power of the Lord reaching out to some of the people that we are working with.

 Moment #1----We felt the blessing of helping to get 3 great kids to youth conference in Palmyra at the very last moment. They were all so excited to go and it just wouldn't have happened if the Lord hadn't directed us to be at the right place at the right time.

  Moment #2----After struggling for 2 plus weeks to get major issues with Comcast taken care of for a refugee family---everything finally worked.  We got approval
for them to subscribe to a low cost internet program after they had been taken advantage of by telemarketers because of language barriers.  They will probably even be able to buy a low cost computer besides!! This means they can do school work, job hunting and online seminary now!

 Moment #3----We had a wonderful district meeting with our new district, interviews with President & Sister Johnson, and then dinner at Sister Eldridges home.  Sister Eldridge is a wonderful cook that spares no calories in her cooking.  The elders love her cooking and it does taste SO good.  She loves the church and the elders.

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