Tuesday afternoon we took our 3 departing missionaries to the temple, as is our tradition. It is always wonderful to be in the temple with them. I love seeing them dressed in their white clothing.
Following our session we came back to the mission home for dinner (made by Natasha!), and had a little, intimate testimony meeting with just the five of us. Even in a group that small you can feel the spirit, and it is so gratifying to see how these missionaries have grown throughout their service in the mission field.
Wednesday morning we took the two elders to the airport to catch their flights. Sister Lyu, the only sister going home, didn't have her flight to Taiwan until 5:30 in the afternoon, so we took her out about 3:30. But before that, we greeted our 6 new missionaries at the airport about 2:00. So we sent some off, and welcomed the new! We think we are going to like this new schedule of having them go and come on the same day. It was a little cramped this time because of Sister Lyu's late flight, but other than that, it worked out great!
Thursday morning we had a training with the new missionaries for a bit, and then their new companions came and met them and transfers began! It is always so exciting to have the new missionaries meet their trainers and head to their areas. This is what they have been waiting for!!
Our transfer day went smoothly with no real hiccups, which is always a relief! We are always grateful when transfer week is complete and things went well! Our senior couples serving in the office do so much to make transfer week successful, and we are SO grateful for them and all that they do! There are always some changes in housing, and always changes with automobiles, and there is just a lot that goes on behind the scenes that most people have no idea of. Senior couples are so valuable in a mission- and if you think being an office couple would be boring, you are wrong! They have so much interaction with the missionaries, and our couples have really enjoyed their service.
Friday for the first time in a long time we took a little bit of a p-day afternoon and went out to Banff just to get out of the city. It was really great to have a few hours of relaxing! We are hoping that once a transfer we can do that. I say that, but looking ahead to April and May, I'm not really seeing that come to fruition! ha ha.
Then it was great to be able to listen to General Conference this weekend. To be able to hear President Monson was wonderful, and to hear his words of counsel about reading the Book of Mormon and how it will bless our lives was so great. I have a real testimony that as we follow the counsel of our prophet we will be blessed. We have seen it throughout our lives. And I can also testify of the power of the Book of Mormon, and the spirit that comes into our lives as we continually read and ponder it. I love the Book of Mormon. My testimony of the Savior and of this gospel was founded through that book, and it is one of my greatest treasures. We have been reading it as a mission and will be finishing on Easter Sunday. It has been such a great experience.
|Watching General Conference with our missionaries!|
|Welcoming our new missionaries at the airport!|
|Taking a selfie with Sister Lyu before sending her home to Taiwan!|
|Banff in the springtime (?)|
|April 1 was Elders Johnson and Ibanez birthdays, so we sang to them after General Conference!|
|The Prince of Peace|
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