Wow! Twenty-eight missionaries arrived today in the Great California San Fernando Mission. We are so excited to have them here. As you can see from the picture, they are an amazing group. This is the largest group we have ever had arrive and we managed to get everyone and their luggage to where they needed to be.
We picked them up from two airports, three planes and a bus and will have one more arriving next week. We had a quick lunch of pizza, some paperwork and sent them out with some fantastic missionaries to go find people to teach. I am always so impressed by the experiences that they share from their first afternoon in the mission. After all that, we had dinner together at the mission home with our family and then sent them off to get a good night sleep at local missionary apartments/hotels.
Tomorrow morning we will have a Transfer Meeting, where every missionary who is getting a new companion will meet at a stake center and receive their new assignments. So tomorrow your missionary will meet his or her trainer and be on the way to the new area. President Hall has met with each new missionary and makes it a sincere matter of prayer of which trainer and which missionary will be together. We do ask that when you pray for your missionary, to also pray for their companion. We believe in miracles in this mission and we will take all the prayer we can get!
Some of our new missionaries are waiting for their visas before heading out to other missions. We can’t say enough good things about our visa waiters—we love them and hate to see them go. We will always count them as part of our mission family. We are so glad for the red-tape that sends them to us, even if it is just for a few weeks.
Thank you again for sending us your missionary!