Every 3 months we travel the mission so President Pratt can interview missionaries. We try and take photos on these visits, but haven't been great at getting them posted. Here are some snapshots of missionaries as we were touring in August.
This was a fabulous zone conference. All the trainings by the missionaries were well done. We were focusing on exact obedience--not rationalizing as well as training on our Gatoraid Initiative (if you don't know what that's all about, you will have to ask the missionaries).
Since the zone conference, the missionaries have been accelerating their hard work. They listen so well and want to improve so much, that they are quick to observe. That is one of the happy surprises of our mission.
We opened a new area on Sunday, August 7. We were there for the first Sunday meeting. There were 22 members in attendance. This is especially exciting as it is a French speaking area.
Elder Ostermiller and Elder Iacapucci are the missionaries opening the area. They are the first missionaries in about 10 years to be living in Edmonston. They are very hard workers, and are having much success.
We are very optimistic about this little branch, and the members are very excited to be meeting in their own area. They have been traveling across the border to Caribou, Maine for church (about a 1 hour drive each way).
We didn't realize what an army of missionaries we had leaving until we shook hands with each of them as they entered the doors of the mission home. We will miss these Elders sorely. We are now saying goodbye to missionaries that basically trained us when we first got here. The goodbyes are bittersweet.
That last night in the mission home, the majority of the Elders wanted to spend their time harmonizing around the piano. What talented missionaries we have.