We said goodbye to a great, hard-working missionary--Elder Batley. He injured his knee on a preparation day. We wish him the best!
In September we had a Senior Missionary Conference, our first ever, and it was so great! We didn't realize that many of the couples have never met in person because we are so spread out. Every one of our couples is remarkable.
As we sat around the table for dinner that final evening, I thought to myself how remarkable it is that these wonderful people have taken time out of their lives to be here. That is one of the miracles of the Church.
We had a wonderful French temple trip in September. The missionaries and members both love being together and having the experience of attending the temple with a session in French. We even got the chance to babysit a dog while one member attended the temple.
I must say Bubba was very well behaved!
What can I say about this group of departing missionaries--they were fantastic missionaries and have blessed the lives of so many here in the mission.
They are so impressive and truly are "as the army of Helaman."
We had 14 new missionaries arrive, and I believe they were our earliest group. After getting luggage and getting through customs, they arrived back at the mission home at 2 a.m.
It's fun to meet them. They all look very tired and a little shell shocked after traveling all day. But, it's amazing to see how quickly they settle into missionary life.
We can't wait to see what a force for good this will be!
We have an annual leadership conference (this is our 2nd) for all the mission leaders. We brought them all to Halifax for 2 days to get instruction and learn from each other.
We learned so much as we counseled together. The missionaries received inspiration to take back to their areas. Everyone left feeling even more anxious to serve.
We did have a few fun moments to break up the training so that we could stay focused and awake.