Yes, parents, I know I am getting behind again! But, I hope to get caught back up soon. These are the amazing departing missionaries that left us in April. Definitely a great group--some of our very strongest. We miss them greatly, but I know you are happy they are back home. They served well and touched the lives of all they met.
We have many remarkably talented missionaries. Two of these--Elder Daniel Hovey and Elder Derek Larson created our new mission logo. This logo seems perfect for Atlantic Canada and is full of symbolism with the lighthouse, crashing waves and sturdy rocks. It contains the quote by Pres. Monson, "Look to the lighthouse of the Lord." Thank you Elder Larson and Elder Hovey.
A few times a year we have a French temple trip for all the missionaries called to speak French as well as their companions. Some of the French-speaking members come as well. It's always a joyous occasion.
Sis. Buchanan left mid month. She extended a couple of weeks, so she didn't depart with the rest of her group. She definitely finished strong--she was able to have a baptism during that last week. We already miss her and wish her lots of blessings in her future life.
We were privileged to have Elder and Sis. Meurs, of the 70, visit for a mission tour. It was a whirlwind tour--zone conferences on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and then a Mission Leadership Council on Thursday before dropping them off at the airport.
They were very impressed with our amazing missionaries. (We know we have the greatest missionaries, and the Meurs seemed to confirm our opinion. ) We all tried to soak in the Meurs' counsel and learn what we could from them. We told the Meurs they will be quoted for months to come (and that's the truth). The missionaries try to absorb all the knowledge they are given--it's remarkable to see. You would be proud.
Below--Elder Ipson and Larson (what happens when they get hold of my camera when I'm not looking).
New Brunswick Zone Conference
Newfoundland Zone Conference
Nova Scotia Zone Conference
What a great group of missionaries we sent home this month. It doesn't seem to get any easier to see them go. We have memories of these young people that will last a lifetime. They will always be in our hearts.
Our latest group of arriving missionaries made it safely and are all thriving in their areas. They are an impressive group. Several of them gave talks during the Zone Conferences with Elder and Sis Meurs. They thought these brand new missionaries were remarkable--and we agree.
We had a gathering last week of our current mission leaders. Even though it looks like we had a lot of fun (and we did have fun being together), we had hours of great and intense training. The missionaries have amazing insights, and it is inspiring to see how they counsel together. Enjoy the photos.
We are in the middle of our in person interviews. Pres. Pratt hopes to interview all missionaries in person. That means a lot of travel and a lot of photos. So I am going to just go ahead and post all the interview photos together as I take them.
Four amazing elders departed the mission. They take a bit of our heart when they go. We will miss them, but look forward to how they will bless others during their lives. It's hard to say goodbye because we feel we know the departing missionaries so well. It's also hard to believe we will come to know the new missionaries as well as the old, but we always do. It's really miraculous that these young people will leave everything they know for 1 1/2 to 2 years to come serve God.