I know I say this every time, but it was really difficult saying goodbye to these wonderful missionaries. They blessed our mission with their leadership and insights.
Five new missionaries arrived in August. They are already making fast progress and are going to be great. Looking forward to getting to know them better.
We just started additional training for our new missionaries. We will be having this training every 12 weeks. We felt like the training the missionaries received the 1st day they arrive is not adequate. They are too tired and overwhelmed to absorb much. The training was amazing, and we fill this will really make a difference for the new missionaries and the mission.
We had our Mission Leadership Council meetings in Moncton, New Brunswick. We had lots of great training. One object lesson including changing a baby's diaper which Elder Kearsley performed very well.
We had interviews on Prince Edward Island and attended their District Meeting. The training at district meeting was very good, and the missionaries there are all doing well. Love these photos.
We did take a p-day to see a few of the sights in Newfoundland. (I was joking about the whales--we haven't gotten a chance to see whales yet.) We did, however, see icebergs and puffins and wildflowers. Throughout the maritimes in the summer you will see lupines. We also saw wild irises. Thought you would be interested in seeing the beauty of the CHM.
Yes, it has become tradition (since we are now meeting at the Lion's Club) to have every group photo with the lion:) This is our smallest zone conference (number of missionaries) but certainly not the least meaningful or fun of our zone conferences. Our Newfoundland missionary couples are the ones that feed us at our zone conference now (much nicer food than at the Gander Hotel). We appreciate them so much for providing the food for zone conferences and other meetings as well as innumerable and unusual ways they serve the missionaries and people of Newfoundland.
Our Wednesday Zone Conference took place in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Our office missionaries fed us tasty Mexican food, and we received great insights as we counseled together to make our mission stronger. Our office couples (the Hulls and McKibbins) and Sis. Street take great care of the us, the missionaries, and everyone in the mission boundaries.
Our New Brunswick Zone Conference took place in Moncton, New Brunswick as usual. We are treated very well there. A wonderful group of members feeds us at every zone conference (every 6 weeks). They are so kind to the missionaries, and we appreciate their caring service. You can see below the process it takes to get an organized group photo of 60+ missionaries as well as photos that demonstrate how much the missionaries love being together!
Sis. Debra Pratt