Saturday, February 18, 2012

How do I love thee...

33 years ago, on Valentine's Day, we were married.
How do I love thee...
....enough to get up at 5am and go to the airport

to say goodbye to Elder Christian Calderón.
and then spend 3 hours at the downtown market
followed by 3 hours of missionary interviews
(of course handing out chocolates and valentine stickers)
and an evening of missionary phone calls.

How do I love thee...
more each day
through every experience on our journey
to eternity.

We have finished interviews with 4 zones
San Fernando, Villa Colombia, Calima, and Palmira

In Palmira we went to the zone leaders house to interview
Elders Jensen and Galeano.
Elder Galeano arrived with our 25 new missionaries and 2 days into his
mission he ended up in the hospital for 5 days.
He is now having a nurse visit 4 times a day at their apartment to give injections.
After 7 days of this he is hopeful to really get started on his mission.
I love these faithful missionaries. 
Our zone leaders, Elder Coria (pictured here on the right)
and Elder Tauese (out with missionaries)
have been amazing as they have loved and taken care of this great new missionary
Friday we had Zone Leader Counsel.
We now have 9 new zone leaders who are excellent missionaries and love serving the Lord.
Elders Coria, Smuin, Stutz, Alfaro, Rocha
Moscol, Flores, Garcia, and Cachi

A day of training, spiritual feasting, and planning.
These great zone leaders are the future leaders of the kingdom!
24 Zone Leaders + 2 Assistants + 1 President + 1 Sister Prince = one long day well done!
I LOVE being with these missionaries!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Until we meet again....

2 year ago parents anxiously sent their sons off to the faraway
Colombia Cali Mission
in hopes that they would be taken care of by people they did not know.

This morning I sent off 14 missionary sons to homes faraway
to be taken care of by people I do not know
....but I KNOW they are good people
because they have raised incredible sons!

"and they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all--they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before Him."  Alma 53:20-21

Each time it gets harder...there was NO training for saying goodbye without crying
...not sure I will ever learn.


3 of these great young men were valiant in their English study program...
Elder Rivas, Elder Bautista, and Elder Garrido
received their certificates for taking the English Proficiency Exam.

Elder Rivas                                                   Elder Garrido

Elder Bautista

The week in review...
40 interviews
206 plates of food prepared
3 trips to and from the airport
110 missionary transfers successfully executed
11 new zone leaders
6 hours of new missionary training given
4 exhausted office Elders
2 incredible assistants
1 lost suitcase....miraculously found
many miracles
innumerable handshakes and hugs
too many tears shed


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Announcing...25 new missionaries...excelente!!

We feel like lucky parents to have received
25 new missionaries in one day!
All parents are partial to their children, but these missionaries

They come to us from 11 different countries:
Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, El Salvador, Colombia, USA,
Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Uruguay

23 Elders and 2 Sisters
Housing them and training them was exciting, exhausting, and engaging.
We have a lot to learn from these chosen representatives during the next 2 years!

A visit to Cristo Rey to look over their new field of labor...

A baptism at night to teach that in this mission
we work with members to baptize and retain new investigators.

President Prince had the blessing of baptizing one of our investigators that night was a spiritual feast!

A day full of training...our new missionaries might be a little overwhelmed...

 but together with their new trainers...they are happy and ready to go to work!!

Welcome to the best mission in the world!!!