Monday, September 28, 2015

An Abundance of Blessings!

The end of August brought an abundance of blessings.  
First Elder and Sister Just arrived from Maryland to
assume assignments and mission secretary and referral secretary.
We are so grateful to welcome them as part of the mission.
The Duvalls stayed an extra couple of weeks so they could
help to train the Justs, which was also a blessing.  The Justs'
training started off with a bang because they arrived only days
before a new group of young elders and sisters.  

In addition to the Justs, nineteen new missionaries arrived in the California Riverside Mission in August.  Here are our new elders and sisters and the companions who will help them train.  

Sister Jensen (R) from Burlington, Wyoming 
and her companion, Sister Spencer

 Elder Phipps (R) from Hyrum, Utah
and his companion, Elder Gill

 Elder Parry (R) from Morgan, Utah 
and his companion, Elder Turner

Sister Pitman (R) from Pocatello, Idaho
and her companion, Sister Carlson

 Elder Macki (L) from Colby, Kansas
and his companion, Elder Reeve

Elder Denning (L) from Elk Ridge, Utah
and his companion, Elder Frost.

Elder Wood (L) from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
and his companion, Elder Glathar 

Elder Dunn (L) from McCammon, Idaho 
and his companion Elder Catchatoorian

Elder Jones (L) from Ozark, Alabama
and his companion Elder Battaglia

Elder Murphy (L) from Meridian, Idaho
and his companion Elder Giguiere

Elder Jones (L) from Otto, Wyoming
and his companion Elder Anderson

Sister Petersen (L) from Mapleton, Utah 
and her companion, Sister Buhler

 Elder Jackson (L) from Winnemucca, Nevada 
and his companion Elder Andrus

Elder Brinkerhoff (L) from Emmett, Idaho 
and his companion, Elder Foster 

Elder Truman (L) from Nolensville, Tennessee
and his companion, Elder Dall

Sister McGuire (L) from Chino Valley, Arizona
and her companion, Sister Simpson

Sister Turner (R) from El Paso, Texas
and her companion, Sister Cozzens

Elder Drebot (R) from West Valley City, Utah
and his companion, Elder Hoyt

Elder Paxton (L) from Springville, Utah
and his companion, Elder Taylor

The incoming elders and sisters arrived on Tuesday afternoon.  
They came first to the mission home for dinner.

So many missionaries made for a long table in the living room!

Gathered for instruction.  We think Sister Jensen blinked in 
this picture, but if she were asleep no one could blame her.  
Using California time, the sisters who arrived from the Mexico MTC 
had been up since 11:00 p.m. the night before!

After a night's sleep things look brighter at
 lunch on Wednesday.  Everyone was anxious to know
who their new companions would be.

Waiting for the last meeting where new missionaries will share
their first testimonies in the field and receive their companions.  

With the meeting over it was time to grab bags and bikes
and head out to begin the work.  Welcome to Riverside!