Sunday, November 20, 2016

Now Arriving in Riverside!

A tender mercy of mission life:  the same plane that takes missionaries
from the mission to their homes also drops off a new group of missionaries.  
The outgoing and the new missionaries literally cross paths in the airport.  
Here are the new elders and sisters!

After getting everything back to the mission office 
and a first meeting with President Mullen, 
it's time for lunch and getting acquainted.
Sisters first.  

Elders ready to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, it's time for orientation.  With only a very few
hours of sleep the night before, it's hard to stay awake!

Sister Pendleton and Sister Crippen, mission nurses,
help missionaries learn about how health care will be handled.

After another three and a half hours of orientation and 
interviews, guess what?  It's time to eat again.  

Elders huddle up while they're waiting for their turn.

Following dinner, the trainers and new missionaries gather
for a final meeting.  New companionships are announced at this
time, and new missionaries share their first testimonies in
the mission field.  It is a privilege to hear these 
testimonies.  This is indeed a remarkable generation, prepared 
to service at this time in the world's history.  

Sister Jensen plays the prelude.  We're always grateful for
the willingness of the gifted musicians in the mission.  

Here are the new companionships.  

Elder Shurtleff (L) from Washington
with his companion, Elder Zeng. 

Sister Brererton (R) from
and her companion, Sister Willis. 

Elder Briggs (L) from Idaho
with his companion, Elder Jewkes.

Elder Call (L) from Utah
with his companion, Elder Medearis.
Elder Call is waiting for his visa to India.  

Sister Coffeen (L) from California
with her companion, Sister Burris. 

Sister Garcia (R) from Texas
with her companion, Sister Madrid.  

Elder Guymon (R) from Utah
with his companion, Elder Porter.

Sister Harris from Idaho
with her companion, Sister Keith. 

Sister Mackley (R) from Utah
with her companion, Sister Rodriguez.

Sister Reagan (R) from Colorado
with her companion, Sister Lineback.

Elder Gregory (R) from Utah
with his companion, Elder Carrillo. 

Elder Frazier (L) from Utah
with his companion, Elder Mercado.

Elder Rivas (R) from Mexico
with his companion, Elder Sy.

Sister Shreeve (L) from Arizona
with her companion, Sister Ford. 
Sister Shreeve is waiting for her visa to Mongolia.

Sister Schooff (R) from Nebraska
with her companion, Sister Jensen.