Sometimes visas don't arrive on time. When that
happens, elders and sisters who are supposed to be
heading to foreign countries are sent to stateside missions
to await the arrival of their documents. The same
morning the most recently homeward bound missionaries
left, another group of missionaries bound for India also left.
Because Pres. Mullen wanted to talk with each of
them before they left, the group arrived at 6:15 a.m. so they
could finish in time for breakfast at 7:00 a.m.
Here they are with the members who were willing to
bring them at that very early hour!
The weighing "ritual". Because there are weight limits on
on all luggage, every bag is "hung in the balance" to see if
it passes. It takes strong arms to heft these bags up
by the scales to see how much they weigh!
The elders had done careful packing. Every bag passed!
Ready for an amazing adventure serving in India!
As these elders readied to depart that morning they showed no
sign of trepidation though the changes ahead for them were huge.
They showed great joy at the prospect of heading toward the
people they had been called to serve in a country they were
already thinking of as home.