Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Well Transfers Are Done!

Elder Greenwood, Elder Gammell, Elder Robison and Elder Ross
Sending off my old companions
August 16, 2016

Dear Family & Friends,

Well transfers are done. It was the most insane week of my entire life haha. We had so much to do and I am so glad it all came together. It's pretty crazy just how much actually has to go into getting missionaries transferred. We sent home all the departing missionaries on Saturday morning so that was pretty crazy. Elder Greenwood, Elder Robison, and Elder Ross were my companions so that was weird to see them leaving. The night before they left we had a testimony meeting at President Jardine's house and that was incredible. The spirit was so strong as each of the missionaries gave their last testimony as a full time missionary. It was awesome to be there to see it.

Monday morning we picked up 15 new missionaries at the airport. That's one of my favorite things to do. It's so cool seeing them coming down the escalator and talking with them on the ride over to the mission home. They usually have a lot of really good questions and want to know all about the mission. This time they were pretty tired so it was a little more quiet. Plus we had one of the Elders in my van throw up haha. We were driving down the road and all of a sudden I hear, "Is there a barf bag in here?" That's when I hurried and pulled over and he spent some good time outside throwing up. Felt bad for him but he was ok after that. We got back and president had an interview with each of them and then we were able to pair them up with their trainers.
Then we went up the the temple to take a picture and sent them off to their areas. And in the middle of all of that we did the actual transfer meeting. Every transfer we have all of the missionaries that are getting transferred drive up to the mission office and that it where they switch companions. That's one of the benefits of having a smaller mission.
We decided to change things up a little bit from the way we did it last transfer. We brought everyone in and they all had an assigned parking spot. We planned out beforehand that they would be parked right next to, or very close to their new companions. Then they just get out and switch their things and head back to their areas. We ended up getting them all off in just over an hour so that was good. I was so sweaty after. It was 100 degrees outside and Elder Schenk and I were running all over the place. I am just happy we don't have to do it again for another 6 weeks. :)

We have quite a few people we are working with that we have high hopes of them being baptized here pretty soon. I will have to give you all an update on them next week.

Love you all!

Elder Gammell
Elder Schenk, Elder Gammell and Elder Greenwood
Dinner at Scott's

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