Orientation with the President and Revealing Companions!

2016-2-24 Transfers (28)This morning was really fun.  After breakfast, we all gathered downstairs for more orientation from President Lewis and me.  We talked about our purpose, our mission culture, and went over some more policies and procedures.  2016-2-24 Transfers (29)2016-2-24 Transfers (30)2016-2-24 Transfers (31)Here’s where half of the Elders slept last night.  6 others went next door to our good neighbors, Pres. and Sister Smart.  They have some extra beds and love helping us at transfer time (and any other time we need it!).2016-2-24 Transfers (32)Then it was time for the revealing!  This is really fun.  We bring everyone into the office where the Transfer Board is, and then we open it.  They each excitedly scan the board to find their picture and they learn who their companion will be and where they’ll be sent to begin their mission.

Last night as we met, I told them about my first trip to the temple in 1981 as I prepared to leave on my mission.  The gentle kind temple worker there in the L. A. Temple said to me, “The blessings of the temple have always been here.  Today is the day you have come to claim them.”   Then I reminded them of these verses in D&C 31:

Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.

 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.

 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden withsheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.

 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.

 Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand;

 And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.

This is it!  They are prepared and ready to go forth to teach and bless the lives of everyone around them, starting with their companions.  Miracles are going to happen with this group of missionaries.  They are wonderful, prepared, and full of love and excitement to share that love and the joy they feel.2016-2-24 Transfers (34)2016-2-24 Transfers (35)2016-2-24 Transfers (37)2016-2-24 Transfers (39)2016-2-24 Transfers (41)2016-2-24 Transfers (42)2016-2-24 Transfers (44)Each missionary got to take the photo of their companion down to keep with them until they meet later today.  What an exciting time for each of these wonderful young men and young women.  They’ve put everything in their lives aside to be here and to do this.  We know that for many there have been miracles that have brought them to us here in the Yakima Mission.  We will do all we can to help them learn and grow and be happy  here.  We hope all of you at home will join us in this experience.  It’s going to be amazing!2016-2-24 Transfers (46)2016-2-24 Transfers (47)

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