Before our departing Elders were even through security, our new missionaries arrived! The Changing of the Guard happened and our sadness was swallowed up in excitement as we met the next batch coming from the Provo MTC! These are the first 4 of 12 to arrive today!Meet Sister Lowham, and Elders DeBry, Olivas and Wright:Back at the Mission Home, filling out some forms and writing a first letter home:Then it was time to feed these hungry missionaries, who had been up since 3:00 a.m.We had pulled pork sandwiches and introduced everyone to their first fresh-picked Honey Crisp apples!After lunch, some of our local missionaries came to take these 4 out to work this afternoon. They had about 2 hours to step into our missionary world while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive from the Mexico MTC at 4:17 p.m.After they were off to have some adventures, we regrouped at the Mission Home, preparing for the next wave. Beds needed to be changed and sheets washed. Dinner for about 20 this evening was in the fixing. And, as you know, there are always photos to be posted. We keep busy here.
And then it was time to run to the airport to receive the next batch! While we were gone, the first 4 returned to the Mission Home and met with the APs and the local missionaries to talk about their fun experiences. We returned in time to hear part of their report.
The flight from Mexico to Dallas to Yakima was a bit early–these 8 met us in the baggage claim area. All are accounted for and all the bags arrived safely! Welcome to Yakima!What a handsome bunch! We are so excited. Just knowing that in a matter of weeks we will all be great friends makes me very excited!Alaskan Air brought them here:Arriving at the Mission Home:Here are the missionaries who were meeting downstairs when we arrived:Everyone meets!After some introductions, we got to hear more about the experiences the rest had this afternoon. Wow, what a great group this is!
Their dinner appointment fell through, so we fed these hungry locals some lunch leftovers before sending them on their way.Then it was time for the next round!