The morning here started with a Cars Meeting. This meeting happens once a month. We have about 66 cars in our mission. Each one is assigned to a companionship or an area. The Missionary Department allocates a certain number of miles–1250 to be exact–to each car, but we can distribute the miles between cars as needed. Some areas are more spread out. It’s serious business keeping track of all of these cars. Elder Thompson is the Vehicle Coordinator. Elder Call helps. The Assistants help figure out where the miles are used.
Elder Thompson also keeps track of all the gas cards, all the servicing and oil checks, all the “incidents” which means what happens when someone hurts one of the cars in any way. We have tires to rotate, snow tires to put on soon, and car inspections regularly. The missionaries keep their cars clean and follow safe driving rules.
Some of you have teenagers driving in your families. We have about 160 teenagers who can drive in our mission. Prayers are welcome.
Here are a few who dropped by today:
Elder Bird showed me a cool family history chart a member helped him print out. It is from a website called Grandma’s Pie. It shows where your ancestors come from in a colorful way. You’ll probably want to send one to your missionary: Take a look on this link:
We all love mail. Christmas packages are starting to arrive. Christmas packages need to arrive at the office before December 1st to be here for the Christmas gatherings the first week in December. Put something on the package that tells us it’s for Christmas so we know to hold it back. These will be hand delivered that first week of December. Packages that arrive after that have no guarantees of delivery for Christmas. We’ll do our best.Elder Johnson received the BEST GIFT EVER today from his Mom–his My Family Booklet! OK Moms: You really want to do one of these for your missionary. They NEED them. Take a look at how amazing this is:
More happy emailing missionaries:Staff meeting after the car meeting:Mission Presidency meeting after the staff meeting. Notice the homemade pear pie. To die for. Thanks to Sis. Garner. Wow, DELICIOUS.Ran into these Elders on my Costco run this afternoon.It’s been a great day. I’ve got a pot of Sweet Chili on the stove tonight, getting ready for tomorrow’s feedings. The weather here is turning. Tonight it’s cold and rainy. Winter is coming. This week we’ve gone from brilliant fall foliage to bare trees and clouded skies. It’s already getting dark at 4:30 p.m. Time to bundle up and spread some cheer!