Thursday, July 27, 2017

Our New Missionaries Are Off

Many woke at 4:00 AM to go to their new areas! The Durban Express (aka the
mission van driven by Elder and Sister Wood) left at 5:15 AM

 Those going early and ready!

 Helpers in the kitchen!

 These new Elders volunteered to get up extra early 
to help make breakfast for those leaving at 5:15 AM

 Elder Whiting made the bacon (literally!!!)!

 Elder Bodnar, Elder Marshall, Elder Hinnen

Elder Ruben is Elder Christensen's new companion and trainer!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Missionary Dinner & Testimony Meeting

After dinner at the mission home, we prepare for a few words from
President Thompson, and testimonies!

Elder Hansen (AP), Elder Diehl (AP), Elder Youngman, Elder Huff

 Elder Bodnar

 Elder Warner

 Elder Lopez-Palaez

 Elder Abel

 Elder Whiting

 Elder Youngman

 Elder Huff

 Elder Hinnen

 Elder Christensen

 Elder Allen

 Elder Pentz

 Elder Olsen

 Elder Guymon

 Elder Cox

 Anticipating their new assigned areas and learning who their
trainers will be!


 The Assistants announce the assignments and try to make it
suspenseful!









 Map of the mission and possible areas to serve!






President Thompson and I commented after our day was over about
how blessed we are to have this group! It was a very spiritual testimony 
meeting where we heard from every person! We were so impressed with
every one of these new missionaries! Love their missionary zeal!

Office Orientation

The view, not too far from the temple site!

 Umhlanga is an upscale community along the Indian Ocean.

Each new missionary got to interview with President Thompson, take
a test drive with Elder Petersen, received instructions on health insurance,
and boardings (apartments). The office provided large Subway sandwiches
for lunch! They also got to go downtown with the Assistants to
proselyte for an hour before heading over to the mission home for dinner!

From Airport to Temple Site

The Durban Temple is looking good!

 Walls are up!

 We stop and get to take a closer look at the temple.

 The Woods work in the office and so much more! 

 This little neighborhood hill overlooks the temple site.

We are so blessed to have these young men join our mission family!

Our New Missionaries Are Here!!!

So excited to meet these new Elders! We have 15 this time which
breaks our record for the year we've been here!

 Just arriving!

 We got a phone call from the MTC President - he informed us
that this group is exceptional!

 Elder Youngman

 Elder Abel

 Elder Bodnar

 Elder Whiting

 Elder Warner

 Elder Cox

 Elder Allen

 Elder Guymon

 Elder Huff

 Elder Lopez-Palaez

 Elder Hinnen

 Elder Christensen

 Elder Pentz

 Elder Olsen

 Traditional song around the piano at the airport!

Some of the people sitting around the airport were taking videos!