It’s like Christmas. Every six weeks, we get to welcome a new group of friends for life. Truly one of our most treasured experiences. We often feel, as soon as we meet, that we have been friends forever.
These new missionaries were welcomed by a hot, humid day. This type of weather makes your hair frizz and your clothes go limp. It makes your glasses fog up. Stream rises from the ground like a perpetual sauna. The August transfer will be even worse. But spirits were high.
We feel love for them already and see strengths and talents in each of them. As we send them off we are reminded of how their parents must have felt just a few weeks ago when they sent them off to the MTC. We know what that feels like. We have sent three sons on missions–one to Portugal, one to Korea, and one to speak Spanish in Birmingham Alabama (a mission that borders the FTM).
We feel so blessed to be here. We are so lucky that we get to serve here with these awesome disciples of Christ.