Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mission life is so busy and so much fun.  Last night (early), five senior couples went to dinner at the Keg to celebrate a birthday of one of the Elders.  Then for some of us, it was off to Stake Conference, evening session.  The talks were amazing.  "The main thing is to make sure that we keep the main thing, the main thing." was the message from the Temple matron.  We are living in a very culturally diversified ward and stake.  There were translators for Spanish speaking members.  Headsets were passed out to those who needed them.  A couple of announcements were made in Spanish.  One prayer today was given in Spanish.  We do have a large Spanish population - 2 1/2 wards in our stake.  I don't know where the 1/2 ward goes.  We also have many orientals, south seas (Polynesian), middle eastern and Africans.  The gospel is for everyone and it is amazing to see the love in this stake.  As the names of stake leaders were read for our sustaining vote, very few were Caucasian names.  We have missionaries in our mission who are assigned to speak:  Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Farsi.  We have 21 missionaries serving from this stake and 17 service missionaries in this stake.
Yesterday was the mission's monthly proxy baptisms at the temple.  The missionaries encourage their new converts and recently reactivated members to find a family name and take it to the temple and to do the baptism.  They like to have them go within a month or so after their baptism.  They had seventeen people there.  The work is moving forward as our missionaries keep the faith and obey mission rules.
Tomorrow is the start of our first experience with transfers.  New missionaries arrive tomorrow from the MTC in Provo.  Transfers happen on Tuesday and then on Wednesday, some missionaries will be going home after serving a valiant mission.  It is going to be an exciting and super busy three days.

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