Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Excitement in the Mission Home






We met up with our 10 Elders and 2 Hermanas at the Bus Central at Noon. Hermana Garza was as excited to see us as we were to see them. She and Hermana Vela have beautiful smiles that will win their way into many homes to teach the restored gospel. Before we met them..........we had changes in the Central and I was able to get three to poise before catching the bus to San Luis Potosi. Elders Gladwill, Fife and Herrera(ZL) will be traveling together, about a 3 hour bus trip. Elders Schow and Elder Hatton were able to train all the Mexican missionaries while Bob and I drove back to the airport to meet our one and only American...Elder Hollingsworth. We feel so connected to him. He is the grandson of Elder and Sister Hollingsworth, our first Area Medical Doctor. As we arrived back to the Mission Home we found the group together singing Christmas Hymns........They had been up since 3 am and were bouncing off the walls at this point. We enjoyed our normal lasagna dinner....assignments were made.....pictures taken and off they went back to the Central to travel to their areas. What a day. I captured a few extra pictures....one of Berta. She stopped by and was good enough to help with the brownies and icecream....and Elder Sherman is always THE MAN to serve ice cream. This weekend of changes requires everyone to pitch in and help ....... we all have our assignments but Hermana Cox really appreciates the extra little kindnesses shown.
I have to add one more thought. I wish I had taken a picture of our dinner tables. I had gone the extra mile with flowers, netting, beads...etc and the tables looked so festive. None of the Elders commented. So......I had a little teaching moment with my office Elders and I explained to them the importance of noticing and expressing appreciation for niceties...(for the benefit of their mothers, sweethearts and future wives) Elder Hatton was so cute. The next day he was quick to comment on the beautiful (fake) roses on the table. I love this opportunity to help our missionaries open their eyes to the needs of another. They are all such wonderful young men who want to learn.

5 comments:

brenna said...

Love the teaching moment! What a good thing for them to know...

gma & gpa asplund said...

Wow--I would say "excitement" at the Leon Mission Home. I don't know how you both do it >>>>> seriously meeting everyone at the right time, all the details to take care of, all the love and support to IMMEDIATELY offer, meals to prepare and YES , present so beautifully. I am sure you both gave a HUGE sigh of relief at the end of that day. You are amazing!!

Katie said...

I don't know if your missionaries appreciate you enough. I know Ryan's brothers don't get any of the attention you guys put forth. You are simply amazing.

Jeff Jardine said...

Hermana - you are a wonderful and inspired teacher. Your missionaries are so lucky to have you. We admire you greatly and miss you even more!

Grammy said...

I must say, what a great thing to teach the elders: appreciate the extra touches the women in their lives provide. It is stated in the family proclamation that men and women have different innate characteristices. We must appreciate these differences to have harmony in our lives. You are so amazing! I have sat at your tables, and they are always beautiful! I learned much of this from your sweet mom, too!