We love receiving new missionaries!!! They are excited but nervous. Our assistants and secretaries do an amazing job of putting them at ease and helping them to feel more relaxed about their new adventure. The incoming missionaries have training at our closest Stake Center, eat lunch (usually something easy--like pizza), have an interview with President Dester and then are taken by bus to our apartment for a dinner. They are SOOO tired and I have finally learned that because of all the stress, excitement and changes, they usually don't feel like eating a lot.
The Elders stay that night in the house with our assistants and secretaries (we have a lot of bunk beds set up) and the few sisters who arrive, stay at our apartment or with the Sister Training Leaders. The next morning, they are all picked up by bus and taken to eat their first Honduran breakfast--baleadas. You will have to look that up or ask your missionary how they are made and if it becomes one of their favorite foods while here on the mission. I often see women making them to sell in the front of their homes. I always worry about where our missionaries get their food. I know they often eat off the street--even though I tell them NOT to.
After breakfast, all the new missionaries, the trainers and any other missionaries who the President feels a need to change, meet at the Stake Center and we have a special transfer meeting. Every missionary I have ever talked to about their first experience in the mission, remembers the first two days as though it was just yesterday. It is as clear as a bell in their memories. Everyone is curious about who the new missionaries are. The new ones uncomfortably sit on the stand, waiting for the time when the President announces the changes. When their names are read along with their new trainer´s name, their first companion usually jumps out of their seat and comes up enthusiastically to greet the elder or sister who they have a responsibility to teach. It is SUCH an important job and the impression made that first 12 weeks will affect them for the rest of the mission.
New Missionaries from Guatemala
Three New Elders
From the Mexico MTC
Only Two New Sisters
We ALWAYS have a lot of luggage!!!