Thursday, July 16, 2009

July Cambios . . .

This was an interesting month for cambios. During the month of July, including this weeks cambios, we lost 15 missionaries. Only two missionaries took their place, so we had to close 7 sectors: Niebla, Futrono, one in Panguipulli, one in Rio Bueno, one in Alerce, Puerto Cisnes and Porvenir. Fortunately, the two missionaries that arrived this week are great young men. We are excited to get to know them better and witness their progress and service.
Pictured above are our two new missionaries. Pictured l-r Elders Shallenberger and Matorell, our two assistants, Elder Gonzalez from Uruguay and Elder Aros from Santiago, Chile.
As I´ve said many times, watching these missionaries leave is very painful. In this group we lose one assistant, 5 zone leaders, two district leaders and a great sister missionary. Seated l-r are: Elder CarreƱo-Chile and Hna Butler-Utah. Standing: Elder Matorell-one of our AP´s, Elder Hernandez-Chile, Elder Martinez-Bolivia, Elder Lucas-Paraguay, Elder Alvarado-Columbia, Elder Morales-Chile, Elder Cubillos-Columbia, Elder Didier-Chile, Elder Diaz-Chile, Elder Shallenberger-Utah, Elder Benitez-Paraguay, Elder Miner-our new AP and Elder Perez-Argentina.
Seeing their faces and knowing their names does nothing to convey the wonderful service and great influence of these exceptional missionaries. They have forever marked our lives and forever blessed this mission. We will miss them very, very much.

1 comment:

Todd and Kathy Nielsen said...

I know my son Elder Shumway loved these missionaries. I too love and appreciate them for the great examples they were to him and for all the many things they taught him.
Thank you President and Siter Lovell for all you do, to serve as our sons and daughters mission president, to leave your family, the comforts of your home, and to help our missionaries serve and do all they can to preach the gospel so others can have the JOY we share.
I love having a missionary serving in the Chile Osorno Mission.

Thank you,
Kathy Nielsen