Thursday, August 27, 2009

August Cambios . . .

Sorry that the airport picture didn`t turn out very good. It was a typical rainy day. We were hurrying so they wouldn`t get too wet and it looks like the lens was steamed a bit.

Here is our wonderful new group of missionaries. Seated with us is Hermana Aponte from Argentina. Standing l-r are: Elder Matorell one of our assistants, Elder Hunsaker from Wyoming, Elder Nikolaus from Arizona, Elder Jensen from Alaska, Elder Evans from Idaho, Elder Valentine from Utah, Elder Cook from Utah, Elder Urias from Honduras, Elder Sanford from Idaho, Elder Gonzalez from Chile, Elder Ciquero from Peru, Elder Carrizo from Chile and Elder Miner our other AP.

This was an incredible group of missionaries to lose from the mission. Every one of the Elders is either a district leader or zone leader and the sister is simply one of the most humble and dedicated sister missionaries anywhere. Seated with us is Hermana Rojas from Bolivia. Standing l-r are: Elder Matorell our assistant, Elder Ortiz from Chile, Elder Millan from Argentina, Elder Lopez from Peru, Elder Smith from Arizona, Elder Viti from Argentina, Elder Aravena from Chile, Elder Galindo from Bolivia, Elder Saade from Argentina, Elder Palmer from Washington, Elder Chavez from Peru and Elder Miner our other Assistant.

I cannot on this blog go into the details of the faithful service of each one of these missionaries. They`ve been so faithful and helpful in the work. They will be missed, but are now more prepared to continue to serve in their homes and move on with their education and families. We love them very much and pray for their continued success. I know the Lord will bless them.

We will make some changes in the office this cambio. Elder Campozano from Ecuador (left) will become the new Financero of the mission and Elder Adlard from Missouri (right) will begin training with Elder Dudley to become the new Mission Secretary.

While we were in Utah, Elder and Sister Hamilton began their service in our mission. They are from Colorado and will be here for two years. They both speak Spanish and are very familiar with the country. They have owned a summer home in Llanquihue for some time and have a great love for the Chilean people. Their son is married to the daughter of Elder and Sister Allen who finished their mission service here in June. They will be a great addition to our mission and we are so grateful for their help.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Recuperating with Family and Friends . . .

Most of you know that our recovery is well on track and Susie and I are back in Chile, anxious to serve and excited to be back home with our missionaries. We loved being with our family and friends and are so grateful for prayers and visits that helped us get better and feel of your love. Here are some pictures of some of those visits.
With Emmy at the airport for our return trip.
With Alison at the airport for our return trip.
Everyone loves ice cream. Here are Alison, Katie and Emmy enjoying a summer treat in aprons that their Aunt Karen brought back from Hawaii.

Karen, Cameron and Sara made the trip up from AZ. It was our first time to meet Sara. What an angel. She does have her Moma`s voice, though.

Joshua Poulter was one of our missionaries who is now attending BYU. Family forever.

Brother and Sister Burningham are the parents of Hermana Burningham, who is serving in our mission. What a great family.

Dennis and Dana Waggoner are dear friends from Oklahoma that now own the Escalante Outfitters in Escalante, UT. Be sure and stop by if you`re down that way. Here they are holding Darin`s youngest, Carly.

With some of our dear neighbors, Judy and Elizabeth.

Brother and Sister Moemai`s daughter is serving in our mission. She is the only Polynesian that we have and she is such a joy.

Here is Hna Butler who finished her mission in July. She and her family were nice enough to come by and visit.

Elder Zirkle served in our mission and has been home for some time. He is attending BYU and working at the MTC. Here is he with his mother.

Elder Shallenberger finished his mission in July and came by for a visit with a friend. Janessa is a very sweet girl and Elder Shallenberger will be missed in the mission. He served as mission secretary for 7.5 months and as an assistant for 6.

Hna Croook and Hna Wood also came by for a visit. Hna Crook lives in Centerville and Hna Wood lives in St. George.

Here we are with the Darrington family from Nevada. Their son is serving in our mission. Their daughter is getting ready to start at BYU.

This is the Simons family from Provo. Their son is also serving in our mission. Their other son pictured above recently returned from his mission.

Here are some of our former missionaries: Elder Shipley from Georgia, Elder Shallenberger from Orem, Hna McBride from Chicago, Hna Butler from Santaquin and Hna Crook from Centerville.

This is Brother and Sister Miner from Bountiful. Their son is serving in our mission and is currently one of our assistants.

This is the Cuadra family from Chile. Their brother is serving in our mission and is currently a zone leader. He spent 7.5 months as the mission secretary and is a great young man. His brother, sister in law, and daughter, along with his sister and her boyfriend were nice enough to come by.

What a blessing to have this time with our family. It was an unexpected surprise to be able to visit with some of our former missionaries and meet the families of some serving and others who have served. It is easy to see why our missionaries are so strong and faithful. Clearly, it all starts at home.