Thursday, November 19, 2009
November Cambios . . .
We had a wonderful group of 10 new missionaries arrive this week. The picture above was taken after their arrival at the Osorno Airport. Fortunately, it was a sunny day. The rain waited until it was time for them to leave to work the next day.
These are our new missionaries. Seated from l-r are: Elder Guillén from Peru, Elder Amaya from Mexico, Elder Andía from Argentina and Elder Muñoz from Chile. Standing l-r are: Elder Matorell one of our AP´s, Elder Quispe from Peru, Elder Navarro from Chile, Elder Cornejo from Chile, Elder McGowan from Mississippi, Elder Cooper from Utah, Elder Meza from Peru, Elder Miner one of our AP´s and Elder Bigelow from Arizona who will replace Elder Matorell as our second Assistant.
Unfortunately, as always we had to say good-bye to those missionaries finishing their mission. They were only 5, but they were 5 of the best missionaries anywhere. Included in this group are zone leaders, district leaders, a branch president and a true Angel. It just breaks my heart having to say good-bye to these exeptional missionaries. On the other hand, I am so proud of their faithful service and know that they will be a great blessing when they return home. We hope so much to see them again. Seated with us is that wonderful angel, Hna Alvarez from Argentina. Standing l-r are: Elder Bigelow, one of our AP´s, Elder Ribera from Bolivia, Elder Rodriguez from Panama, Elder Gobetti from Argentina, Elder Messer from Centerville, Utah and Elder Miner, our other AP.
As mentioned above, after serving for 7.5 months, Elder Matorell has been released as one of our Assistants. He has been assigned as one of the Zone Leaders in the Puerto Montt Zone. He has been so helpful. We will miss him very much. Our new Assistant will be Elder Bigelow from Gilbert, Arizona. He will serve with Elder Miner from Bountiful, Utah.