Friday morning, August 17th, we had the missionaries come to our home for a Preparation Meeting and Farewell Breakfast for Sister Solorzano, who will be returning home in just two weeks. They look amazingly fresh and alert for 7:00 am, don't you think?
They always enjoy visiting and catching up with each other. Sister MacKenzie looks especially happy this morning - look at that smile!
Sisters Cottrell and Larson were companions in the MTC. They both have native speaking companions now, which helps them perfect their Spanish-speaking skills.
Breakfast is served! We enjoyed a hot casserole of eggs, sausage, and hash browns, served with cornbread, fruit, and juice.
The kitchen here is not large, but is adequate for our needs. We live in the home that is officially intended for the Temple President, but since he lives just a few minutes from the temple, he and his wife opted to remain in their own home. That was nice for us - it's so convenient to the Visitors' Center - just a 3 minute walk.
Once all of the sisters had been served, I got pictures of each table. It takes three of them to seat everyone since we have 29 here this morning.
Table number two...
And table number 3.... These young women are so fun!
She sat center stage as all the missionaries sang, "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."
We have some excellent singers in our group, but tears can cause their voices to tremble a little.
Following the song everyone converges for a group hug!
I wanted one, too. It's a long way to Nicaragua - we don't know if we'll ever see this young woman again.
To offset the goodbyes, we're always excited to say hello to new sisters. On August 21st Sister Miller came to our mission, specifically called to work in the Visitors' Center . Sister Miller comes from Oregon, so the oppressively hot weather here is a bit of a shock!
Her trainer and first companion in the Mesa, Arizona Mission is Sister Dashjav. They are destined to be a dynamic duo!
Our other new sister is Sister Mendoza from Eagle Mountain, Utah. She will be speaking Spanish here, which will be a snap for her since she has been bi-lingual almost since birth.
Sister Mendoza's trainer will be Sister Cottrell. They look great together, don't you think? (We asked Sister Cottrell how she felt about being a trainer and she replied, "I think I'm going to throw up." We got a chuckle from her reply, but we have no worries that she'll do a great job!)