Monday, April 17, 2017

Mission Life

Hello Dear Family and Friends!

It's been another amazing few weeks.  It's always fun, uplifting and inspiring to spend time with the missionaries.  Add to that equation General Conference and the Mission President's Seminar and life couldn't get much better!

We loved gathering in the Stake Center with the members and local missionaries.  There's a room where the talks are transmitted in English.  I go there because i love to hear their voices.  After conference we gathered all of the local missionaries and had a little conference recap where we all shared some thoughts and insights from conference.  This is something we always do at home with our family so we've started this tradition with our mission family.  So great to hear their insights!

This last weekend all of the mission presidents serving in Brazil gathered for our semi-annual training.  I've come to look forward to this so much.  It's so much fun to be with Paulo and Jalayne.  We've also made a lot of other friends and it's so great to be able to pick their brains and share ideas.  The training is always inspiring and uplifting and I leave ready to tackle the world.

Yesterday was transfer day.  We received 12 new missionaries.  One is from the Philippines.  That's a new one for us.  I guess we were supposed to get two but one is waiting on a visa.  I guess it's not just the American missionaries that have trouble with that.

They arrived first thing in the morning, were "trained" here in the mission home.  After a morning of training they met their new companions and we had a barbecue together with the missionaries that were going home.   From there we went to the bus station, the hub of transfer day.  Seems like almost all of the missionaries pass through there on their way to new areas.  It's really fun to see them all together!  From there we went to the temple with those who left today.  It was a long, but a rewarding and happy day.

We love you all and are grateful for your love and support.  We definitely feel it!

 Departing sisters

 JaLayne and Paulo at the mission president's conference

 The Lisonbee's, JaLayne and Paulo at the mission president's conference

 Paulo and Dad (and then everyone) in front of where the "new" mission home was (Grandpa's time- 50's/60's)

The view from our bedroom window

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