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2nd Batch - it's a doozy!

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We had an amazing 16 missionaries arrive today.  I'm fairly sure it's the strangest sight the neighbors see every 6 weeks.  Americans, Filipinos, all with luggage trudging up the road to the mission home.  They were glad to be here.  Super glad to get some food and sleep.  And estatic to meet their new companions.  It ended up that 2 companionships were best friends from their home wards  and two sisters ended up together (one came in needing to see an endocronologist every month and the other I was working with to get her into see one because it looked like her thyroid was enlarged).  The Lord is in charge and President came out of his office with the matches already made, not knowing the connections.  The pictures tell it all.
















Paalam to next batch!

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Wow, this was a great group of missionaries.  It was inspiring to hear how they thought it was the hardest thing they had ever done....and that they would do it over and over again to learn the things they learned.  They have strong testimonies and the desire to go home and stay faithful.  We lost many of our Mission Leadership Council.











Zone Conferences

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We finished zone conferences two weeks ago.  We did each zone at its own conference, but quickly learned that that schedule was going to be too crazy.  We are switching to tri-zone conferences next time.  The missionaries really like seeing their "batch mates" and the other missionaries.  Zone Conferences were amazing.  The spirit was very active, because I (Barb) taught them about the "promptings", "suggestions", "ideas" that come to their mind to prompt them to do something good.  We talked about how Laman and Lemuel got "past feeling".  The Holy Ghost will stop prompting you about something if you don't listen to the promptings.  He will wait until you are ready to ask for help and act on the promptings.  President Davies talked about how crucial the Holy Ghost is in the conversion process and the need to live worthy of the Holy Ghosts help.  We have amazing missionaries and have heard miracle stories as we went forth to teach.












American Cemetery in Manila

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We had to go to Manila on Friday to get finger-printed for our visa and to pick up an Elder that had his appendix out last Friday (we took him to Manila, because the local doctor told him last Friday that he had acute appendicitis and that he would see him on Monday....wait, what?).  Anyway, we had a minute and our office couple and our new senior couple took a minute and went to the American Cemetery.  It was a humbling sight and I was in awe.  I lost some relatives here, my Dad served here and many, many died.  I was surprised at all the Filipino names among the missing and dead.  They served valiantly alongside the Americans.





1st Batch with the Davies!

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Our first "batch" came today.  5 Sisters (4 Filipino, 1 Tongan).  They are amazing and excited to be in the mission field.  They all came for different, yet the same reasons.  President Davies did his homework, yet the Lord had a final say to their new companions.  All a good match!  It will be fun to watch this group as our first!  Interesting that this particular group all came from active families (second generation for most).  Lots of support from home, a great blessing, not always the case.