Sunday, September 19, 2010


Transfer Meeting was really fun this time. We get up early, feed our newly arrived missionaries breakfast and head to the Ox road chapel for transfer meeting. Anyone being transferred, getting a new companion attends this meeting. There are usually about 3/4s of the missionaries in attendance. The greenies receive a couple of hours of training. Then we go into the chapel where all the other missionaries have arrived and are singing hymns which sets a wonderful spirit for the meeting. They usually have been singing for half an hour. (which is because they are excited to get to the meeting and it keeps things reverent waiting to start.
The exchange takes place. It is quite fun to watch as missionaries fill the parking lot and move around luggage and bikes and find new companions. Looks like an airport luggage lot.
The meeting begins around 10:00 a.m. We introduce each of the new missionaries-have them stand and give their name, where they are from, and something about themselves.
The departing missionaries come to the stand and each share their testimony and give some advice to the others. This is a very moving part of the meeting as these missionaries bid farewell to their friends. Very touching. They have wonderful advice for the others that they have gained from 2 years of experience.
Then we had a presentation from the Assistants. It was wonderful and fun. They announced that an EPIDEMIC had hit the mission and was spreading. They had Elder Schaelling and Buie and others planted to do surprise parts. Elder Schaelling kept popping up behind the table up front with signs about the 500. Elder Sackett ran up to the piano and did a wake you up piano song about the 500, Elder Buie ran up and Salsa'd at the front. These are all symptoms of catching the 500 Fever. They ran around handing out 500 $ bills and flyers. They ran up to Elder Lee and wrote on his Tie, "500 fever" and put stick-ums on Elder Williams forehead.

The 500 FEVER is contagious and we want everyone to catch it. Our goal for baptisms this year has been 500 and we are trying to get everyone fired up working hard to reach it.
The Assistants are great. They really are creative. Thanks guys.

President Albright then spoke about NEVER GIVING UP. He showed a moving video about an olympic runner named Derek Redmond. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics he was favored to win the 400 meter. 250 meters from the finish line he tore his hamstring and fell. As he started to cry and limp, his father came from the stands and helped him toward the finish line. A moving story with a great lesson. To see the video, go to this link:

The transfer Meeting
What a great site--a room filled with Priesthood and dark suits.
Sister Ferry and Elder Sackett performed an original number that was gorgeous.
THE 500 FEVER BEGINS TO SPREAD-Elder Schaelling popping up with signs while the assistants are talking.
Another sign

Surprizing Elder Lee and Writing on his tie. He is a good sport. Hope it wasn't a favorite tie
Signs on Elder Williams head.
Elder Buie getting so excited with the fever, he starts dancing

Running through the room with a flag of 500

The assistants doing their presentation
All eyes are on the flag.

The overhead is hard to see on the blog, but the pictures were great

Elders Liew and Chueng
Elder Rusk between our two departing Elders. Clinger and Larsen

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