The Six Week Pattern

22 July 2015

Elder Fischer served in our Cantonese Branch.

Elder Fischer served in our Cantonese Branch.

I admire fun Elder Carver because he was a great companion to Elder Laugaia, who has some learning disabilities.

Elder Carver is being silly here but I admire him because he was a great companion to Elder Laugaia, who has some learning disabilities.

Elder Coats was really excited to see his family.

Elder Coats was really excited to see his family.

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We already miss Elders Malkovich and Olsen. They were our handymen and movers.

Elder Kinghorn and I can judge our progress learning to be office missionaries by how well each transfer week goes. It starts with a delicious dinner for the leaving missionaries at the Mission Home on Monday night. Sister Tolman and I have decided to simplify by preparing the same menu each time. There was plenty of roast beef even for Elder Olsen. He did not take a baked potato, any green salad, fruit salad or roll. He just piled his plate full of meat! (Do all men love meat?) These pictures are all of leaving missionaries.

Tuesday night is “Training the Trainers”. Sister Back prepares a dinner for all the Elders and Sisters that will train the new missionaries arriving the next day. She invited us and the Tolmans this time, so we were able to help serving and cleaning up. Then Elder Kinghorn and I and the Tolmans teach the trainers almost everything they need to know about their phones, cars, debit cards, transit cards and flats. We ask them to teach it all to the new missionary they will train. For example, if a missionary punches a hole in the wall, they are responsible for the cost of the repair. (Yes, a sister recently punched a BIG hole through the sheetrock wall in their flat.)

Wednesday evening when the 20 new missionaries had all left with their new companions, we were very pleased no one had left their bedding bag or orientation book. We also got them on their way earlier this time. So we are improving.

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