Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today was a rough day in the mission. One of our good friends, an Elder that worked with us in Duvergé is being released early for medical reasons. Elder Arreola is a very good Elder, hard working and dedicated but he’s been sick for over 9 months now. We’re sorry to see him leave and wish him the best of luck.

Three weeks ago Elder De la Cruz was given a leave of absence from the mission to go home for brain surgery. It was determined that no surgery was necessary so he returned to the mission to see if he could handle the rigors of mission life. He hasn’t been able to adjust successfully so today Elder De la Cruz was given an honorable release from his mission because of medical reasons. He pointed to his missionary name tag on his shirt pocket and with tears in his eyes said, “I want to be a missionary”.

Today we also found out that there are a lot of “Emergency Transfers” coming. We will find out in the next few days how many missionaries will be affected. It is really a shame that some Elders don’t obey the mission rules, thus disrupting the routine of the whole mission. I feel sorry for the good missionaries that obey the rules but are still transferred because of someone else’s sins.

At noon Former Elder Conner Ruggio came to the mission office to say hello and pick up a map to Pres. Almonte’s cabin near Jarabacoa. They will be spending the night there as they tour the country. Traveling with Elder Ruggio are three others, Haley Donavan (Elder Ruggio’s girlfriend), Josh Goodrich, who served in this mission from 2006 to 2008 and Chason Archuleta who served his mission in Argentina from 2006 to 2008. They sure look like a bunch of tourist!

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