Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We survived another “Traslado” (Transfer Day) and now we only have two left before we go home in January but how’s counting!

As usual we were at the transfer chapel well before 7:00am to set up and get everything ready. But… like usual vehicles were late so we couldn’t start our orientation meeting until almost 7:30. We must be learning our duties finally because everything went very smoothly except for the late start.

After our part of the orientation meeting Pres. & Hna. Almonte take another hour and a half teaching their part. This morning Pres. Almonte had to delay the start of his part. It seems that one of the arriving Dominican Elders arrived without having been set apart as a full time missionary. Somehow the Elder was never set apart by his Stake Pres. or District Pres. before he left for the MTC. The young Elder has spent the past 3 weeks in the MTC without being set apart. Pres. Almonte took the Elder aside to a private room and set him apart.

The rest of our day in the mission office was a typical Traslado day. We were very busy with a lot of work to get done but the phone calls and interruptions are relentless and we never get as much done as we think we are going to.

Four times I had to make special trips over to the Mission Home to deliver something or someone or solve a problem, etc. All of the departing Elders were there waiting their turn for their final interview with Pres. Almonte and each time I would see them I’d say goodbye again thinking it would be the last time I would ever see some of these Elders that have become my good friends. Then I’d be back in a half hour and say goodbye all over again.

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