Sunday, May 24, 2015

Specialized Training for April 2015 Arrivals

About one month after they arrive, new missionaries are brought together for specialized training.  We discuss how they are adjusting to missionary life and what we can do to support each other.

Elder Andrade, Sister Ellsworth, President, Sister Hansen, Elder Harsten, Sister Veenker
Elder Coombs, Sisters Cain and Turley, Elder Springer

Elder Pesantes, Elders Von Trapp and Haggard, Sister Plaizier (back to us)
Sister Ete in burgundy and Sister Edmonds in white

Elders Tutu'u, Wilcox and Cowen

We play stress-reducing games to test each other's mastery of the First Vision, the White Handbook, and key missionary scriptures.

 In this challenge, two companionships are pitted against each other back-to-back, each trying to recite the First Vision more quickly and accurately than their competing team by identifying each phrase of the recitation scrambled on the board in front of them and shooting a dart at it before finding the next phrase in correct order and having the other companion shoot a dart at that one.


Until a winner is announced!

 Next, the run-off teams are pitted against each other in a form of scripture-chase but with the White Handbook.  The Assistants act out a scenario that creates an obedience dilemma and each team tries to be the first to find exact page and paragraph that answers that particular situation.

In this scenario, Elder Wilcox pretends to be cradling a baby….
but not just any baby.  A baby duck!
Do you know which missionary rules he's breaking?

In this scene, Elder Von Trapp is writing a personal letter in the middle of the week.  
Not only is it not on P-Day, but it's a letter directly to the Prophet of the Church.

The final victors win a prize, in this case, 
complimentary ties for the winning companionship of Elders Harsten and Haggard.

Lunch !
L-R:  Sisters Turley, Minguito, Ete, Veenker, Hansen and Plaizier

President, Sisters Edmonds and Ellsworth, Elder Von Trapp, Sisters Cain and Parabirsing and Elder Wilcox

L-R:  Elders Pesantes, Coombs, Cowen, Harsten, Haggard, Tutu'u, Springer and Andrade

And off they go…                               again…
                                                                                                    … into the wide blue yonder !

Elder Harsten and Elder Haggard
with J.S. Armstrong (the mission mascot!)

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