Upon arrival at Reagan National Airport,
we gather up our newest missionaries and take them on the Washington D.C. Metro to go see the Temple
|Back row L-R: President, Elders Summit, De la Cruz, Herring and Harrison|
Middle row L-R: Sister Steenhoek, Elders Hamblin and Billiter with Sister Cooke
Front: Elders Sorensen and Crandall
Each one of us was equipped with a Book of Mormon and pass-along cards along with the challenge to go meet people.
Sister Owens, one of our Sister Training Leaders, blazed the way by demonstrating how to give out a Book of Mormon before even getting on the train.
And with that, we were off… boarding our first D.C. Metro!
At first, we pretty much just talked to each other.
But within a few stops, look at how Elders Herring, Summit and Hamblin all struck up conversations with other passengers.
An half an hour later - and a whole lot wiser - we emerged victorious at the Metro stop closest to the Washington Temple
|Sister Steenhoek, Elders Billiter, Summit, De la Cruz, President, Elder Herring and Harrison|
Elders Sorensen, Crandall and Hamblin
We shuttled over to the tallest, most beautiful temple on earth!
After dinner, interviews and testimonies at the Mission Home,
everyone gets their first night of sleep in Maryland, and we start the next morning bright and early with breakfast.
|Elder Billiter took charge of bacon|
|Elder De la Cruz handled the waffles|
|Elder Summit sliced strawberries|
|Someone's gotta start eating: Elders Sorensen (L), Harrison and Crandall oblige, with Elder Hamblin peeking out from behind.|
|Elders De la Cruz and Jackman|
|Elders Rummler and Sorensen|
|Sisters Steenhoek and Taggart|
|Elders Thornton and Herring|
|Elders Brimhall and Crandall|
|Elders Rushforth and Harrison|
|Elders Billiter and Porter|
|Elder Manning and Summit|
|Elders Elliott and Hamblin|
Finally, we introduced the new teams to the rest of the mission:
|Elder Billiter will be trained by Elder Porter|
|Elder Manning will train Elder Summit|
|Elder Hamblin will be trained by Elder Elliott|
|Elder Thorton will train Elder Herring|
|Elder Rummler will train Elder Sorensen|
|Elder Wood will train Elder Gaudette|
|Elder Brimhall will train Elder Crandall|
|Elder Harrison will be trained by Elder Rushforth|
|Sister Steenhoek will be trained by Sister Taggart|
|Elder De la Cruz will be trained by Elder Jackman|
And they're off and running!