Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 2013

The fall is BEAUTIFUL in New York!! We have LOVED watching the leaves change!! Last year we had Hurricane Sandy and we were without power for 13 long days.  This year we have been able to go on walks and drive all over to see the beauty that this season brings!

Our month started with transfers. We had new missionaries coming in every Tuesday for 3 weeks.
October 1st Sister Randell, Sister Arquero, Sister Kim, Sister Livingston, Sister Dodson, Elder Paiz and Elder Schoenfeld came to our mission. Then on October 8th Sister Astle , Sister Palmer, Elder Atkinson, and Elder Aston, all arrived to serve in China Town and the ASL branch.

Sister Chen and Sister Chan were reunited with us from there mini mission at the Salt Lake Temple Square mission.
Elder Hincapie arrived on October 15th. We were excited that he arrived on his birthday!
Happy Birthday Elder Hincapie with his new companions, Elder  Diaz and Elder Conner.
Elder Wisher was released this transfer as an Assistant and Elder Passmore was called to take his place. We love Elder Wilsher, he has served faithfully and we welcome Elder Passmore to serve with Elder Foley.
These 4 sister missionaries have blessed our mission every day that they have been here! We will miss Sister Aguirre, Sister Richey, Sister Lavaki, and Sister Woo! You have changed many lives here!
Having a waffle party between General Conference sessions has become a favorite tradition for the Westchester Zone to come to the mission home.

This was such a busy month, but a happy one. We had zone conferences for 3 days at the end of the month. All the talks given were inspiring and the musical talent in our mission is just amazing. These are the fabulous missionaries who shared their talents this time.
Sister Astle
Sister Wankier
Elder Foley
Elder Diaz-Vita
Sister  Jensen
Sister McCurdy
Sister Livingston with Sister Matthews
Sister Cole with Sister Bolton
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. We have a tradition of making homemade donuts and were lucky that some missionaries came over to share them with us! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mission Presidents Conference in Philadelphia October 2013

We LOVE going to our Mission Presidents Conference every 6 months. Our lives are blessed and our cups are filled with instruction and love from our North America Northeast Area Authorities. We were so lucky to have Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles and his wife Wendy join us this year. Elder Hallstrom and his wife Diane, Elder Perkins and his wife Christine, and Elder Gifford Nielsen and his wife Wendy were also there. Every day was filled with giving us information to help make our missionaries more devoted to the work and stronger more faithful young men, young women and couples.  We love being with the other mission presidents and their wives. Our mission class of 2012 are very special people. We feel so blessed to be a part of this great group of missionary friends.
Our dear friends President Mark and Karlan Richards
Our mission class of 2012. The Calderwoods, The Morgans, The Leavitts , The Vellingas, The Richards, The Packards, The Riggs, and The Wirthlins.
Early morning meetings with my dear sweet friend Sister Karlan Richards
The polka-dot ladies today. Sister Richards, Sister Nielsen, Sister Perkins, Sister Morgan and Sister Riggs