Monday, March 31, 2014

March 2014

The old saying goes, "When March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.", unless you live in New York this winter. March came in like a lion and out like a lion. Snow, rain, cold winds are still the story; but the promise of spring is coming! The last little bit of snow finally melted in our front yard just today! It's been a good month besides the cold weather. Our lives are full of warm blessings! Sister Burton said at the recent Woman's Conference, "Hands to help and hearts to hope. Offer your willing heart and your helpful hand." This is what we try to do every day in the NYNYN mission!
The transfer this month brought us 14 new missionaries and the return of Sister Oluwalana back from home after her leg healed. We are thrilled to have her back!
It's always such a blessing to see these new faces arrive, tired, excited and ready to go.

Elder Beardall, Elder Thatcher, Elder Smith, Elder Murphy, Elder Bellon, Elder Ross, Elder Gore, Elder Barberan, Sister Brown, Sister Bush, Sister Burley, Sister Grigg, Sister Oluwalana, Sister Larson, Sister Fansler.
We had a new assistant called this month. Elder Taylor will be joining Elder Kerr as an assistant. He will be great!
Elder Passmore will finish his mission speaking Spanish in Harlem.

 Transfer meetings are always such a wonderful time for the Elders and Sisters to see each other, sustain new leaders in their specific callings, and say good-bye to those who are leaving. We all sing the hymn, "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good" to the departing missionaries.
Eight terrific young men returned home this transfer and Sister Khong. Each Elder and Sister Khong have been fantastic, hard working missionaries! We love them and will miss them.
Sister Khong, Elder Kiyama, Elder Hall, Elder Aguilar, Elder Hurtado, Elder Fragiacomo, Elder Plouzek, Elder Davenport, Elder Rutland
9 headed home on a cold and dark March morning.
Sister Khong was able to have her parents from Singapore come and get her. She has a brother in DC and a sister in California that they will all visit. What a joyful reunion for their family after 18 months!
Saying good-bye to Sister Khong
We were able to take two of our wonderful sister missionaries to dinner before Woman's Conference
Sister Dunn and Sister Skinner at Sylvia's Soul Food in Harlem
We were also thrilled when Sister Palmer got her cast off after she broke her wrist 6 weeks ago!
We are always so grateful for our assistants. They are terrific young men and great leaders in the mission.
Elder Kerr, Elder Taylor, President Morgan and pavlova!!
We said good-bye to 2 of our amazing couples. The Browns have been serving in Olmstead and the Blairs have been serving in China Town. We love our couples. They are dedicated, loving people, who serve faithfully.
Elder and Sister Brown will be moving back home to Idaho
Elder and Sister Blair are headed home to Sandy, Utah
The Browns, The Finlaysons, and the Blairs

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