We are sending prayers for Henry and all of you. Sending you lots of love and hugs!
We have had a busy and fun week.
First of all we had a full day in the office Monday learning our duties.
So thankful the Stewart's are here helping us learn what to do.
We get notified when new missionaries are coming and so I get letters and information
papers all ready for each one and make a folder with their picture and check list on each folder. There are about 8 papers to make for each one. Then letters to the stake presidents. Then when they get here I take their pictures and then make a card with their picture on it for the transfer board. Then another folder for papers they need to sign and fill out the day they get here.
Then about 3 months before the missionaries get released I contact the parents to tell them
the release date and also ask what airport they want the missionary sent to as they fly home, and also the update bishop and stake presidents name and mailing address. So far all those I have contacted have at least a different bishop or stake president from when the missionary came out. Then every few months we have zone conferences and I call the building coordinator and also the stake relief society presidents to arrange a lunch for all at the zone conferences.
So this week we had 3 zones conferences at different churches. The first one was up at Santa
Maria and was about 2 hour drive from here. We get there about 9:30 and the missionaries all come about 9:30-9:45 in their cars. We have them park by districts and have hoods up and keys in cars. Then when they have all arrived they go in for their meetings with the mission president. Then dad and another guy and then us ladies inspect each car. We check lights, back up lights, signaling, oil, fluids, horn, tire pressure, tire tread, scratches,
new dents, and if the car is clean inside and washed. There are about 30 items on this sheet
that we check to see if it is in good order. Oh also mileage record, receipts and insurance cards and car owners manual. And we pass them off, but if there is anything that needs fixing I leave a sticky note telling them "call elder Iverson about replacing front tires". Or needs oil, or something needs replacement. So then as you may expect the day after that zone conference Elder Iverson gets a few phone calls. That way we have it documented on our sheet but also that they have reminder notes. So that takes us about 1-2 hours, Depending on how many cars. And the first day we did it was our first day and so had questions plus there
were about 30 cars. But the next two days we were faster.
Then we go in for lunch with the missionaries. And then at 1:00 they are back in meetings
and dad has a short part telling about safety or things they should do or even show a video.
Then we go back to the office.
Dad gets calls from the missionaries if something goes wrong with the cars or if they get one
of our notes and needs to know where to go to get tires or oil or something. Lots of paper work but also he needs to learn the areas the missionaries are in so he can send them to a store closest to them . Dad also has to balance all the missionary gas receipts with all the bank statements.
Saturday is our prep day so we went down to the Los Angeles temple. It is only about 1 hour
15 minutes from here but they said to always plan for traffic. And sure enough it took us about 2 hours. The temple is so huge and flowers growing all around... Roses, lilacs, geraniums, hibiscus, and lots lots more. They have a beautiful reflection pool out front also. Then inside the rooms are also very large. There are 300 seats. We only had about 200 people there but it was still very large. Such a special place and so beautiful. Not sure how many more times we will be able to go but I am sure we will go again.
We went to ward council today and left like a real missionary. Sat by investigators and less
actives in Sunday school class and I shared thoughts and scripture with them. Sat by a lady who was baptized last Thursday and so was fun telling her things and helping. What a great experience.
We are getting ready for new missionaries next week and transfers next week so a busy
week coming up, so making packets and such for all. Boy lots to change and up date when there are transfers. And have to be sure I put at least one driver in a companionship. Smile
Oh my you would not believe all the field and fields of strawberries! There are workers
out there every morning when we go to work and still out there when we go home about 5:30. And they have orchards of lemon trees. Not sure when they are harvested but they are nice pretty yellow on the trees. I have gotten strawberries and mangos at the fruit stands but will get more each week. Also lots of cabbage and lettuce plants and other plants I am not sure what they are yet but will find out more. Lots of new things to explore
and learn about.
Love you all and pray for you all!
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Have a great week!