Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We arrived in New York on Monday, January 19, 2014.  The roads were clear and dry all the way from Salt Lake.  We went directly to the Mission home and met with President Francis and his wife upon arriving.  We had a great interview with him and were sent to the Mission Office to greet the staff and gather materials.  We then drove 50 minutes to our apartment in Batavia, New York.  The apartment is on the 2nd floor and we both had our hands completely full while try to navigate the stairs to the apartment.  It seemed that they were about as steep as a ladder.  I got the giggles and barely made it.  Just as we enter our apartment Dennis's cell phone rang and it was the Ray's, another senior couple (and his name is Dennis Ray), they had called the young missionaries and asked them to help us.  They arrived in about 3 minutes and helped get the car unloaded in quick order.  That was such a blessing to us!
While we were at the Mission home we felt like we were being fed with a fire hose.  President Francis asked us to:
  1. Be in charge of the Ipads (all missionaries in our mission have one) and they are asked to use Facebook to proselyte for 1 hour per day
  2. Monitor Facebook and what is happening with our missionaries (and I have been a hold out for social media)  Training sessions to be held on this.
  3. Help the missionaries with Family Search.  (which we have used about 1 hour total)  Give training sessions at the meetings with the missionaries, etc.
  4. Drive over the mission, meeting the missionaries and helping them with any thing they need.  We are located centrally in the mission and will be seeing much of New York; regularly. 
  5. Help with the Branch that we are assigned to; and assist the district missionaries where we can.
Well, all in all, we feel totally out in deep water--treading rapidly!  We were able to get internet installed in our apartment today, so we will be training vigorously.
While we were in our interview President Francis asked us to read Doctrine and Covenants Section 31 together.  He asked us to substitute our names into the verses and consider the promises were directly to us.  Please read that section, it is wonderful!
We had a fun trip to the grocery store that was suggested to us.  The name is Aldi's and we thought it was weird that you had to pay for the cart to begin with; but it was really crazy when we didn't get bags for our groceries.  We laughed hard about getting groceries this way. 

Here are some pictures of our apartment (which is really pretty nice).


1 comment:

  1. Wow, so much to do. It looks like a beautiful Apartment and a weird grocery store. How much was the cart? Keep going on your updates they are great!
    Love you tons