Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We attended our first mission leadership conference.  The assistants attend and the zone leaders from all the islands and sometimes sister trainer leaders.  They meet at the mission home.  The mission nurse and the office couple also attend for the first part of the meeting to give instruction.  Unfortunately we could not get flights for the Pohnpei or Kosrae zone leaders for this month's conference.  A couple of the missionaries from Guam were asked to fill in for some of them.  We heard from Pres and Sister Zarbock and several of the Zone leaders.

Elder Fabiano conducted the meeting.  Sadly he left for home the next week.

Elder Gibb is the new assistant who will be working with Elder Striplin.  They are all strong, fantastic missionaries.

The Martins also bore their testimonies.  They will be leaving the end of August after their superior service as the office couple.  We have enjoyed getting to know them.  They have spent long hours trying to train us in the office.  Their thoughtfulness has reached far beyond the office training as they included us in many fun activities outside the office as well.  We will surely miss them.
Sister and Elder Martin
 We met Elder and Sister Brimhall on Wednesday morning in Yap.  They graciously spent most of the day  showing us around.  We went to two of the missionary apartments to inspect them.  We also met with a very nice family.  They took us around to show us stores and Sister Guercio took pictures of available food.  She and Elder Guercio have spent many hours putting together eating plans to try to get the missionaries to eat better.  There have been several that have been sick and even taken to the hospital for things that could have been avoided with proper diet.
Elder Hamilton, Sister Brimhall, Elder Brimhall, Sister Guercio, Elder Guercio.

 It turns out that Elder Brimhall and I are related through Grandma Radmalls line.  Another missionary, Sister Eliason, is also related through the same line.  We go back the the family of Sylvanus Brimhall.  We each come from a different one of his son's lines.

Meeting Sister Calder and Sister Taumoefolau.

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