Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Repost of President and Sister Nielson's Blog - Day 2

New Missionaries...Day 2! Missionary work begins!

Life in Poland...Day 2! All our new arrivals had a good nights rest and a big breakfast. They are looking fresh and ready to start the day!

First on the agenda...a brisk walk to the Mission Office to get started on legal work and other essential matters.

Seven minutes later, they arrive at the Mission Office. While our new Missionaries are getting all this done, the Mission Home is full of activity!

Our new trainers have arrived anxious to meet their new trainees. While the trainers meet with President Nielson....

...their trainees have made their way to the Warsaw Rynek to have lunch and start doing missionary work in Poland.

First stop...a pierogi restaurant. You can tell by the looks on their faces that they are a little lost!

But when the pierogi arrives, the smiles come out!

After lunch, our Warsaw I and II Missionaries arrive at the Rynek to help our New Missionaries contact people passing through. After introductions are made, they set out to work.

Elders Vernon and Harris follow Elder Raines' lead. These determined missionaries are going to find someone to teach!

Elders Baranowski and Cieslak along with Elder Szmanski engage a man in a conversation about what would it mean to him if he knew that God spoke to a prophet today.

Sister Forsey helps Sister Packard contact a woman while...

... Elder Godwin and Elder Fletcher find a father to talk to.

Elders Tingey and Pofelski (who knew each other in High School in Meridian, Idaho!) contacting a man who has questions.

Elders Wier, Bokinski and Garfield contacting on the Rynek.

Elder Jensen showing Elder Wilson how to contact while walking alongside people.

We appreciate the good Missionaries from the Warsaw Zone who helped our new Missionaries learn to approach and contact people. They are learning from the best! (LtoR): Elders Harris, Wilson, Fletcher, Pofelski, Godwin, Bokinski, Szmanski, Vernon, Tingey, Neuner, Cieslak, Baranowski, Garfield, Weir and Sisters Holmgren, Forsey, Packard and Peterson.

Soon it is time to head back to the Mission Home and MEET THEIR TRAINERS!

Sister Packard will be trained by Sister Sheahan. They will be serving in the Warsaw I Branch.

Elder Vernon will serve in Katowice where Elder Mikolyski will be his trainer.

Elder Godwin's trainer is Elder Johnson. They will serve in Lodz together.

Elder Hancock is serving in Lublin where he will be training Elder Wilson.

Elder Tanner will be training Elder Neuner in Lodz.

Elder Baranowski doesn't have to travel far. He will serve in the Warsaw II Branch and Elder Hooker will be his trainer.

Elder Myler will be taking his trainee, Elder Harris, to the seaside city of Gdansk.

Elder Tingey will be serving in Wroclaw with Elder Marsing.

Szczecin will be receiving a new trainee, Elder Garfield. Elder Van Bakel will be training him.

Elder Wier will be trained by our Elder from Iceland...Elder Gudnasen. They will be serving in Bydgoszcz.

And...Elder Cieslak will be serving in Wroclaw with Elder Bode.

There you have it! Eleven new missionaries with their eleven new trainers. What a great sight to behold! There is power in this group!
After taking a short break to give the trainers and trainees a chance to get to know each other.... was back to business with instruction from President Nielson.

Humm....I haven't seen the Assistants for awhile. I wonder what they might be up to?

Always being found doing the right thing, Elders Basha and Jensen had been 'slaving' over the grill in the backyard. Dinner is ready.....come and get it!

After dinner and a great testimony meeting, it was time for our 'Warsaw' missionaries to get on the road and to their apartments. Sisters Packard and Sheahan and Elders Hooker and Baranowski will be settled into their apartments by 9:00 pm to start planning for tomorrow.

What a great day!

It's late and tomorrow is another VERY busy day. All these missionaries need to be on trains bright and early in the morning to get to their assigned cities. After that....there are only a few hours to change beds and fix meals for the departing missionaries who arrivetomorrow afternoon! Good thing I have Sister McGrath to help me. She arrived from Katowice this morning, and I immediately put her to work! THANK YOU Sister McGrath for your tireless help!

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