Twenty five new missionaries arrived today, November 30 2010. We picked them up at the airport in a bus because they are such a gigantic group. We filled the bus completely and needed even more space for luggage in two other vehicles. What a huge blessing for our mission! We immediately felt the monumental strength of each one of these Elders and Sisters. The power of their collective and individual testimony filled the air and gave us strength and inspiration. They are truly like the Army of Helaman. They are strong and brave and true.
We drove directly to the Santiago Temple where we oriented these faithful missionaries. We took a photo in the Temple Gardens which we will send to their parents today to let them know that their missionary arrived safely.
We received a warm welcome from Elder Amado, our Area President and Elder Corbridge, his first counselor. This was a special treat for us to get to hear their testimonies and receive their counsel as our twenty five missionaries begin their service.
It was a wonderful experience to introduce our new missionaries to their companions. We know the Holy Ghost guided President Laycock's decisions as he made these assignments. Once again we felt the overwhelming power that these missionaries have brought with them to add to our mission. We are so very grateful to the Lord for them and for their families. We love them very much, and we know that, just as Elder Amado promised them, they will experience miracles as they are obedient and faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a great privilege for us to serve with them and to know them.