We were thrilled to receive 13 new missionaries on November 1, 2011. Five Elders and 1 Sister came from the United States. Four Elders and three Sisters came from the Chile MTC. We could immediately feel the love that they brought with them from all over the world, and we were so thankful to have them join us in the Lord's Chile, Santiago East Mission. We traveled to the Las Condes Stake Center where we had a short orientation, introduced them to their first companions, fed them lunch, and then sent them off to their sectors for their very first day of teaching and preaching to their Chilean Brothers and Sisters. They were filled with joy and wonder as we drove through the streets of the city. Today was a National Holiday in Chile, so the city streets were quiet and peaceful. The weather was foggy and a little bit Chilly, but by the end of the afternoon, the sun was shining and welcoming these dear Elders and Sisters to beautiful Santiago. We loved each one of them immediately, and we could feel their deep desire to serve the Lord as His missionaries.
We enjoyed seeing President and Sister MacArthur at the airport. They were there to pick up their Missionaries going to the Chile, Rancagua Mission. We love them very much and are grateful for their faithful examples.