Sunday, October 21, 2012

I have begun missionary interviews which occur about every 3 months and it takes about that long to get around to all of the missionaries.  I usually spend about a half hour with each one. It has been interesting and I have heard a lot of insightful observations and suggestions for the mission. We have really great missionaries. There are problems with some, but it has been rewarding working on these issues with them. I have seen some remarkable transformations. We were in Antsirabe this week, three hours south of here. We had a zone meeting for an hour and a half then interviews. These were followed by about two hours of unanticipated interviews with members, most of which involved helping the district president resolve various problems. We were pretty much successful in doing that. This week we will receive four new missionaries from the US. This is a fun and exciting time. Next weekend we fly to Fort Dauphin at the southern tip of the country for interviews, leadership training,  dividing the branch and calling a new branch presidency.

zebu in the road

rice planting

a common street scene

1 comment:

  1. Pres. Adams -- After nearly three weeks in France, we have finally secured Internet services for our apartment in Cherbourg, a port city on la Manche.

    We have multiple assignments for proselyting, member support and training, young single adults, and missionary apartment inspections in our zone. Last Sunday, I was sustained to be the second counselor in the branch presidency, a branch of about 30 active members.

    We enjoyed accompanying Elder Mariteragi from the Provo MTC to Paris, on his way to La Reunion. He was extremely excited that he had exited the MTC able to speak (and even joke) in English.

    He was in the middle seat in the middle section of the plane, a few rows behind us. I asked if I could put his suit coat in the overhead bin, but he refused, leaving me to wonder if I was breaking some missionary rule for removing my jacket during the 10 hour flight.

    Coincidentally, during our apartment inspections last week, we met his cousin from Tahiti, Soeur Alves, who is serving in Rouen. Her best friend in Tahiti is Elder Mariteragi's sister.

    It isn't Tahiti here along the Atlantic Ocean at this time of year, and we now understand why the 1960's film was called "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg."

    We enjoy your blog.

    Elder & Soeur Bellessa