In the meantime, Elder and Hna. Lund drove back out to the airport to pick up Hna. Rodriguez, coming back from Italy after being on medical leave for two months and the Ayundantes had a training meeting for the newly-called trainers. It was a rainy day, so we skipped the usual visit to Montjuic with the new missionaries and came directly back to the mission office and home for lunch (during which Pte. Hinckley conducted brief interviews with each of the new missionaries). Assignments were then made, the trainers came up and met their new companions, we had an orientation meeting, and sent them on their way to their new assignments about 4:00 p.m.
We had two hours to rearrange the house, set the table, and prepare for a final farewell dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the returning missionaries. At 7:00 some family members of returning missionaries joined us for a farewell meeting and testimonies, and then we all went down to Plaza Catalunia to "sing for the angels." It continued to rain, but we had a wonderful and memorable evening.
Wednesday morning we were up early and left for the airport at 7:10 a.m., where we said our last goodbyes to nine incredible missionaries! We miss them terribly, but the blow is softened by the great spirit of our five new elders and the return of Hna. Rodriguez!
A bittersweet farewell in the mission home on the last night in Spain
Elders Miskin, Haymond, Worthen, Dillon, Forsgren, Burton, Davis and Groves surround Hna. O'Neill
Elder Atkin and Pte. Hinckley at the train station awaiting the arrival of the nuevos
At the train station to pick up the nuevos, we crossed paths with
several elders traveling to their new areas!
Elder Egan and Elder Nasaeth
Elder Waite and Elder Gold
Elder Parry and Elder Sommerfeldt
The nuevos and their trainers - about to go to work!