the next thing that happened that never gets old is the trainer/trainee match-ups when the new batch of missionaries come in. the weariness of the day of training passes. there is always such joy and excitement as they all line up, eager to meet their new best friend for the next 6 weeks! i love watching them greet each other and i happened to catch the look of peace and joy on president dahle's face as well! it is quite a process for him. he selects the missionaries he trusts will be the best trainers and then he interviews all the new arrivals. he then prays over the match-ups, to be sure his impressions are right. he admits he makes mistakes sometimes but thinks that those even happen for a reason. i tend to agree!
and today the rains returned! since the typhoons blew through, we haven't had hardly a drop of rain but today the skies opened and it was fantastic! i tried to get a picture but rain never shows up in the photos. i need to learn how to photograph rain! it was beautiful to watch and listen to. we understand you had a pretty spectacular storm at home this week as well!
diane mentioned sister avenceña last week ... the missionary who left for the tempe mission. well, it just so happens she was assigned to the the cooley ward, which was my very first ward when i arrived in arizona as well! if you happen to see a beautiful filipina with a big smile, say hello! so cool that she is meeting people both diane and i know! small world!
and finally, just a sign on the road to manila but i love it! it's an analogy for life really, don't you think? protect yourself as much as possible by being obedient, but this life is one exciting ride! come what may, and love it!