|I don't know if I have ever mentioned that we have a bit of an unusual situation here in the Philippins missions.|
American missionaries who are serving in India have to leave the country after one year and get a renewed visa. This takes two or three months. The church used to send them back to the states for that time but decided recently to send them to the Philippines because it is so much closer and cheaper to do so. Consequently we get one of these elders in our area every few months. The first one was Elder Tracy from the mid west (standing behind Dads left shoulder), he came just before Christmas and it was pretty hard on him at first. Missionaries to India do not have to learn a language so to come here with no language training at all and to have to leave right before Christmas I think he felt pretty alone. But it didn't take too long until he fit right in and was loving life but he still was super excited when his visa came through and he was able to go back to India.
|Next came Elder Morrell from Logan. He said Elder Moser reminded him of his dad the way he talked so they got along great. He started out with a bang but was only here a couple of months. We just saw him off Tuesday. We really enjoyed him and look forward to seeing him again at home.|
Yesterday we met the new one from India, Elder Cooper from Linden Utah. I don't have a picture of him yet but he seems like a fine young man.