Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's interview time again

            Yes, it is interview time again.  Between the six-week transfer cycle and the three month training cycle we are always counting down to one event or another.  During the January interviews, I sat with the missionaries who were waiting while President interviewed.  I will admit it was hard because my Spanish was not very good, also sometimes I was trying to entertain 10 or more missionaries at a time.  
            This time we decided to change around a little, and it is working out very well.  I meet with each Latin missionary about their progress in learning English.  I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the missionaries are doing with this challenge.  Preach My Gospel contains a challenge for Latin missionaries to learn English and we feel it will help them through the rest of their lives.  Plus, they learn empathy with the English speakers who are also trying to learn a new language.  It is a great opportunity for everyone to cooperate.  This time around, I can understand so much better what they are saying.  In addition, the assistants meet with each companionship to learn about their investigators and to do a teaching practice.  It is a great opportunity for them to get acquainted with each missionary and help them learn to teach better.  We have enjoyed spending more time with the assistants—what great young men they are.

We love our wonderful coordinadoras.
            We are taking three weeks to do interviews in contrast to our usual hectic schedule of trying to finish before transfers.  A typical day includes picking up the assistants at their apartment at 8:00 a.m., driving to the chapel to start by 9.  We take a break for lunch, start again and usually get home around 7 or 7:30.  We are all exhausted by the end of the day, but we drop off the assistants at the office so they can keep working.  We did two days the week before last, six days last week and have four days this week.  After we finish, we will definitely be ready for a P-day!
This going home group includes two assistants, three zone leaders and a comisario.
We have really missed them; they were all great missionaries.

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