Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

All These Things Give Experience

Dear Families and Friends,

Last Tuesday we welcomed five smiling but shy new missionaries at the airport.  We could tell they were shy because they said they weren’t hungry.  By 3 o’clock one of our assistants quietly asked if I could at least give them a cracker.  They seemed happy to get a little nourishment to get them through until dinner.  I guess they will have to learn to be more bold.   They were up by about 2 o’clock in the morning.  We had a pleasant day, and they were out doing missionary work right after dinner.  We loved their smiles and enthusiasm.  The “Greenie Fire” really helps keep the mission fire burning.

On Wednesday they met their new trainers and were off.  Transfers are held in the parking lot at the closest Stake Center.  Each Zone has an area where they park their vehicles and the loading and unloading of luggage takes place.  The missionaries spend about a half hour visiting and getting caught up on the news and then they are off.  Today I would like to make a few comments on concerns missionaries have as they are transferred.

For those missionaries who love change, transfers aren’t a big deal.  They just go with the flow.  However, it takes experience and practice at adapting to grow into that attitude.  For many of them the word “transfer” creates anxiety.  They worry about whether they will have to move, who the new companion may be, whether the new companion is clean and orderly or sloppy, will they get along, will they like each other, will there be unrighteous dominion on the part of the senior companion, will they treat each other with respect, how will the ward or branch members receive them, will there be enough to keep them busy, and will the investigators that they almost baptized be okay when they leave?  Will the new companion want to be obedient to the mission rules, will they have companion study, will they have a good ward mission leader,and on and on?

Each time a missionary goes through this process he/she becomes a little stronger socially and emotionally.  To quote President Hinckley, they learn to face the stiff winds of opportunity so they get used to change and adapting.  This helps them for the rest of their lives.  At the end of their missions they write a letter to President Gee and tell what they learned from their companions.  There is always something positive learned from each experience, even the ones that were difficult.  Most of the time the companions adjust pretty quickly to each other.  Often they become great friends.  Sometimes they will end up being friends for life.  They get so they love each other and learn to work with each other.  I still marvel at how well they learn to teach in unity.  A subtle pause and the other picks up and carries the teaching for a few minutes and then the other one takes a turn again.  It is part of the miracle.  The weeks pass quickly.  It isn’t long until we are announcing transfers again and there often is the real hope that they can just stay where they are.  Then the process starts over again.  Mission Presidents are counseled to leave missionaries in an area for a few months.  That isn’t always possible but that is the ideal.  Already one week of this transfer is gone.  It goes so fast.

If our information is correct you should be able to look in the Church News on February 13th and find Nolan and Rhonda Taylor from North Salt Lake.  They will be taking over the Oklahoma City Mission this summer.

We are now trying to get our momentum back from the storms we have been experiencing.  Not being able to use the cars and having church meetings cancelled is showing up in our investigators with a baptism date.  We hope we can get back in full action.  Please continue your prayers in our behalf.  We are still having winter weather.  This is not typical Oklahoma winter weather.  The missionaries are taking it in stride.  Have a good week.

Love, Sister Gee and President Gee

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Letters from Mission President/Wife, Uncategorized

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