|At the mission office|
18 September 2016
We drove into Fresno about four in the afternoon last Sunday and hit the ground running. We had about two hours to get our car unloaded and the apartment set up before dinner at Mission President and Sister Clark’s home. The other mission office couple (and our next door neighbors) was also there, along with the couple that preceded us who returned to CA to train us for the week. After a lovely evening, we scrambled to get our bed made and get ready for Monday morning.
Our workdays here begin at nine. We expected the building to be old, but it burned down a decade or so ago so was rebuilt, and several years ago half the building was transformed into a good mission office. Walking thirteen laps around the interior perimeter is supposed to be about one mile. We were taking good advantage of that at first, but not so much as we felt busier and busier as the week progressed.
A bumper crop of new missionaries (20+) is expected to arrive about the 27th. We will all be working hard to have apartments secured and set up for them, bikes and/or automobiles for their transportation ready and waiting, materials for their study and teaching, meals for everyone involved – pretty much a million details. . .
It is great to meet missionaries as they stop by the office to pick up mail and solve bike problems and a myriad of other issues. In addition to English- and Spanish- speaking companionships, there are some Hmong-speaking missionaries and even a mixed language pair where one speaks Hmong and the other Korean, we think. In one supply closet are Books of Mormon printed in many various languages of people in the Fresno area. We have never heard of some of the languages.
Church today was a treat! The Bishop thanked everyone for working in ‘the vineyard’. In a few days they will ‘roll the grapes’ from the welfare farm. We think it has to do with making raisins. The ward members are very friendly. They rotate four organists (today’s young man was great). The lessons were inspiring. It felt like home.