Friday, October 26, 2012


22 October 2012

Dear Homefront,
Not a terribly large amount happened this week, but it was good.
Last Monday, we had a district get-together down at the church to play some games and just get to know each other a little more.  This week we also had Interviews with President Perry.  I love interviews each and every time.  President just has such a wonderful spirit about him.
Thursday we did more sheetrocking, after which we spent the night at the Zone Leader's apartment rather than drive down to Richmond in the morning for Zone Meeting.  At Zone Meeting, Elders Case and Kholer (our two Zone Leaders) gave trainings about the upcoming changes in the mission.  Apparently the Church is raising the number caps on all of the missions and ours is going to be one of the first to get up to 250 full time missionaries (that's not including senior couples).  That means that we'll have at least 50 missionaries coming out to the mission very soon.  With that influx, we've also been asked to keep our eyes open for language opportunities other than English and Spanish.  Also, if they so wish, Sisters will now be permitted to serve in biking areas, which will be a huge change for the mission.
Before Zone Meeting, I had a meeting with the other district leaders in the Zone to talk about the things that they wanted us to have in mind in the coming months.
After Zone Meeting, we had an exchange with the Insbrook Elders.  I came back from that very sore because I'm not in as good a shape as I used to be so I wasn't quite ready for a hard day's biking ... It seems that I need to take my morning exercises more seriously.
Saturday, we did service for the Maldonados, a family in our area, helping them to rebuild their goat pen and move some fences.  That was a good work-out digging all the post holes and moving the fencing, but it was fun.  At the end of the day, we also butchered a chicken which Brother Maldonado had promised to the Sisters.  That was interesting.
I hope all's well and that everyone's safe.
I love you all!
-Elder John Y. Roberts

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