We were always very graciously welcomed into each home.
Sometimes there would be thoughtful notes.
Often all shoes are arranged in unique ways.
Since we are talking up to 120 degree weather (heat index), water is always in the refrigerator.
Note the toothpaste, toothbrushes and one lonely fish!
Clean and tidy kitchen.
One of the shortest toilets I've seen.
One of our oldest and rustiest CR's in the mission.
Some missionaries have Nanay's wash their laundry.
Other missionaries wash laundry a couple of times a week.
As we went around the mission, I would encourage the missionaries to take a picture of their desk. I got some strange looks but then we discussed it.
Many great things take place at a missionary's desk. They study, they learn, they are inspired and their knowledge of the Savior and testimony of Him grows through the months. Someday when they return home, there will be a time when they wish to recapture the feelings that they had while on a mission. They can look at their desk picture and be flooded with good memories. They might take the picture of their desk and give a lesson to youth about, "Things I learned on my mission." The missionaries seemed to love this idea.
A Lola's (grandma) creative baby swing!
Here is what we figure our interviews entailed, by the numbers:
Apartments Visited 83
Missionaries Interviewed 226
Cookies & Apples Distributed 230
Full Interview Days 17
Apartments Rededicated 83
Heart Stickers Given 226
Thermometers Passed Out 182
Songs Sung 83
Pictures Taken 402
Times (really) Lost 2
Number of Handshakes Too many to count
Prayers Answered Known only to God
Kilometers Driven More than we'd like to admit
The pictures below are the missionary poses for the Divine Companionship. We like to call it, "The Third Chair" . Our missionaries wouldn't think of teaching a lesson without the Spirit.
Below are some of the missionaries and their Third Chair pictures. There were some really creative poses.
We combined all of the Third Chair pictures onto one large tarpaulin poster and display it in our office. We love this "quilt" of pictures that reminds us to live our lives in such a way that we can always have the Holy Ghost with us in lessons.
We are in awe at the goodness of our dear, dear Angeles Missionaries. Thank you for the most memorable round of interviews!