To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

Thursday, July 30, 2015

 Here they are, the newest addition to the OEM!

 These great missionaries arrived in the Eugene, Oregon at 11:58 a.m.

We went to the mission home and after lunch they were taught by President Russell, Sister Russell, and the Assistants. This picture shows the Assistants teaching while the president is interviewing each of the missionaries.

They all are listening intently.

 I am trying to get a pictures of all of the missionaries.

This shot is from the stairway.
They were all very tired, and because of limited room, only 12 of the missionaries could sleep at the mission home. The other Elders slept with the Assistants and the Sisters slept with the STL's (Sister Training Leaders).

Then, we all met for breakfast at the mission home

Afterwards, we had some time before we were to meet at the stake center, so they studied.

At the Church, we had a short program where the new missionaries were officially welcomed by several missionaries and senior couples. After that, we went into the cultural hall where it was time to meet their trainers!

Elder Egan will be trained by Elder Goode and they will serve in Coos Bay (Florence). 

 Elder Hales will train Elder Flake in Coos Bay (North Bend).

 Elder Black will train Elder Thibault in Coos Bay (Bandon).

 Elder Spurlock will be trained by Elder Hollingshead in Corvallis.

 Elder Hallam will be trained by Elder Cho in Corvallis.

Elder Bushman will be trained by Elder Barclay in Corvallis.

When the president reads the name of the trainer and then who he will be training they meet at the front and give each other a big hug. Elder Barclay not only hugged Elder Bushman, but carried him across the room!

 Elder Moser will be trained by Elder Howard in Corvallis.

 Sister Allen will train Sister Rasmussen in Santa Clara.

 Elder Godfrey will train Elder Briceno in Santa Clara.

 Elder Wardle will be trained by Elder Porter in Santa Clara (Junction City).

 Elder Redding will train Elder Jensen in Roseburg.

Elder Russell will train Elder Thurgood in Roseburg (Winston).

 Elder Holman will be trained by Elder Crowell in Roseburg (Newton Creek South).

 Sister Holliday will train Sister Sidhu in Grants Pass (Riverside). 

 Elder Allred will train Elder Cluff in Grants Pass (Cave Junction). 

 Elder Spencer will train Elder Poston in Medford.

 Elder Verhaaren will train Elder Johnson in Medford.

Elder Rawlings will be trained by Elder Lucas in Central Point (Gold Hill).

 Elder Zilles will be trained by Elder King in Roseburg (South Umpqua).

 Elder Gage will be trained by Elder Nelson in Klamath Falls (Tulelake).

Elder Finlinson will trained by Elder Provstgaard in  Medford (Ashland).

Elder Fetzer will train Elder Etherington in Klamath Falls (Alturas). 

Elder Christiansen will be trained by Elder Lambson in Klamath Falls.

 Sister Jones will train Sister Doxey in Grants Pass (Beacon Hill).

 Elder Morris will be trained by Elder Wells in Grants Pass (Redwood).

 Our new missionaries,  including Elder and Sister Phipps (they will be serving in the office as our nurse and Elder Phipps will be the apartment coordinator).

 Our new missionaries and their trainers. 

 Before they head off to their areas they are trained on iPads.

 President Russell teaches them about how to use the iPads safely (spiritual safety).

The Assistants; Elder Nash and Elder Workman will then train them on the iPads.

 Lastly, before Elder Black and Elder Thibault leave they want a 'selfie' with Sister Russell.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's time for 34 of our missionaries to return home with honor.
President Russell has them come in from their areas on Sunday because he has to interview each one and with 34 that takes more than one day.
So, what do they do in the mission home?

 I have each one of them make me a scrape book page. I have several different kinds of paper and other supplies so they can make them super cute!

 Sister Healy is checking out Sister Petersen's work.

 We also have some games for them to play.
Sister Dougherty and Haugen give me bright smiles,

 Sister Call and Sister Burrell are working on their iPads.

 Sister Crabb, Elder Simpson, and Elder McDowell play Skipbo.

Now Elder Smith joins in.
All the while, president Russell is interviewing each missionary.

More creative juices flow; Elder Sharp and Elder Kunz work on their scrape book pages.

 Look at the concentration here! Elder Beasley shows us his thoughtful pose.
And here we have a game of Head Banzz!

 Don't they look cute? Soon everyone will want to wear Head Banzz.

 More people than head banzz, so, some just hold the card on their head.
These two special women, Sister Johnson and Sister Younger are preparing the dinner for all of these missionaries! They are incredible.

 I walked into the living room and they were playing  a game called Missionary Mafia(?). Apparently, someone chooses a murderer, a detective, an angel, and the victim. Then, that person tells a story about  how the victim was killed.

Somehow I got roped into telling the story...

 First, I had to pick a murderer, detective, angel, and victim ( I really did not understand how the game was played). 

 Then, came the story, that I could do!

 ....still not sure how to play, but I can tell a story.

They liked the story, but I never learned how to play.
One last group shot of our wonderful missionaries...

 ...and then the crazy poses.

 The last, and I think the best part of it all is the testimony meeting that night.

We have a tradition that we always take a picture with the two Assistants and the one going home in the backseat of the car. Elder Boyd; We love you! You are an amazing missionary and we will miss you. The Assistants are now Elder Nash and we welcome Elder Workman!

 A last 'selfie' (it's been a long day for Sister Cathro and Sister Call).
At the airport

We doubled the amount of people at the airport.

We returned to a very quiet house and I found these post-its on the bathroom mirror.
 It said, "We love you, thanks for all you do!".

President Russell and I love all of our missionaries!