This was easily the busiest week of my mission! I even had to spend the first 2 hours of P-day finishing things up. This is what happens on a transfer week:
Monday: Getting hundreds of papers signed by President Bunnell and then filed to be ready to go when the new missionaries arrive. Finalizing the schedule of the training with President and the Assistants. Driving test. So I'm legal to drive in Europe now! I've never felt so uncomfortable as I did behind the week for the first time, I probably looked a bit like Tayva in the parking lot with dad. A dinner appointment so Elder Solomon could say goodbyes and back to the office to set up for Tuesday.
Tuesday: Greenies [the newly arriving missionaries] came in! Man was it cool to see Elder Sam Hunter. I interrupted President's interview with him, so I could give him a hug. He's heading down to Antwerpen, that got me way excited. That was one of my favorite cities! I took half of the Greenies to city hall to sign-in. Came back gave a training on legality here. We had Pannekoeken dinner with everyone. How could it not be good? Then we came back and all the Greenies opened their calls.
Wednesday: I took the other half of Greenies to sign into the city. I got to go street contacting with Elder Hunter for a bit. He killed it. He's going to be an amazing missionary. Then the rest of the day was doing more legal paperwork for all the greenies. Elder Solomon (the previous legal elder) got transferred and I've been calling him like every hour with questions! haha
Thursday: Legality paper work for days... Funny story: the Assistants and I just got smart phones to help us do our work, but our SIM cards were too big. So Elder McConkie and I went to the T-mobile store to get them but turns out you have to be the contact person on the contract to get them. After trying everything we could to get the cards, We frustratedly walked back to the Office and found out how to change myself to the contact person. At this point I wanted to prove my point more than I even wanted to get the SIM cards, so we marched back to the Centrum to show the t-mobile guy up, only to find out in our big excitement to make a statement, we overlooked the line that said it takes 5 days to process the request. After all that we ended up with no SIM cards and a shot to our pride. haha
Friday: spent 10 hours going through and organizing weekly proselyting numbers into graphs of what has happened in the last year by ward/branch. A very long and tedious process. President Bunnell asked me to do it for his meeting with the area presidency on Sunday. Sooooo glad to be done with that...
Anyway, I don't have much of a spiritual thought this week, I've been too busy with other things. haha Love you!
Elder Talyon Anderson Perry