Monday, April 21, 2014

A Parental Post--Mail and Packages

Dear Parents,

I truly do not wish to offend, but I do wish to educate. With the increase of missionaries in the mission and in particular the arrival of American sisters, I have been inundated with questions from parents regarding mail and packages. So rather than address each situation individually, I will address it publicly here and then post it in the parent information for later reference.

First, please understand that although President Wagner and I wish to help you and answer your questions, we are also extremely busy. The mission is like a large corporation that constantly requires a great deal of work. Rare are the days we take a p-day, and constant are the ones that bring emergencies. Nearly every day requires 16 hours of work plus we are on constant call at all hours for health and other missionary emergencies.

Having a daughter ourselves on a mission we understand your desire to send mail and packages. But please understand that we do not handle the mail. That is handled by a very capable and experienced office staff consisting of two elders and a senior couple.

The packet your missionary received has the addresses for packages. The packages sent to the office usually need someone there to sign for them. The office closes at 2 so the missionaries can go to work, so if a package comes after that time no one will be there. We cannot change this since it is much more important for the missionary to be out sharing the gospel than it is for him to be sitting in the office.  Usually, however, they contact the office and set another time to deliver. In most cases this is not a problem.

If the package is sent to the post office box, it will be picked up according to the availability of the office staff. Once again they are very much over worked and do the best they can. If paper work needs to be filled out, they will do it. But once again, at their convenience.

Once a package is in the office it will remain there until either President Wagner and I deliver it or until mission council when the zone leaders come into Guadalajara for training. Usually mail will be delivered twice a month, but sometimes it is only once. We are also sorry about this, but once again we cannot change it. There is not any other safe method to deliver the mail other than personal delivery.

Also please remember that not all packages arrive safely. We have heard from several parents that packages have been sent that have not arrived at the office or post office box. We are sorry about this, but we cannot do anything about it. There is no way for us to track down a package through the Mexican mail system, nor if there were, would the secretaries have time to do it. Luckily, this is the exception. Nearly all packages are delivered. Sometimes it takes a couple weeks and sometimes it takes a couple months, however.

We do understand how important it is for you to send the package and for your missionary to receive it, but for the office staff this is not, nor can it be a top priority. Truly we are all doing the best we can under the circumstances. And many times the circumstances are just out of our control.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Hermana Wagner

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Follow Up Training In Guadalajara

Each change at about the four or five week mark we have follow up training for the new missionaries and their companions. The purpose of this training is to make sure the trainers are doing what they are supposed to be doing and to re-train the new missionaries on some of the most important items since most pretty much sleep through the original training--due to getting up very early in the morning to fly here.

Due to lengthy travel time, those missionaries stationed in Vallarta do not come into this meeting, but we go to them. They will receive their training this coming week.

In these pictures they are all working on planning.

 Later the assistants led them in a game of asking for references. After asking a question they then selected a ball from the bag. If they got a yes, they could return to their seats, if they got a no they had to keep playing. The first team to have everyone in their seats won.

 Poor Sister M was the last one on her team to get a yes, and it took MANY questions to get it.
 Finally!! And just in time to beat out the other team!
 Next another game was played. This one was a competition to see who knew the questions on a reference card the best. And the winner?! None other than Elder B. Good job!
We had a great time and look forward to meeting with the other new missionaries next week in Vallarta!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Interviews, Day 6

I am a little late in getting these posted due to a computer malfunction. But thanks to my very smart, kind, patient and diligent husband, I am back in business. So glad I married a genius!!

Here are the pictures from yesterday's interviews.

 And here are the zone leaders (left) doing their training. It was a good day!

Earthquake in Mexico Update

This is just a short post to let any interested family members know that the 7.2 earthquake in Mexico this morning was not in our mission and all of our missionaries are still safe!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Interviews Day 5--Here in Guadalajara

This week we are home, but still super busy. We have two days of interviews, one day of follow up training for new missionaries (I will post those pictures later in the week) and one day of speaking at the young single adult conference. But I am still determined to not get behind so here at the pictures from our latest interviews. This was our longest day so far. We had 28 missionaries in 2 zones and were at the church building from 9:00 in the morning until almost 6:00 in the evening. But they are a great group of missionaries and we loved being with them.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Interviews--the fourth straight day! (Yes! We Are Tired!:-)

Here are pictures from day four of interviews. I think this time I only forgot the zone leaders.:-) Sorry about that!

I told them to show some love. I guess it is a "guy" thing.:-)
 With two other elders . . .
 During one part of the interviews (or while waiting for interviews) I had them practice leaving me text messages. This is what one elder wrote.  The message I will never receive.:-)
 Translated it says his symptoms are: Super Happy, Walking in the clouds and finding golden investigators. And he has had this "ailment" since he started work at 6:00 on Monday. Cute.
 Also while waiting I gave them a cross word puzzle to help in their study of the Book of Mormon.--learning main people and events. By the way . . . the answer to the one so many of you are struggling with is Liahona.:-) (And the zone leaders are on the left side of this picture so I did get them you just can't see them very well.:-)

 A missionary has gotta do what a missionary has gotta do! In this case, the parasite cleanse.

Another long but fun day!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interviews, Day 3

First off I need to apologize to the Calixto, Jarvis, Botello and Zarate families for forgetting to take pictures of their awesome missionary sons!! I can tell you though that they are all doing great and look great. But I am sorry I missed their pictures.

Here are the pictures of the rest of the missionaries in this area though . . .

 The elder on the far right below graduated from high school early so he could go on a mission. So basically he should still be in high school!! I told him I am sure his mother worries a lot about him everyday. As do I.:-) He is doing great though as are all the others in these pictures.

 I had to laugh at this. Elder P on the right wanted to show off his 20 peso shoulder bag (approx. $1.50) He bragged it has now lasted for an entire month!