On Sunday we attended two missionary “homecomings” (where the recently returned missionary speaks in church), and two farewells (where the missionaries leaving speak in church…Max’s is back HERE). It seems like we are now going to those every Sunday.
The next week we got four.
I’ve been trying to figure out how the heck to attach that puppy here but I can’t figure it out for the life of me so I’ll have to come back when I figure it out because I loved it and it is so fun to listen to.
And the second favorite is the day he thought he was going to get transferred and was so worried about how to say goodbye to the people he has grown to love so much. It was so great to hear him talk to his companion and roommates trying to figure out how to get around to everyone.
Just a re-cap so far. Each “transfer” is six weeks. Usually missionaries stay with their trainers for two transfers, so Max was with his trainer Elder Porter for twelve weeks.
Then he stayed in the same area and got a new companion. So although the new companion had been on a mission a lot longer, I’m sure Max was the one who had to show him around a bit.
He was with that companion for six weeks, and totally thought he would be transferred (you usually don’t stay in one area too long), but the assignments came out that he would be staying with that same companion another transfer in the same area.
So, he’s been in his very first area in Taiwan for nearly twenty weeks. That’s a long time! And he is OVER THE MOON about it.
He has four more to go (at least) and he is absolutely in LOVE with it. Last transfer he and his companion didn’t have much success finding people to teach and I think it must have been a little frustrating (although you’d never know from his letters…Dave and I just know because we’ve been there and done that). But suddenly they have started finding so many people who are so excited to learn more about Jesus Christ and want to be taught. So they are kind of on fire as a companionship and as friends. So fun to hear.
I have become friends with both his first companions mothers through the internet so I was able to “get to know” them and their sons through their letters they would forward, but so far I’m not in touch with this one…I need to find her 🙂
Dear elder Pothier, this is Lucy. What’s your favorite food? How is is your companion? Is it still rainy there? Do you like to use an umbrella or a raincoat? Will you send us a picture of your apartment? I want to see where you sleep? What are you mostly eating there?
I memorized helaman 5:12 this week and I went to a play. It was supposed to be bandito but when it started they said “welcome to hairspray!!” And it was the wrong play!!!!
I swam around the raft 23 times and I’m trying to make good decisions on sugar. Can we do a contest instead of just not eating sugar because then it will be more fun. Like having a contest like if someone eats sugar then they lose?
Answer my questions I love you. 🍪😄
Here’s Max’s response:
I don’t know the background on any of these pictures included in this post…I think maybe English class on most of them?? I can guess though that the “peace” sign is what you do when you take pictures 🙂 I just love seeing that tall happy face sticking up there at the top of each one. Missions are the best.