January 23, 2016
As Keith does quarterly interviews with each missionary, I sit in another room with the waiting missionaries. During this time I talk with them about everything from their health, their adjustment to being a missionary, and their families.
Elder T. arrived in the mission a little over 3 months ago. When American missionaries come to Mexico, we often see an adjustment period. Many are away from home for the first time and they are in a foreign country with a new culture, language and food. Many Americans take a little time to adjust. However, Elder T. has shown none of the regular signs of that adjustment.
Our conversation on Friday:
Me: How are you doing?
Elder T: Great – just great!
Me: How is your family?
Elder T: Well you know I come from kind of a crazy family (as he pulls out his photo album).
Me: (Starting to turn pages): Wow – are these all your brothers and sisters?
Elder T: One is missing. I haven’t met her yet. She is being born next month. I am the oldest of 12.
Me: Some of our best friends have 12 children! So why is this mission going so smooth for you?
Elder T: (with a big smile): I’m on a vacation where I only have to take care of me! My parents both work and I was always washing clothes and dishes, and cooking meals. This is so much easier! I love being a missionary!
My Conclusion: We should only get mothers as missionaries down here! If mothers took and break and came on a mission, they would really enjoy the whole experience! Elder T. knew how to work hard – and so working hard here is so much easier for him! I wonder if SLC would take my suggestion……