Yesterday, I failed to mention that the nurse I met on Sunday, Sister Steadman from N. Carolina, has been assigned as my MTC companion. We are different in some ways, but two peas in a pod in others. Both of us have been in nursing for 45+ years. She has been a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in a Rural practice and retired 11 days prior to reporting here. She is assigned to the Indiana/Indianapolis Mission. Today was classes all day re: Preach My Gospel. Tomorrow is our first opportunity (?) to 'teach' an 'investigator'. We are a great team and laugh a lot :o) We have an additional companion who arrived late yesterday from Peru. She is a Spanish-speaking sister who is assigned to the New Mexico/Albuquerque Mission. Surprisingly, we have been able to limp along with my limited Spanish. She spends a lot of time with RM translators.
Tonight was an amazing meeting. The speaker for the Tuesday Evening Devotional is a closely guarded secret/surprise, but we had been told that we should not miss it! Elder David and Sister Susan Bednar were our speakers. What a treat! An area of chairs near the front (padded, I might add) are reserved for the Senior Missionaries. Earlier today, one of the sisters in our group from Rogers, Arkansas had mentioned that she was Stake RS President when Elder Bednar was Stake President. She and her husband were seated directly in front of us. When Elder Bednar saw them, he and his wife came down off the stand and greeted them. I was reflecting tonight about the blessings I have already enjoyed by deciding to serve a mission. I know we always talk of the growth and changes in the young missionaries, but that is, also, a blessing for Senior Missionaries!