July 19, 2017
This morning we presented our principles from the Resiliency lessons. Everyone did a really good job. You can tell that the senior missionaries have a lifetime of experience. The couples worked well handing off to each other. We have been having some technology problems. Monday night, the MTC upgraded their software. We had problems with the sites that the Military Relations Missionaries needed for their presentations because the security is so tight for the young missionaries. We were able to download the videos we needed to present our principles the night before in our rooms.
Sister Sparrow asked Sister Fanning to give a presentation on the Addiction Recovery Program since we had been group leaders on our last mission. Sister Fanning shared for about 10 minutes and bore her testimony of the effectiveness of the program and how we saw it change lives.
We talked about when and where to wear our name tags on the military bases. We discussed the opportunities for service on the base. It was suggested that we always ask the chaplains first if they need our assistance. We practiced introducing ourselves to a chaplain in 30 seconds – including our experience and talents in the introduction. Sister Jensen (from Military Relations) said she spent her service crocheting and knitting baby blankets for the new baby kits for first-time mothers on the base where they served. She made 67 baby blankets while serving.
We spent the afternoon on our computers. We went to the Church Directory of Organizations and Leaders to see how we can look up other Military Relations Missionaries and Stake and Ward leaders. We learned how to prepare the reports that are submitted to the Military Relations Department every month. We prepared a test report and submitted it to make sure we knew how. The reports have been simplified and combined since we served our last mission. It was suggested that we send a copy of the report to our Mission President and home Bishop.
We decided to do some laundry tonight since we have to pack tomorrow night. We were the only ones in the missionary laundry. It was quiet, and we did some reading while we waited for the laundry to finish.
We got back to our room about 8:00. We put the laundry away and went to bed early.
Elder and Sister Gentry going to Camp Humphrey, Korea
Elder and Sister Ryan going to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii