My parents left the beginning of February to serve an 18 month LDS mission to Nashville, Tennessee. They are sooo busy, this is only the second letter that I have received from them so far. And it sounds like I am lucky to get it! I am glad that my parents are youthful enough - at 70 years old - to keep up with it all!
If any of you former missionaries ever wonder what those Senior missionary couples do in the office while on their missions, well, wonder no more!
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There is never a dull moment here. When we get to our apartment at night we are dead tired, we eat and go to bed.
We change 2-3 apartments a month and so I find the new apartment and close the old ones. I keep track of the money and supplies and make sure that 140 missionaries have their proper allowances and luggage fees. I pay rent and utilities on 55 apartments and reconcile credit card purchases on office supplies. There are also maintenance issues for the apartments, furniture and appliances to co-ordinate. I also help forward all the mail that comes to the missionaries through the office and fill in for Elder Merritt when I can. Needless to say there is very little down time. We aren’t complaining. We love being busy and still we don’t do as much as President & Sister Hutchings. They never have a day off. At least we can go to the apartment get some sleep. They survive on 4-5 hours a night because he is always on the phone with missionaries or there are medical issues that she is dealing with. He uses 5,000 minutes a month on his phone and I hear hers is more.
All in all we are busy and happy to be serving the Lord. We did get a chance to teach the gospel essentials class this week and we have been able to go on teaching appointments. We want to do more of that and probably will when we get a better handle on the office responsibilities.
Give our love to all. We would love to hear from y’all.
Love Elder and Sister Merritt
PS We love Tennessee!
I wonder - are they going to come home with a Southern accent? My guess is Yes!
And if you want to read their first letter, go here.