Hopefully you've heard from your missionary today. I knew it had been six weeks since the last transfer, so I was expecting a delay. My son (Elder Chal Petersen) remained in Bellevue with his current companion - Elder Rasmussen. He mentioned a few things in his email today that I wish I had known before. Thought I'd share it in case you were a little confused like I was.
Transfer Day Info:
Transfers are usually every six weeks. So - that would mean the next one will be around March 8th (?)
The Assistants to the President send out a voicemail to all the Zone Leaders just before the upcoming transfer - either Saturday or Sunday night - letting them know who is being transferred.
Those being transferred are then notified by the Zone Leaders, and they attend a transfer meeting where they find out where they are going and who their new companions are.
Preparation Day - which is usually on Mondays - changes to Tuesday (or whatever day Transfer Day is) for the entire mission.
When a transfer happens, they usually change up who is in each District so they can meet more of the missionaries serving in the mission.
There are usually four companionships in a District, and then 3 or 4 Districts in each Zone.
Bellevue Area Info:
Last Saturday all the missionaries in the Bellevue area (and maybe even other areas also - he didn't say) had a special meeting with four visiting members of the Seventy - Elders Clayton, Keerin, Merrill, and Bussy. They made sure they met each missionary individually, shook hands with each one, and then opened the meeting up for questions. He said that was a pretty amazing meeting.
He also mentioned that the Stake Presidency has all the missionaries serving within the stake boundaries over for breakfast to one of their homes monthly. He describes the Stake Presidency as "awesome" - I'm sure the same adjective describes every Stake Presidency serving in the Seattle Mission.
Wish I had pictures :( but if I keep sending reminders, maybe a miracle will occur and I'll have some to post soon. Hope you have all heard from your missionaries and that all is well wherever they are serving in Washington.
Washington Seattle Mission
I have put together a blog for the moms (families) of lds missionaries serving in the Washington Seattle Mission. I want to invite you all to visit this blog often. Please feel free to post pictures, updates and fun information about your missionaries or the area they are serving in . We can use this as an addition to the email list and really get a closeness with the families of all of the missionaries serving in Seattle. I would love to have any suggestions you may have to increase the effectiveness and usability of this site. Thanks all..