Sorry it took so long for me to write to you guys. Here is what has happened since the last email.
Last Saturday night (the 19th of April) at 10 pm, I got a call from the Assistants to the President of the Mission. They called me and told me that I had been chosen as one of the new financial secretaries and that I needed to pack my things as soon as possible. They wanted me to arrive Sunday night to receive some training and to help a little with the normal "Transfers" that would be coming the following Wednesday.
I packed that night because we had church the next day and I wanted to say goodbyes to a few people. I finished packing completely and was able to say goodbye the next day. Then, later Sunday, we got another call saying that my companion was also going to be leaving the area, to go to another area as a zone leader; that´s when things got complicated. Elder Aguilera had about 3 hours to pack everything while I prepared the area book and our records for the next missionaries that were going to come.
|This is who Ben is replacing:|
From São Paulo Brasil
We (the financiers) are in charge of managing:
- Rent of all 88 apartments in the mission
- Buying and preparing for apartments to be sold
- Coordinating contracts with the landlords
- Water bills, light bills & phone bills
- Missionary Debit Cards/Monthly Allowance
- Reimbursement of bus tickets used for proselyting activities
- Managing the mission related finances of the President, his Spouse, and Senior Missionaries.
- Paying for transportation related expenses during transfers and conferences
- Catering/Buying Food for conferences
- Paying other random things such as Airline baggage and the furnishing of houses
It's really fun! There is always something super crazy we need to do...always something pressing. I am really enjoying it. The missionaries in the offices are normally here for 4 changes so I should be here for a while (up to 6 months).
It´s was so fun to hear so much news from back home. Congrats to Trent and Rob! They´ll do great. There are several YM in our Ward who have either gotten their mission calls or are submitting their papers. Rob leaves for his mission the beginning of May and Trent will be going in August or September. We currently have 9 missionaries serving from our ward with several more leaving before any come home. I think we will have at least 11 out by the end of the summer. The wall in the entry way with all of the plaques is quite impressive. I think they will be adding another row for the missionaries who will be leaving this summer.
My Pdays from now on will be Saturdays, if nothing goes crazy again. I love you guys so much, I miss you but I´m super happy to be here doing what I´m doing.
|This is Familia De Maria--we did not get any explanation from Ben, but I think this is the same family that has Mateo (8 or 9 years old) and Edgardo,the young man who just had a birthday from Ben's previous letter.|