Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sister HIll wrote us the following email:
Dear Brother and Sister Marcheschi,
President Hill and I were thrilled to meet Sister Marcheschi as she arrived in the Bucuresti airport with her MTC group. The whole group seemed very happy finally to be in the mission field after their weeks in the MTC. She was surprisingly awake after her long flights. President Hill had an enjoyable interview with her, where he learned more about this young woman, and I got to spend some time with her too. We were both pleased with the ease with which she fits in, and by her maturity. We were delighted to find out that, as we suspected, she’s the granddaughter of one of our favorite people, Leora. I’m sure you are very proud of her! Thank you very much for sending her to us.
That first day was long for them! After our interviews with each missionary, we all had a little chili at the mission home with her MTC group, during which we gave them some information about the mission. Then, in cool weather, we met at Cismigiu Park where, in 1990, Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the land of Romania for teaching the gospel. Together, we snapped a picture of SisterMarcheschi with President Hill and me. I’m attaching the picture for you to see. Then, she was whisked away to spend the night with the sister missionaries.
This morning, the incoming missionaries started a rather long process for obtaining their visas. When that is done, they will meet their first companions. Sister Marcheschi will travel by train with her first companion, Sister Newell, to Pitesti. Sister Newell is a competent, serious missionary who, we hope, will give her an excellent start. Pitesti has some special challenges right now, and I think these two missionaries will do well together to help this little branch and the other group that’s forming outside the city.
Thanks again for sending us such a wonderful young missionary. We could tell she will be a very good, faithful, hard-working missionary.
With much appreciation,