Look Who Just Arrived!
Here is our new group of missionaries who arrived on January 27, 2010. They are standing atop Pratt's Hill in Edinburgh. Each new missionary is accompanied by their trainer. For privacy reasons, I can't list the names, but look to see if there is anybody there that you know.
We hike our missionaries up this hill on the day they arrive in Scotland where we provide them with an opportunity to take a few minutes and go off alone and explain the desires of their hearts to their Heavenly Father. After a song and prayer, we hike them down to a big hot lunch and an afternoon of training.
The practice of hiking the hill is repeated on a missionary's last day in Scotland. This time he/she hikes the hill and "returns and reports" to the Lord the progress that he/she has made towards their personal goals. It is a wonderful tradition and something that the missionaries really look forward to.