We were blessed with a visit from Elder Waddell. We picked him up Tuesday night, Sept 9. One of my favorite parts of the experience was sitting at the kitchen table and just talking with him. He said one main purpose of his trip was to check on and help us. We felt loved and strengthened and lifted. (This calling is a challenge!) We flew with him to Sucre for a 5 hour mission zone conference and a stake training meeting that evening, then back here for another zone conferene and multi stake meeting. The third day (Friday) we held the last zone meeting and sent him to La Paz to reorganize a stake. We were exhausted after all the training and conferences, and worried about him. He told us that as soon as the conferences are over exhaustion hits, but when it is time to serve again he is lifted and able to do what the Lord needs of him. What a great man. I loved how every zone conference was slightly different. One of them he really came down on obedience, another he spent a bit more time telling the missionaries that they were called to this mission because of the mission president! (well, that is a little humbling!) the third conference was a bit more doctrinal. It was so interesting how he adapted to the spirit/mood in each meeting and what the missionaries needed and were ready for. Here are a few photos of our 264 missionaries.