Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2-25-15 New Arrivals!

Our Taiwan missionaries are finally here! Eighteen beautiful elders and sisters for each mission!
Our Taiwan Taichung missionaries:
Bus ride home: sharing introductions and mission expectations.
 President inspiring them with the expectation to BAPTIZE!
 After a good night's rest, down to the track for a timed mile run. Stretching first, led by the APs:
 Joined by our zone leaders and office elders:

Leading the pack:
This speedy sister kept up with the elders:
 Keeping the pace:
 Finishing up with Buddha claps:
Traditional Taiwanese breakfast afterwards with local fruit in the mission home:

 Morning orientation: introducing the missionaries to our family, 
followed by office operations and finance introductions.
 Break for lunch back at the mission home:
Caesar, Thai, and Mexican wraps from BeMo's!

 After the lunch break, one of our new sisters met a zone leader who used to be in her same ward in China! 
His younger sister was her best friend:) Such a small world!
Afternoon training included Sis. Blickenstaff's Health and Safety as well as Taiwanese Culture and  Contacting by the APs:
Practicing in Chinese:

After practicing, our new missionaries got to contact on the streets walking to dinner!

Wow, these missionaries are fearless duck brain takers!

 And almost as as many taking on the fish eye challenge:

 President sharing the inspiring story of missionary Dan Jones:
 After one evening of contacting, our new missionaries overcame a lot of fears…
 shared their successes:
Up and early the next morning for P90X: 
Ab Ripper X V-up Roll-ups:
 Great form sisters!
 Oblique Roll-ups led by the APs:
 Not bad, elders:
 Bring it on, sisters!
 Fifer scissors:
After a morning of Preach My Gospel instruction, they finally got to meet their trainers,
find out their first area, and have lunch together!

This elder training a new missionary found out one of the new sisters is his home ward bishop's daughter! 
Our newest missionaries and their trainers:


  1. Thank you for taking the time to post. We are so excited our son is finally in Taiwan and will have the opportunity to serve with you and President Blickenstaff.

  2. WE are the lucky ones, to serve your sons and daughters!!!

  3. The Steele's are likewise very happy to see Elder Steele in Taiwan. He has anxiously and patiently served in California while we all prayed and fasted for the visas to issue and for this day to arrive. We will anxiously watch the blog for more pictures and encourage Elder Steele to not stand behind tall missionaries! Thanks to President and Sister Blickenstaff for their sacrifices and efforts to serve our missionaries.

  4. So happy Sister Allen arrived safe and sound! She looks so happy! The journey has begun! Prayers going out to all of the new missionaries!

  5. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. It is wonderful that they have all made it.
    Sister Allen was lucky to serve in your sons ward while she served in Anaheim, one of her favorite dinner appointments was with your son and his sweet wife.
    Thank you very much for keeping this blog, it is a real blessing for the families. It is great to see all the pictures and to be able to read President Blickenstaffs letters.
    I am so grateful for all of the prayers and fasting that were offered in behalf of these missionaries.
    Thank you President and Sister Blickenstaff for your love and service, many lives are being blessed because of the 2 of you.

  6. Please continue to fast and pray for my mother and our January transfer missionaries that still have not received their visas! We need them so they can all begin their service in Taiwan!

  7. Wow! What a treat to see this incredible blog. Sister Nemrow had three older brothers serve missions and we've never seen a blog this great. Thank you! Thank you! The timing has been amazing. It was exactly 30 years ago this month that her father arrived as a missionary in the Taichung Mission.

  8. We are so appreciative of this blog! It is wonderful to see these photos of Elder Quist. Thank you so much for taking the time to post and share with all of us. We are grateful our son will have the blessing of serving with you and your husband.