Elder W. Christopher Waddell came to our mission last week from Lima where he is serving in the Area presidency.
Such visits can of course can cause some degree of tension for the mission president himself, who naturally beforehand can see every fault of himself and the mission.
However, as is typical of such men, Elder Waddell was kind and considerate, though very clear. His instruction was inspired, right on the money for what we need to do. Those who were fortunate enough to be interviewed individually spoke warmly of the experience.
Because of the limited time we had, the size of the Mission and the number of meetings, early morning starts were typical, as were late evenings.
Elder Waddell spoke with all the missionaries in three large meetings, in Huanuco, Huancayo and La Merced in the jungle. (Note: the tall fellow - 6'5"- to my right is him.)
Elder Waddell's wife, who became friends with Paula during a 3-hour immigration processing wait in Lima, slipped her an e-mail telling us that Sunday would be his birthday.
Our office Elders where all over it, having a maracuya/tres leches cake made especially for him.
Paula enthusiastically thanked him for his help in her obtaining a real oven! instead of the E-Z Bake that had originally been spec'd. By the way, she's not that short.
In all, it was truly an inspiring visit, one which made me thankful once again for good, kind and straightforward leaders in the Church.
We hope that your visits from General Authorities also turn out to be not scary.
Dave & Paula