Newly arrived missionaries get their final administrative and safety briefings, yet all the while wonder about their new companions and what that ward or branch is going to be like in a place they've probably never heard of;
At 10:00, the seats reserved in the front two rows of the chapel begin to fill with nervous glances as the new missionaries file in.
President Hanks turns the meeting over to his assistants to present the most anticipated part of the day: who’s going where, with which new companions. As they read the names and show the pictures of each new companionship, warm and sometimes tearful embraces follow as missionaries leave the companions they’they've spent virtually every waking moment with – and sit down with their new companions.
Unseen by cameras , the great missionary work commences almost immediately upon arrival in the area - unpacking can wait for later. Right now, it’s no time to lay back and relax after a long day of travel and wholly new environments. It’s time to fulfill the mission motto of “Steadfast in Christ!”