Monday, May 20, 2013

Elder Neil L. Andersen's Visit to Delhi

Elder and Sister Andersen and Elder and Sister Watson (Area President)
with the India missionaries. 
Sunday night, we in the India New Delhi Mission and the New Delhi District had a rare opportunity to hear from Elder Andersen and his wife.  They are touring the Asia Area (primarily Cambodia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Beijing, China), but they took time to come to India to meet some of the Saints and to visit the Taj Mahal, along with our Area President, Elder Watson and his wife.  This was Elder and Sister Andersen's first visit to India. 

We have a greater appreciation of what it takes to prepare for the visit from a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.  Itineraries, agendas, security checks, reservations, etc. which change multiple times and are not finalized until they are actually here.  But all the preparation was worth it.  Several members of the district were asked to film short vignettes with Elder Andersen in a simulated branch council meeting.  Then the missionaries had an intimate meeting with Elder Andersen on the stage of the auditorium we rented for the occasion.  That was followed by a meeting with district members.   Including the missionaries there were about 400 in attendance.  Everyone had an opportunity to meet him and shake hands at the end of the meeting.  It was a quick trip, but the members that attended (including us) will remember his visit for years to come. 

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