President Hill and I were delighted to meet Elder Harris as he arrived in the Bucuresti airport with his MTC group. He seemed very happy to finally be in the mission field after his weeks in the MTC. He was surprisingly awake after his long flights. President Hill and I had an enjoyable interview where we learned more about this great young man. It is evident that he is sincere in his desire to serve. Thank you very much for sending him to us. We were impressed by his determination to be a great missionary.
The next day, we went to Cismigiu Park where, in 1990, Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the land of Romania for teaching the gospel. We sang hymns and snapped pictures of ourselves with Elder Harris. I'm attaching the picture for you to see.
Then, all the incoming missionaries came to lunch at the mission home, where they tried their first Hungarian Romanian goulash. After that, they worked hard to stay awake through our orientation meeting and then met their first companions. Elder Harris is now with his initial companion, Elder Lex, in the town of Craiova. Elder Lex, a native Austrian, speaks excellent English, is a diligent missionary and will give him an excellent start.