"Not yet," said Elder Gladwell. "All we know for sure is that Elder Dietrich is going to be going on splits."
"Ah, maybe you and your new companion will get to go around with him," I said to Elder Beaverton. "Won't that be fun?"
"So we have an odd number this time?" asked Elder Beaverton. "What happened, one of the new arrivals have visa problems?"
"There aren't any new arrivals this time," said Elder Young.
"Really? Why?" I asked. For a long time now we'd been getting fewer and fewer arrivals from the MTC. So as people went home at the normal rate, the mission was dramatically shrinking. Elder Beaverton, despite being out for six months, was one of the greenest around (or rather bluest, in French terms)...
"Well, you didn't hear this from me," said Elder Young, "but the rumor that's going around is that they're thinking of eliminating the Bordeaux Mission and maybe merging it with the Marseille Mission."
The office elders always had all the good gossip!
"Well if no one is arriving, how can we have an odd number of missionaries?" asked Elder Beaverton. "I thought an even number were leaving."
"Nope," said Elder Gladwell. "Elder Cannon is being sent home early."
"What? Why?" I asked.
"Well of course they don't tell us directly," said Elder Young, "but it's got to be health-related. He was just hospitalized the other day."
"Really? What happened?" I asked.
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