This evening our Yakima 2nd Ward celebrated it’s 60th Birthday! We’ve been hearing rumblings about this party for a long time. We were excited to go. Sister Thayer and Sister Castle met us on our way in. We quickly learned that it was a 50’s party, and a very very fun one! Former ward members came from far and wide. We got to see so many dear friends. Our 4 Yakima 2nd Ward missionaries joined in. We had a such a fun evening!The menu was really fun–50’s foods featuring burgers, hot dogs and even green Jell-o!Bishop Button and his beautiful daughter:Former Bishop Christensen:Then we had a fantastic program:At the end, they showed the top 10 highlights of the Yakima 2nd Ward’s History:We seemed to get stuck on #9, as they showed lots of photos from the mission and our wonderful missionaries. Here are just a few:Jim Tree was our Master of Ceremonies:Pres Byers, from our Stake Presidency thanked us for our service and made us all cry. Then our Yak 2 Missionaries said a few words of love and thanks as we celebrated the birth of our WYM 3 years ago.Sister Paige Trump Barbour was visiting with her family, and she represented the Returned Missionaries who have served here:Beth Kecskes said a few words, as a new member, baptized in 2016, here in the Yakima 2nd Ward:Then Jim and Judy Thompson added their thanks and presented us with several lovely gifts from the members here. Oh, we love these dear friends.It was a sweet and tearful time with all of these friends. Oh, how we’ll miss them!
We also had 2 of our returned missionaries–Elder Steadman and Elder Colunga–drop by. They are here for a couple of weeks, taking a road trip. It was great to see them too!Elder Smith and Elder Van Dyck:Sister Trump:Sister Trump’s family from Salt Lake City:And then we all got ready for a group photo, which was like organizing missionaries at a zone conference for the group picture!I’m sure someone important will post the final product!Then desserts and visiting and music and dancing for the young at heart.It was a pretty perfect birthday party with dear friends. We love them. We love this ward. We love our missionaries. We love Yakima.
I lost a few more inches of the dog’s tail this evening, and shed quite a few tears. Thanks to all. We love you.
This afternoon Elder Anderson had his departing interview. We are all living in denial here. We’re acting like it’s “just another day in paradise.” But deep inside, we know it’s not. We will each come to the end of our time here, one day or another. This isn’t easy.
Elder Veropalumbo and Elder Nathan Anderson, Assistants to the President, serving in the Yakima 3rd WardElder Veropalumbo: I would like to be remembered as always positive and happy, as always full of faith in God and miracles, and for helping and motivating missionaries to reach their goals.
Elder Anderson: I’d like people to remember me as someone who believes in Jesus Christ, as someone who loved life and the people around me, and as a friend.
We love these two Elders like our own sons.
Today was Day 3 of Transfer Planning. And we have come to the end of the road. Now things must settle and sit while we stew on them through the evening. We had a great day, wrangling with who needs to be where. Eventually, all the pieces fell into place and it’s feeling pretty good. Now we’ll let it settle while we head to our ward birthday event.Lunch break: Brats, potatoes, asparagus, cucumber & tomato salad, cantaloupe and pie!Well, taught Elders doing the dishes!Back to the office again:By 5:00 we were at a stopping point and we knelt in prayer to ask, name by name, if we got it right. Tonight Pres Lewis will make any last little changes before the leadership calls go out in the morning. The rest of the missionaries will learn where they are going tomorrow evening. We used to record a phone call with all the news, now we can post it on our WYM Facebook page and they can see it all, zone by zone!
This evening we had dinner with our dear friends, Toni and Arnold McBean. These are two phenomenal people. Toni is the reason we have Days for Girls happening here in the mission. She came to Orem when they learned I was coming here 3 years ago so she could learn about this humanitarian effort. She never looked back. Now we have a wonderful smoothly running organization here in Yakima and also in other areas around us.
She and Arnold were also our first housing coordinators as we got this mission up and running. They helped us set up and furnish dozens of new apartments throughout the mission. Then they traveled around doing inspections as they cheered on the missionaries. They are Wonderful Friends.
We had a lovely evening and a delicious lasagna meal. Toni is one good cook! The meal was topped off by Toni’s famous lemon cream pie. You are seriously going to want this recipe:
Lemon Cream Pie
1 c. sugar with 3 T cornstarch
½ stick butter
1 T grated lemon zest
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 beaten egg yolks
1 c. milk
Mix together, cook until thickened.
Add 1 c. sour cream
Chill at least 2 hours.
Put into a baked crust.
Oil Pie Crust
1/3 c. oil
2 T cold water
Measure exactly, mix thoroughly
1 c. + 2 T flour
½ tsp salt
Add to mixture.
Roll out between wax paper and lay in pan.
Bake 425 for 12-15 min.
Look what came home with us!! I am SO HAPPY! She also gave us a walnut pie, one of our favorites. We are so grateful for these dear friends.