Yakima 2nd Ward’s 60th Birthday Party!

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!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (1)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (2)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (3)The menu was really fun–50’s foods featuring burgers, hot dogs and even green Jell-o!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (5)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (11)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (6)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (7)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (8)Bishop Button and his beautiful daughter:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (9)Former Bishop Christensen:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (10)Then we had a fantastic program:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (12)At the end, they showed the top 10 highlights of the Yakima 2nd Ward’s History:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (13)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (14)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (15)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (16)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (17)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (18)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (19)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (20)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (21)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:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (22)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (23)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (24)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (25)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (26)Jim Tree was our Master of Ceremonies:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (27)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.2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (28)Sister Paige Trump Barbour was visiting with her family, and she represented the Returned Missionaries who have served here:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (30)Beth Kecskes said a few words, as a new member, baptized in 2016, here in the Yakima 2nd Ward:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (31)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.2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (32)It was a sweet and tearful time with all of these friends.  Oh, how we’ll miss them!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (33)

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!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (34)Elder Smith and Elder Van Dyck:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (35)Sister Trump:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (36)Sister Trump’s family from Salt Lake City:2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (39)And then we all got ready for a group photo, which was like organizing missionaries at a zone conference for the group picture!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (40)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (41)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (42)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (43)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (45)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (46)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (47)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (48)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (49)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (50)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (51)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (52)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (53)I’m sure someone important will post the final product!2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (54)Then desserts and visiting and music and dancing for the young at heart.2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (55)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (56)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (57)2018-6-15 Yak 2nd Ward Party (59)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.

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It’s stacking up!

2018-6-15 DfG (4)When I have spare moments, I wash, dry and fold fabric.  I don’t have time to cut anymore, but have handed my electric cutter off to my friend, Barbara O’Brien, who is a member of the local quilt group who meets at the Harman Center.   I met her when we had our first Days for Girls event there.  She has been helping us ever since.  She will take over the cutting job and help keep the fabric moving after I go.2018-6-15 DfG (2)The boxes are all filled with cut strips ready to sew.2018-6-15 DfG (3)And the piles will be cut into the strips as the ladies here need them.  Tomorrow is my last Days for Girls Event here.  In July all of the ladies will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary of Days for Girls in Yakima!  I am thrilled to be a part of this humanitarian effort.  I love the good happening here and all of the friends I’ve made.  I will miss every part of this work.  I look forward to stepping back into more of the same when I return home.2018-6-15 DfG (5)

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Interviews with the Assistants

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 Ward2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (10)Elder 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.

2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (11)2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (12)We love these two Elders like our own sons.2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (14)

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Transfer Planning, Day 3

2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (1)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.2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (2)Lunch break:  Brats, potatoes, asparagus, cucumber & tomato salad, cantaloupe and pie!2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (3)Well, taught Elders doing the dishes!2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (4)Back to the office again:2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (5)2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (6)2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (8)2018-6-15 Transfer Planning Day 3 (9)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!

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A Visit from Elder Riley Painter and his Family

2018-6-14 Visit from Painter Family (1)This evening our dear Elder Riley Painter came to visit with his family.  The Calls also dropped by to say good bye–they are on their way to Oklahoma to visit family there.  We all had a great visit.  This is one big happy mission family!2018-6-14 Visit from Painter Family (5)2018-6-14 Visit from Painter Family (6)2018-6-14 Visit from Painter Family (8)

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Transfer Planning Continues, Day 2

2018-6-14 Transfer planning (1)This morning we continued working on transfers.  It’s a long and thoughtful process.  By  lunch time, we were ready for a break.2018-6-14 Transfer planning (2)After lunch, I enjoyed watching Elder Veropalumbo and Elder Anderson send one of their friends a quick video chat.  They are encouraging him to be strong and of good courage!2018-6-14 Transfer planning (3)2018-6-14 Transfer planning (4)2018-6-14 Transfer planning (5)This new technology is so fun, and allows us to teach and share from where ever we may be.  These are such good Elders!2018-6-14 Transfer planning (6)Back at it:2018-6-14 Transfer planning (8)2018-6-14 Transfer planning (9)The electronic transfer board:2018-6-14 Transfer planning (13)2018-6-14 Transfer planning (15)We worked until dinner time, then the Elders had to go.2018-6-14 Transfer planning (17)We’ll continue tonight, and then again in the morning.  We don’t stop until it’s all as it should be, everyone in their place.2018-6-14 Transfer planning (18)

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Dinner with Toni and Arnold McBean

2018-6-13 z McBeans for Dinner (2)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.

2018-6-13 z McBeans for Dinner (1)2018-6-13 z McBeans for Dinner (3)2018-6-13 z McBeans for Dinner (6) 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.2018-6-13 z McBeans for Dinner (7)

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