Departing Group 4 July 2016

2016-7-4 zDeparting Group (5)These fabulous fourteen missionaries left their areas of service today as they concluded their missions.  Companions, friends and members brought them to us at the Mission Home where we prepared for their departures tomorrow morning.  Their families are eagerly awaiting their return.  It was a joyful and sad day for all of us.  These missionaries have served with honor and have been stalwarts in our mission.  We will miss them dearly.

Here’s a look at our day:2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (1)Missionaries are dropped off at the Mission Home.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (4)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (16)It’s feeling like Independence day.  Check out all the red, white and blue!2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (24)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (26)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (27)Elder Woodward’s shoes  are worn out and tired after 2 years of faithful service.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (28)Each missionary completed one last form for us, with information about their experiences here and how they’ve changed.  We will treasure these reports with their final thoughts and feelings.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (30)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (82)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (83)The missionaries also signed each other’s transfer journals.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (86)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (87)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (88)As the afternoon went on, more missionaries came.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (33)Farewells were touching.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (35)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (37)Sister Call brought the departure packets with their flight information and several mementos from the mission.  Each gets a DVD with all of the letters they’ve written to Pres. Lewis, maps, logos, a pin, contact information (so they will keep in touch with us) and a few other interesting and helpful things.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (39)Elder Johnson (aka Captain Moroni) has served in Yakima Valley for 9 months.  His companions were sad to see him go.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (43)Luggage gathered in the garage.  Each piece had to be under 50 lbs.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (44)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (47)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (51)In the meantime, Sis Williams was helping to prepare dinner.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (55)We measured and marked each departing missionary on the Mission Wall in the garage.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (62)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (63)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (64)Then a proper 4th of July BBQ dinner!  YUM.2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (73)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (74)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (76)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (78)2016-7-4 zDeparating Group (79)

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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2 Responses to Departing Group 4 July 2016

  1. Sterling says:

    I’m Elder Dean Brinkerhoff’s uncle and filmed his return home. Thought you’d like to hear him one last time.

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