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:Missionaries are dropped off at the Mission Home.It’s feeling like Independence day. Check out all the red, white and blue!Elder Woodward’s shoes are worn out and tired after 2 years of faithful service.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.The missionaries also signed each other’s transfer journals.As the afternoon went on, more missionaries came.Farewells were touching.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.Elder Johnson (aka Captain Moroni) has served in Yakima Valley for 9 months. His companions were sad to see him go.Luggage gathered in the garage. Each piece had to be under 50 lbs.In the meantime, Sis Williams was helping to prepare dinner.We measured and marked each departing missionary on the Mission Wall in the garage.Then a proper 4th of July BBQ dinner! YUM.