Christmas Gathering for our Northern Zones in Quincy

2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-183Today Christmas celebrations began.  We went north to Quincy, to the Yeates’ home, for our gathering there.  It was a perfect day.  We had about 85 missionaries, many of our mission couples, and loads of love all fit into this lovely home!2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1842016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1792016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1802016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1822016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1365By 10:00 the missionaries had arrived from all the northern parts of the mission.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-62016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-72016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-82016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-10Elder and Sister Garner from Mattawa came.  He is President Lewis’s 1st Counselor.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-112016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-122016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-14This is such a lovely home to gather in.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-292016-12-6 CMS Gathering Quincy (28).JPG2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-152016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-162016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-17Friends are reunited.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-212016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-22Relief Society Sisters helped to prepare a feast:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-232016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-25Lots of mingling going on here.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-262016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-312016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-322016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-332016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-352016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-372016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-38We set up a slide show of 900 photos from 2016 playing in 3 different rooms for everyone to watch while the food was prepared.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-852016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-392016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-412016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-452016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-472016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-482016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-492016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-502016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-512016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-52Musicians arriving!  Every Zone came prepared to perform a musical number and to share a spiritual thought.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-542016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-552016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-56Members and investigators like these good folks brought our missionaries:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-57Meet the Yeates family, our hosts!2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-61Today’s menu:  Stuffed pork roasts, baked potatoes, fruit, veggies, pickles and olives, rolls with butter and jam, and lots of pies of every variety.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-622016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-632016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-642016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-682016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-692016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-702016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-712016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-732016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-772016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-792016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-822016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-832016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-91Group photo before lunch:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-93Then a few instructions:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1072016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1092016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1142016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-120And a gift basket for the Yeates:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-122And then the feast!2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1232016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1262016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1312016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1332016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1342016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1352016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1392016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1462016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1472016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1522016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1542016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1562016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1572016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1582016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1602016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1642016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1672016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1682016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1692016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1732016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1752016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1762016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1772016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1862016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1872016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-188After lunch, we cleaned up and brought the chairs in for our program.  2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1912016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1932016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1942016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1952016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-1962016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2002016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2022016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-205The program was Fantastic. The thoughts and scriptures and music were fabulous.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2132016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2162016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2282016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2332016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2442016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2472016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2492016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-254There are WAY MORE PHOTOS that will be posted in an album on our WYM Facebook page.  After the program, we put on a wonderful movie and let them all relax and enjoy.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-259That’s when we went back to work in the garage, setting up Christmas!  All the packages that have arrived so far were organized by zones and by individuals.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-260We put the finishing touches on the gift bags.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2612016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-263At the end of the movie a few last instructions were given, then everyone headed to the garage for their gifts!2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2672016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2692016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2732016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2742016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-276Fresh pressed apple juice for each:2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-282Elder Nunez was especially excited to have a diaper box!2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2832016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2842016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2862016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2872016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2912016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2922016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2932016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2942016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2952016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2972016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-2982016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-3012016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-3032016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-3042016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-307It’s always so hard to say good bye and send them off.  We wouldn’t do it EXCEPT we know what they are going out into the world to do:  BLESS OTHERS.  We love these missionaries like Crazy.  We are family.  And we will be family for ever more.2016-12-6-cms-gathering-quincy-309Our love and appreciation to the Yeates family for their kindness to us and to these wonderful missionaries!

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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