Christmas Gathering for our Southern Zones in Yakima

2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3Today we celebrated Christmas with the southern parts of our mission.  We met at the Tree’s home in Yakima, and we had a grand time!  It was another perfect day.  Come take a look at the fun we had!

The Tree’s have a new feature in their yard this year–a Christmas manger!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2Our last load of goods for the party.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1Setting up before the missionaries arrived:2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-7And here are our missionaries!                     2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-82016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-92016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-11Including the ugliest of sweaters!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-132016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-182016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-222016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-262016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-332016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-352016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-372016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-382016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-392016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-45Preparing for the Feast:2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-462016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-472016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-532016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-55Watching the Missionary Slideshow:2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-572016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-58Meet the Packard Family.  They prepared our food today.  More on them in the next post.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-642016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-692016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-702016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-742016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-762016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-792016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-822016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-83Dinner is served!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-932016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-952016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-982016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-992016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1012016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1162016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1182016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1202016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1212016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-139Sister Thompson was up before the crack of dawn baking delicious rolls!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1422016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1432016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1662016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-186Wow, we were well fed!  Ham, salad, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots and corn, rolls with pies and cheesecakes for dessert.  YUM.

After the meal, we prepared for the program, where each zone provided a special musical number and a Christmas thought.  Every single missionary participated.  It was fantastic.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1952016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1962016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-1992016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2022016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2052016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2092016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-212Here are a few photos of the performers.  All of the photos taken today are in an album on our facebook page.  Go take a look!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2242016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2292016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2562016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2572016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2582016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2642016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-266After the program, the Packards served hot chocolate or cider and popcorn as everyone settled in to watch the movie, Ephriam’s Rescue.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2742016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2782016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2802016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-281While they watched, we and the office staff went to work downstairs, preparing Christmas gifts and packages.  Each missionary received a gift bag filled with popcorn, hot chocolate, hand warmers, a card from the First Presidency, a USB stick drive with the WYM engraved on it, a pen and post-it notes from FamilySearch, homemade fudge, a bag of dried apples, a pint-sized bottle of pressed apple juice, a tangerine and some candies.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2822016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-283We also organized 100s of packages that have come in so far for these southern missionaries.  2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2842016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2852016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2872016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-290A few had to leave early to catch their rides.2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2962016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-2992016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3032016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3062016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-308After the movie finished, the missionaries came down to see the gift room.  It’s almost like Christmas morning!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3092016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3132016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-316We LOVE THESE MISSIONARIES!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3182016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3212016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3312016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3352016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3362016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3382016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3402016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3422016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3452016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3462016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3472016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3482016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3492016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3532016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3542016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3552016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3572016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3632016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3652016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-366Leaving this winter wonderland, with a stop at the manger.  Thanks to the Tree Family for hosting us and providing a perfect day!2016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-3672016-12-7-cms-gathering-yakima-368All of the photos taken today are posted in an album on our Washington Yakima Facebook page.

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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One Response to Christmas Gathering for our Southern Zones in Yakima

  1. Marilyn DeBry says:

    Thanks for taking care of our missionaries. Looks like a wonderful day. I love the Nativity!! THANKS!!

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