Departing Group Begins Departing

IMG_0978At about 4:00 this afternoon, our 10 departing Sisters began to arrive at the Mission Home. They were brought by members from corners of our mission, far and near.  The members here are so good to the missionaries.  They love helping and spending time with them.  And we are so grateful to them for their kindness and love.IMG_0981IMG_0982IMG_0983IMG_0984IMG_0985As Sisters arrived, we weighed each suitcase and packed and re-packed to keep everything under the 50 lb limit.  Imagine fitting your entire life into 100 lbs plus a carry on!  IMG_0988IMG_0989IMG_0990IMG_0991IMG_0992IMG_0993More missionaries and more farewells.  Love from former companions:IMG_0995IMG_0996IMG_0997IMG_0998IMG_0999IMG_1001Transfer journals are a big deal.  Everyone collects comments and love from fellow missionaries in these journals.IMG_1002IMG_1004IMG_1005Hand-pressed apple juice (8 lbs) made its way into a couple of these suitcases!IMG_1006IMG_1007IMG_1010IMG_1011IMG_1012IMG_1013IMG_1015African bracelets–a token to remember our sisterhood.IMG_1018IMG_1019IMG_1020IMG_1021More arriving and loving:IMG_1022IMG_1023IMG_1024IMG_1025Reunited with members from early in the mission:IMG_1026
“These are my daughters!”IMG_1027IMG_1029IMG_1030IMG_1031IMG_1032IMG_1033IMG_1035Companions:  Tearful farewells.IMG_1038IMG_1039IMG_1040The APs arrive:IMG_1041IMG_1042IMG_1043Signing Transfer Journals:IMG_1045IMG_1046IMG_1047IMG_1051There was a good deal of love and of tears flowing in the Mission Home this afternoon while Pres Lewis finished interviewing the last 3 Sisters.  These two wore these polka dot skirts on the first day they arrived in the mission 18 months ago.  To celebrate their completed missions, they wore them again today.

How can we bear to lose 10 fabulous Sisters like these??  Tomorrow will be hard.

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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