Final Evening in the Mission Home

Everyone spent some time filling out their departure questionnaires about their mission experiences, then we marked the Wall of Honor in the garage:2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (96)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (102)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (94)

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2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (95)Then the Yakima Valley STLs came to pick up Hna Hurst to take her home with them for the rest of the evening so she could get some rest after a long day of travel.  Here are a few more hellos and good byes from these good Hermanas:2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (97)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (98)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (99)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (100)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (104)And a sampling of what little was left of the fabulous apple cake with cream sauce:2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (105)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (106)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (107)Before our final testimony meeting, we took our departing group shot.  What amazing Sisters!2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (108)

Of course the Elders needed photos too:

We gathered together after that for our final testimony meeting with this group.  It was a sweet time.  Each shared an experience from their mission that strengthened their testimony.  These are such wonderful Sisters and they have done wonderful things here.  I wish you all could listen in on evenings like this one.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (124)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (125)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (126)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (127)After we finished, Pres Lewis gave out the departure packets and gifts.  The Sisters get a mission pin and pendant with our logo, along with a CD with all of their letters to the President, the Newsletters and maps of all of their areas.  They also get a history of their companions and areas, their Christmas tree ornament, Mission logos and a letter from us.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (129)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (130)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (131)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (132)Flight plans and boarding passes are also there.  We reviewed the plan for tomorrow, then we were finished with the business.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (133)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (134)We topped off the evening with a rousing game of Rhythm Sticks.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (136)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (138)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (140)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (143)Sister Averett and Elder Taele were the last two standing:2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (146)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (148)Then farewell to the Elders, and to bed.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (157)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (158)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (159)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (160)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (161)2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (162)The make up comes off, the PJs come on, but the missionary spirit never dies.  Love to you all, and sleep tight.2017-3-13 zDeparting Group Evening (163)

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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