Departure Dinner and Evening Fun

2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (29)We had a nice dinner this evening, with beef bourguignon served over egg noodles, steamed green beans, glazed carrots, a tossed green salad and angel food with fresh berries and cream for dessert.  YUM.2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (28)

2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (30)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (31)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (32)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (33)Then we took an after-dinner walk through this beautiful neighborhood, along Scenic Drive.  It was peaceful and beautiful out.  Elder King acted as tour guide, directing our attention to every post, plant, home and animal along the way.  He might have a future in tourism.2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (34)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (35)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (36)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (38)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (39)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (41)Once home again, we settled into a wonderful testimony meeting where each Sister shared an experience from her mission that changed her, and her testimony.  These are sweet times with dear friends.  There is always such a peaceful feeling of completion when we meet with parting groups.  We feel the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” flowing through each heart.  Being a missionary is hard.  These Sisters have completed something remarkable and hard and good.  They feel it now, coming to an end.  For this last evening, we all clung to this mission experience together. Tomorrow it all changes.2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (42)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (43)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (44)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (45)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (46)After the sweet testimonies, we taught the Sisters how to play our traditional departing game:  Rhythm Sticks.  As they caught on and picked up speed, Pres Lewis and I left for the airport to pick up our first arriving new missionary, Hna Burrup, coming from the Mexico MTC.2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (47)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (49)The APs took the rest of these photos for me of the final round and then marking the Wall of Honor in the garage.2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (55)2017-4-24 zDeparting Group (54)

We returned after midnight, in time to tuck these Sisters into bed on their last night in the WYM.  Some were in the shower and some were already in bed.  Sleep tight fair Sisters of the Washington Yakima Mission.

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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