Here are these Amazing Missionaries!! And here are our Senior Couples, who are equally Amazing:Then lunch was served! The Quincy Relief Society is so good to us! They served delicious chicken salad sandwiches, lots of great salads and fruit and brownies and a beautiful cake.The balloons were to celebrate our WYM 3rd Birthday!Sister Reynolds made these very fun aprons and all the missionaries signed them for us!Line waiters:Happy happy missionaries:And happy eaters!Singing our thanks to the Lunch Ladies!Arizona high school friends:Birthdays!Then back to work!Here’s how the afternoon unfolded:Regulating the Mission:Here are the kinds of things needing regulating:Introducing the Jackmans!Then Elder Nicoll and Elder Hamblin taught about key indicator accuracy in the area book planner app.And then we had our break out sessions, each zone met in a different room and the Zone Leaders led their own trainings/discussions.
Wenatchee Zone:Ephrata Zone:
Moses Lake Zone:
Othello Zone:Then it was time to come together again. We started with a standing ovation for our Senior Couples and Mission Presidency and their wives, followed by their final testimonies. They are all released when we go, but will be available to help until Pres Jackman calls new counselors. They have all served with us these 3 years and we love them.Pres and Sis Smith:Pres and Sis Reynolds:Pres and Sis Garner:Then we heard departing testimonies from Elder Anderson, Elder Bonny, Elder Johnson and then me. Wow. This is not easy.Pres Lewis concluded with his parting testimony and final remarks. Before these last testimonies, Pres Lewis surprised the missionaries with a special musical number. He has a beautiful voice and today he sang to his missionaries, “Let The Lord’s Arm Rest Upon Your Shoulder.”
We ended the meeting by singing “Press Forward, Saints” gathered around the piano.After the meeting, area maps were given out and everyone got the latest newsletter.During the next hour, we hugged and loved every single missionary. Elder Pinhey was kind enough to take the camera and capture those tender moments. When I get the photos from him, I’ll post them. It was a teary sweet tender time. Oh how we love these missionaries. We are trying to hold ourselves together, but it’s not working so well.
The last to leave:
ALL of the photos taken today will be posted in an album on Facebook.