Days for Girls in Yakima! 250 More Kits Completed!

IMG_7751This morning I loaded up the car and headed to our Days for Girls Event here in Yakima at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.   The ladies there are kind to host and help us.  We had a fantastic day.  50-60 ladies from the community came to help.  We sewed and cut and serged and ironed from 10:00 until 3:00 p.m. and by the end we’d assembled 250 more finished kits.  Last week 1000 kits from Yakima were loaded into a container in Salt Lake, headed for Zimbabwe.  This is a good thing.  A very good thing.IMG_7752

Here’s a look at our day:IMG_7773Our missionaries get to do up to 10 hours of community or spontaneous service every week.  I love it when they come help us.2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (30)IMG_77612018-2-17 DfG Yakima (36)IMG_77712018-2-17 DfG Yakima (11)IMG_77622018-2-17 DfG Yakima (33)IMG_7765IMG_7768IMG_77802018-2-17 DfG Yakima (23)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (28)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (34)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (35)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (37)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (38)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (48)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (51)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (45)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (53)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (55)2018-2-17 DfG Yakima (54)

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Glorified Fruit Sherbet

Glorified Fruit Sherbet
Soften a carton (or two) of pineapple sherbet until you can fold in your favorite fruits.  My favorites are cut strawberries or raspberries, bananas, pineapple tidbits, and/or blueberries.  You can also add chopped pecans or coconut if you like.  Refreeze.  Soften slightly before serving.  It’s perfect with angel food cake.  It’s also good served in a parfait glass with 7-Up or Sprite poured over it.

This sherbet is easy to make ahead and it can keep a long time in the freezer.

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A Training Meeting

2018-2-13 zz Arrival Photos (74)This afternoon we met with these fabulous mission couples and the APs for a special webcast training from the MTC and the Missionary Department.   There are so many good things happening here.  We’re grateful for all who help move this mission forward!2018-2-15 McKeens (2)2018-2-13 zz Arrival Photos (87)

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Sister Training Leader Specialized Training

2018-2-15 STL Special Training (1)We had a very special training today here at the Mission Home.  Our 8 Sister Training Leaders came for a morning of instruction and discussion.  These Sisters are an integral part of our mission and we love them.

Sister Training Leaders became a part of world-wide mission leadership in 2013, when the Missionary Department announced this addition to missionary organizations.

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2018-2-15 STL Special Training (4)It’s hard to imagine a mission functioning without these Sister Leaders.  2018-2-15 STL Special Training (2)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (3)I don’t think Pres Lewis would mind if I shared his notes, to give you a feel of the kind of work these Sisters do, and the incredible help they are to the missionaries they serve with. 2018-2-15 STL Special Training (10)2018-2-15 STL Docs (3)2018-2-15 STL Docs (5)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (7)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (8)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (11)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (12)We met from 10:00 until 12:30, then served a delicious ladies luncheon:  Steak salad, hot artisan bread, pink lemonade, and angel food cake with fruited sherbet for dessert.  It was delicious.

The Steak Salad recipe is here:

https://yakimamission.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/favorite-luncheon-food-steak-salad-angel-food-cake/

2018-2-15 STL Special Training (13)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (14)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (15)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (16)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (17)Elder Call:  Special Delivery!!  He goes above and beyond.2018-2-15 STL Special Training (18)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (19)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (20)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (21)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (22)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (23)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (24)For dessert we served angel food cake with my favorite sherbet.  Here’s how you make it:

Glorified Fruit Sherbet
Soften a carton of pineapple sherbet until you can fold in your favorite fruits.  My favorites are cut strawberries or raspberries, bananas, pineapple tidbits, and/or blueberries.  You can also add chopped pecans or coconut if you like.  Refreeze.  Soften slightly before serving.  It’s perfect with angel food cake.  It’s also good served in a parfait glass with 7-Up or Sprite poured over it.

2018-2-15 STL Special Training (26)It was a winner with these lovely ladies!2018-2-15 STL Special Training (27)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (30)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (31)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (33)Before leaving, I brought out my African gourd of bracelets from Mali.  My friends in the villages there make these bracelets to support their families.  I like to share them with the Sisters when they come.  It’s a Sister thing.2018-2-15 STL Special Training (35)2018-2-15 STL Special Training (37)

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The Yakima Transfer Site

2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (1)Here we all are at the Yakima Stake Center Transfer Site!  This is where the movement begins.  Transports have come here from the south and several will leave from here for the northern parts, filled with missionaries and their luggage.

Did you ever move one of your kids out, or send them off to college.  Think of that times about 50!  Luggage, bedding, cars, keys, stuff, and a bit of emotion all mixed together!  But as you can see, there is also a lot of happiness and excitement in the air today!2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (5)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (7)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (8)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (9)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (10)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (11)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (13)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (15)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (16)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (6)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (17)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (20)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (21)These are our Cache Valley Elders:2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (23)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (24)There is a bit of Valentine’s Love in the air today!2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (25)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (26)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (27)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (30)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (31)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (32)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (33)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (34)Meeting new companions!2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (35)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (37)And saying goodbye to friends:2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (38)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (40)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (41)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (42)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (43)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (44)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (45)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (46)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (48)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (49)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (51)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (53)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (56)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (59)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (60)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (61)Introducing the new missionaries 2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (63)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (64)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (65)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (67)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (68)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (69)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (71)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (73)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (76)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (78)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (80)Tagged and ready to go!2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (87)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (88)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (90)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (92)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (94)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (95)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (96)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (98)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (101)How much stuff are we allowed to take??2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (105)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (108)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (110)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (113)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (117)Loaded and ready to roll!2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (120)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (121)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (123)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (125)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (126)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (127)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (132)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (133)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (134)2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (135)The Calls sent this photo from their return trip from up north:2018-2-14 Transfer Site Yakima (250)

All of the photos taken today will be posted in an album on our FB page.

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The Transfer Board REVEAL!

2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (43)OK, it’s Christmas morning and we’re ready to open the presents!  That’s what it feels like, anyway!  When everyone was gathered, Pres Lewis opened the Transfer Board and everyone got to find their picture, revealing their new companion and where they’ll be serving.  It’s pretty fun to watch and hear the squeals of excitement!2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (45)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (48)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (50)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (51)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (46)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (47)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (52)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (53)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (54)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (55)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (57)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (58)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (59)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (61)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (62)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (63)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (64)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (65)These are some very excited missionaries, ready to go join the fun here in the WYM!2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (67)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (68)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (69)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (70)We headed next to the Yakima Stake Center, which is the transfer site for the southern part of the mission.  This morning missionaries from The Dalles traveled here, and from here missionaries will head north to other transfer sites.  We have a grand plan that moves everyone in the most efficient way.2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (71)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (73)And off we went!

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New Missionary Orientation

2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (26)We spent the morning walking through all sorts of information with these new missionaries.  Pres Lewis talked about policies and procedures, technology agreements, daily schedules, our purpose, among other important things.  I talk to them about the Adjusting to Missionary Life manual, gaining member trust, dress and hygiene, food and eating, and that sort of thing.  It’s fun.2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (25)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (27)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (28)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (31)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (32)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (36)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (37)The APs, always taking care of business.2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (39)Then everyone packed a sack lunch to take with them on their way to their new areas.2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (40)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (41)2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (42)While we met, the APs tagged and loaded all the luggage for transport to the Yakima Stake Center Transfer Site.2018-2-14 Breakfast, Orientation (38)When everyone was ready, we gathered in the office for the REVEAL!

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