Sunday, September 27, 2015

Leaving the Riverside

August.  School may have started, but here in Riverside summer is a long way from saying goodbye; September is usually the hottest month of the year.  Nine missionaries said goodbye though and left the California Riverside Mission this month...

In addition to the young elders and sisters we bid goodbye to 
Elder and Sister Duvall.  Most elders and sisters have one mission and many companions.
The Duvalls have had the same companions (each other!) and many missions, 
four to be exact. 
Elder and Sister Duvall
Laramie Wyoming

Before the elders and sisters slipped away we had a chance to share that wonderful 
"last night" in the mission.  

Gathering to share memories, mark Pres. Mullen's scriptures and 
share their miracle stories.

President Mullen put on his short sleeved shirt to man the grill
and cook the flank steak for dinner then joined Sister Mullen in 
the kitchen to help serve the food.  (Yes.  That is his very own
Relief Society apron.)

Together in the living room just before testimony meeting.

 After testimony meeting  it was, of course, time for dessert.

Sisters Cultura, Olsen, Sterner and Miller.  Beautiful!

Time for selfies...

and a good laugh!

Connoisseurs? or They'll eat anything!

 Elder and Sister Just, our new senior missionaries, 
at Outgoing Dinner for the first time.

With all the stories shared it seemed there was always 
just one more great moment to remember.

Checking out the photos on Elder Puskas' iPad.  It's 
amazing it hasn't exploded from overuse or overloading.

Always brothers:  Elders Tui'one, Glausi, and Petersen along
with assistants to the president, Elders Dyer and Fisher.

The new second counselor in the mission presidency, 
President Grant and Sister Grant.  Also, Sister Pendleton, 
our mission nurse, and Sister Duvall.

One last time together visiting with President Mullen.

After a "good night's sleep" (which no one ever gets on 
the night before they go home) it's time for breakfast.

 Missing sister formation... Sister Cultura had to leave
extra early for the LA airport and her flight to the Philippines.

Elders Peterson, Glausi, Larimer and Tui'one

Sisters Miller, Sterner and Olsen just before leaving
for the airport.

A final farewell to the California Riverside Mission: 

(Video of "Down By the Riverside" is coming as 
soon as I can get the office elders to help me load it!)