Sunday, January 31, 2016

Christmas at the Riverside

December is a flurry of activity wherever one is in December.  
The mission was no exception.  Probably the most busy person 
was Sister Just who logged in every package that arrived and 
then found a way to Tetras them in to the back part of the office
to await the time that they would be delivered 
to anxious elders and sisters.  

Sister Just and an average day's delivery.  

Sister Just and the packages delivered on December 21!

The temptation to examine and shake packages was strong...

One side of the storage area.

Packages on the opposite side.  We'll never know just how 
Sister Just got them all tucked into the space available!

We held two Christmas Conferences, half the mission
on the 22nd of December and the other half on the 23rd.  
The day began with a Christmas devotional in the chapel.  
There were special musical numbers, a discussion of the Savior's
life as we had read it together in the Book of John during December,
and time for a testimony meeting centered on the Savior.   

Following the meeting in the chapel we watched a video collection
of pictures from around the mission and had brunch.  

Of course Christmas means baking.  Sister Puskas, Sister Just and
Sister Mullen baked up some pluck cakes for Christmas brunch.

The cakes showed up on the table the next day along with
a bacon, egg and cheese soufflé and giant fruit salads.

It was great to see happy faces as everyone
enjoyed sharing a meal together.  

Then it was time to go back to work... oh wait!  Presents!  

Wonderful days spent with wonderful missionaries!