Sunday, March 5, 2017

Now Departing!

February 27-28 six missionaries completed their missions
and headed home to families and new experiences ahead.
On Thursday we attended the temple together.

The afternoon of the 27th they arrived early to visit, 
share stories and mark their favorite verse(s) 
in Pres. Mullen's scriptures.  It was a cloudy afternoon,
but the mood in the mission home was bright!  

This was a small group, so by adding on an extra 
table we were able to seat everyone in the dining room. 

Here's a closer shot of the missionaries that were
returning home.  

 After dinner we gathered in the living room for testimony meeting.

After testimony meeting, everyone took a few minutes to 
read travel plans...

 and letters from fellow missionaries. 

Three missionaries from
mainland China have or are serving in the mission, 
a remarkable opportunity for us.  One of them
returned home on this transfer.  He had to remove
his missionary tag before he landed at home.
He is standing next to a picture done in traditional
Chinese style entitled "The Path to Eternal Happiness."
By clicking on the picture you can adjust it to larger sizes
if you would like to see the details.
The story depicted starts in the lower left corner, a 
man receiving a copy of the scriptures.  As you follow
the picture path, you can see him reading the book, 
praying, getting baptized, confirmed, going to the
temple and returning with his bride to their heavenly home.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ... just as it has been taught
to many Chinese speaking people here in the mission.  

Companion study with President Mullen at the end of the evening. 

The morning sun was just too bright!  We didn't get any pictures
with everyone's eyes open!  

 A last farewell from those who departed from Terminal 2. 

The six missionaries who departed were an  
especially brave group of elders and sisters.  
Each of them faced particular trials and prevailed.  Our 
prayers go with them as they return home!