December 2017 Departing Missionaries

Our dear friends and fellow missionaries are going home.

We are always threatening that we are not going to let them go home. Nope. No way. They are staying here with us. By golly, it’s just so hard to have accomplished, hard working, competent missionaries leave!

Before we send these departing missionaries home, they all get to go to the temple. The Gila Valley, New Mexico and Sierra Vista departing missionaries were able to go to The Gila Valley Temple and the Tucson missionaries went to the Tucson Temple.

How we love that time with our missionaries. It truly is a tender mercy to be with them in the temple right before we depart ways.

This is the Gila Valley Arizona Temple and even though it was cold, they still had flowers on the temple grounds!

By the time we were done with the session, it was dark and our pictures were full of shadows. But the temple at night was breath taking.

One last dinner for these missionaries we love so much and a touching testimony meeting that just can’t be described with words. After one of those heart filled, spirit filled meetings, you just cannot be the same.

 

Elder Bryce was picked up by his family. It is always so delightful to meet in person the families that are behind these missionaries we serve with.

And finally, before everyone heads off to bed, we hear a musical number that was requested by President Browning of these two musically inclined Elders. What a cherry on the top of an inspiring night!

Here we are, bright and early, on departure morning at the ATM mission office. We wait for everyone to arrive and make sure the bags are under weight.

We make it to the lit up Tucson airport…

…and here we go!

This is my favorite picture of this transfer. I love to see the friendships that are forged on missions that will last a life time. My eyes filled with tears and my heart was pained a bit when I took this picture.

These goodbyes NEVER get easy.

God speed ATM missionaries. Be strong and of a courage, never forgetting that which you have treasured up. We love you forever!

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