October saw us bidding farewell
to eleven irreplaceable favorites!
Starting with memorabilia and breakfast at the Mission Home:
|Elders Seely, Nielson, Watts, Bodily, Olsen and Sterr|
Everyone creates a personalized page for the Cookes' book
With Elder Gremillion in the back
|With Elder Gremillion in the back|
Breakfast is a joint effort
|The gourmet kitchen crew: Elders Julander, Miyasaki, Jelitto, Fisher and Branning|
|Elder Julander: grill expert|
|Our 13-yr-old daughter, Elizabeth, loves being part of this Saturday morning brunch with dear friends|
Relaxing around the Mission Home while the President conducts his final interviews
|The Sisters have made such an impact on our children, especially our Elizabeth.|
Final singing of the mission song as a departing group
A few days later, after their final transfer/testimony meeting,
the President sends them off with our blessing.
|The President explains the significance of the Service Coin that each departing missionary will receive.|
|Elders Gremillion, Sterr, Julander, Nielson, Bodily, Fisher, Olsen, Seely, President, Elder Watts, |
Sisters Schoemaker, Word & Cooke
Elder Fisher goes from saying goodbye to his fellow Elders... to saying Hello to his mother!
Luckily for the mission, we still have Elder Branning for a little while longer
leading, training, enriching Washington D.C. North.
We are unspeakably grateful to the old guard of Assistants, Elders Fisher and Branning,
who have now turned over the reins to Elders Miyasaki and Jelitto.