Friday, October 31, 2014

October 2014 Departures Dinner

At the end of each six-week transfer, we are forced to part ways with another group of missionaries, a parting that is filled with mixed emotions.  Before their farewell transfer meeting, the departing Elders and Sisters enjoy an evening of nostalgia at the Mission Home with the Cookes.  They will always be a part of our mission family.

Back row L-R: Sister Mendenhall, Sister Croese, Sister Kohler, Elder Queen,
Elder Rummler, Sister Sottili, President Cooke, Sister Weber, Sister Cooke, Elder Mecham.
Front row L-R: Elder He, Elder Brian

L-R:  Elders He, Queen, Sisters Weber, Kohler, Sottili, President Cooke
Sisters Croese, Mendenhall, Elders Rummler, Mecham, Brian
Sister Mendenhall's Creation for the Sisters' Farewell Meeting
(joined by 14-yr-old Elizabeth Cooke on the left
and Elder Queen on the right)

 L-R: Elder Queen, Sister Kohler, Sister Sottili, Sister Weber
creating their individual pages for the Cookes' scrapbook

L-R: Sister Mendenhall, Sister Croese
sharing some of their favorite mission memories

 Getting "coined" means receiving your service coin through an official handshake,
a parting gift from President and Sister Cooke.

  L-R: Elders Brian, Mecham, and He
listening to each others' stories

Elder Rummler
kind of snuck into the party since he just received the VISA to Brasil 
he's been waiting for which means he will leave our mission along with the others
but he will fly straight to Brasil to go complete his two years

Sisters Mendenhall, Croese, Kohler and Weber
at the airport, ready to board

Final Goodbyes 

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