In December, 14 of our missionaries completed their service and gathered at the Mission Home for the traditional departures' dinner
|Sisters Taggart and Saviano with our daughter Elizabeth|
Everyone creates a personalized page for the Cookes' scrapbook, which page becomes the cover sheet for any other notices of important life events that missionary sends us later - e.g. these wedding invitations of former WDCN missionaries
After dinner and scrapbooks, we gather to share funny memories of each missionary's service.
|Sisters Taggart and Liu (a Temple Square sister who came to our mission for a two-transfer full-proselyting rotation),|
Sisters Saviano and Connelly, Sister Johnson (blocked from view) and our daughter Carrie in back
Let the stories begin!
|Sister Saviano listens to Sister Connelly's story while Sister Johnson and Carrie watch|
|Sisters Taggart and Liu|
|Elders Malugin and Tavana|
at Transfer Meeting
Half the group left before Christmas:
|Elder Stubbs and Guerrero on the left, Elder Lussier-Houle and Sisters Liu and Connelly|
|We had time for a quick lunch before this group boarded|
|On through security and on to the flight home for Christmas!|
The other half of this group left 2 days AFTER Christmas:
|Elder Gardiner on the left, Elders Malugin and Tavana on the right|
Sisters Carcamo, Taggart and Saviano
What a great post-Christmas celebration for these families!