|Sister Austin joins Elders Hansen, Johnson, Peterson and Whitlock in back|
and Elders Farley and Owens in front
at Reagan National Airport just before checking on to their flights home
A few days earlier,
at the departure dinner at the Mission Home…
… the first order of business is for each departing missionary to create a personalized page for the Cookes' scrapbook...
|Elders Owens and Farley|
… and to mark your favorite scripture in the Cookes' set.
|Elder Farley |
and J.S. Armstrong (Pres' 1st counselor & dear friend)
Elder Farley worked especially closely with our dear friend, J.S., and mastered a wonderful imitation of J.S.' "Jimmy Stewart" style of speaking. We captured a few seconds of it here:
Dinner is a must.
|President with Elders Hansen, Johnson, Owens and Whitlock|
|Elders Farley,& Peterson with J.S. Armstrong, our daughter Elizabeth and Sister Austin|
After dinner, it's story time… with each departing missionary sharing one of their favorite funny moments during their mission.
|Elder Hansen tells his story while Elders Peterson and Whitlock listen|
|Elders Peterson and Hansen|
|Pres Cooke with our son Howard and AP Elder Wilcox (not leaving yet!)|
|Elder Johnson and J.S. Armstrong|
|L-R: Elders Wilcox. Johnson, J.S., Elders Peterson, Hansen and Whitlock|
|Our son Joe listens to Elder Owens|
Finally, the President presents service coins
with a handshake and a hug.
|Pres Cooke explains the insignia and significance of the service coins before presenting them individually.|
|Pres Cooke embracing Elder Johnson after presenting his coin.|
|Elder Johnson watches as Elder Peterson gets his coin and Elder Hansen waits his turn.|
The evening traditionally ends with singing the mission song,
"Testify of Me"
|Elders Johnson, Peterson, Hansen, Whitlock, Farley, J.S. Elder Owens, President and Sister Austin|
|The only problem with letting Sister Cooke accompany is that the song will be … |
… very energetic (fast & furious)!
Final Testimonies at Transfer Meeting
Then, off to the Airport!
|At Reagan National Airport|
|With a few minutes before boarding, we enjoyed the "rocking chair lounge" that looks out over the tarmac.|
Farewell, dear friends!