Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sister Beckstrand's Blog: Saying Goodbye Again

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Welcome to our home! We're excited to host the Farewell Breakfast for our four lovely, seasoned missionaries who will be going home at the beginning of next week.

The early birds, (Sister Lewis, Snodgress and Miller) are the first to offer their help in the final breakfast preparations.

Sisters Burton and Gordon have enjoyed being companions during Sister Burton's final transfer.

Sister Cottrell is an expert trainer for Sister Valladares.  They are doing such a great job!

Everyone come and get it! Sister Mackenzie leads the way, with Sisters Avila and Aranda coming up behind. We had a breakfast casserole with fruit, orange rolls, and juice. The sisters seemed to enjoy the food, and I enjoyed having them in our home.

Sister Holladay gets a roll while Sister Avila helps herself to some casserole. We've got 28 in our VC group this transfer - our largest number yet. In order to have that many sisters, we're borrowing five full field sisters to work with the VC sisters.

A quick pic of the sisters as they finish their breakfast.

Table 2 - Everyone looks happy and wide awake for 7:00 am!

Table 3 - Yes you're beautiful also.

Table 4 - Elder and Sister Jenkins are keeping Sisters Aranda and Schwartz in line.

Sister Kranendonk shares memories of serving with Sister Anderson.

Sister Burton tells us some of the things she learned from Sister Parker.

Sister Dashjav shares fond memories and experinces while serving with Sister Burton.

Sister Schwartz shared a very touching tribute to Sister Falcon. She paid me NOT to show her crying on the blog - she said that's not her usual demeanor. She's usually all smiles.

Following breakfast, and hearing the beautiful testimonies of our departing sisters, we adjourned to the Christus for a final group picture . What a beautiful group of young missionaries !! (That's including the couple in the middle, of course.) Our four departing sisters are sitting in the front: Sister Falcon, Sister Anderson, Sister Burton, and Sister Parker.

The next thing on the agenda was the traditional singing of 'God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."

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