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, March 18, 2013

Sister Beckstrand's Blog: Prelude to Easter Pageant

Saturday, March 9th we held a farewell Prep. Meeting for Sister Kranendonk. She will be returning home on Tuesday, March 12th. The sisters need to be at the Udall Chapel at 8:45 am to train the Easter Pageant cast so we held the breakfast at the Visitors' Center so that we could finish everything for our prep. meeting and still be at the church on time.

Here Sisters Cottrell, DeMille, and Valladares share a hug and big smiles! 

During the meeting Sisters Schwartz, Shurtz, and Avila conducted training for the Easter Pageant. Sister Schwartz will be the new VC trainer to replace Sister Shurtz who is going full field to train a new 'greenie'. We'll miss her!

Sister Lewis, who was trained by Sister Kranendonk, gave a beautiful legacy for her 'mom'.

Sister Kranendonk responded with her testimony of the Savior and how her mission has changed and strengthened her. What a beautiful spirit was felt by everyone in attendance.

Our traditional picture by the Christus was attended by 28 sister missionaries. We've had 14 companionships in the VC this transfer, with 7 of the sisters being full field sisters. The president has a lot of confidence in our VC sisters - they make great trainers!

Another tradition - the group hug. Everyone gets into it with enthusiasm.

Sister Kranendonk poses with these sisters who have been among her former companions.

Here we snagged a moment to take one final picture before Sister K. leaves for the mission home. Please note: Elder Beckstrand is smiling! Sister Kranendonk has kept after him about remembering to always look happy.

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