My dear friend Airi, who I served with at the Laie Temple VC, stopped by to visit with her darling family. They came to NY from Hawaii to spend the holidays. We loved seeing them and reminiscing about the days in Hawaii as young missionaries. My early mission continues to bless my life so much!
We enjoyed a session at the Manhattan Temple on New Years Eve followed by lunch at Rosa's Mexicano. It was a wonderful way to spend the day with these 8 missionaries prior to their departure for home on New Years Day. We will really miss this group. They have served as leaders and trainers and impacted so many lives during their service.
Elder Jimenez informed the wait staff in Spanish that it was our anniversary and had them bring out a treat. We laughed because we had told the missionaries earlier about getting engaged on New Years Eve 20 years ago!
We were up bright and early on New Years day to say goodbye to the 8 departing missionaries. Dave, the assistants and the office elders all left with them to the airport at 5 am to make sure they made their 7 am flights. I went back to bed for an hour before getting up to prepare for MLC. Having MLC on January 1st was an amazing way to start the New Year.
It was great to have Matthew Buckner..aka...Elder Buckner join us. Matthew lives in the New York Stake and was called to serve in Brazil. He came home for surgery following the MTC and a few weeks in AZ while he waited for his visa. We have adopted him in the mission as he has recovered and prepared to head back out on his mission. We are excited for him to fly to Brazil next week but we will miss him and his enthusiasm for the work.
During MLC we had a mission wide conference call. The missionaries
always love these calls.
The kids are out of town for the Christmas break. William missed all the missionaries and wanted to be a part of the conference call...so we had him on FaceTime.