Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Devotional

The Christmas Devotional was held today in Ossining at the Yorktown Chapel.  It is the one time a year the entire mission comes together and I loved every minute of it.  Missionaries got up very early to catch trains and others drove a couple hours to arrive on time.  The Assistants had coordinated getting over 100 missionaries picked up from the Croton Hudson station.  It was no small feat.  All senior couples and mission vans were utilized.  It all worked out and every missionary was accounted for and seated prior to the 10 am start.  The devotional was filled with music, video, testimony and the SPIRIT.  Elder Hoskins had us all in tears as he sang my very favorite Christmas song "Oh, Holy Night."  It was a sacred day always to be remembered.  I hope and pray each missionary feels the love of the Savior and the love we have for them.  It can be a hard time to be away from home and loved ones.  They are amazing though and creating memories that will stay with them a lifetime.  Missions memories will be recalled as they reflect on Christmas moments that are cherished.

HUGE thanks to Jaime Roddy and Emily Marriott of the New Rochelle Ward for doing all the food. 
 It was so yummy and was a big undertaking.

Special shoutout to my friend Jennifer Darger for helping with all the decor!!

Sis. Colton and Sis. Huntington have been friends since High School.
 Unbeknownst to the other they chose the same skirt this morning.

Santa made a surprise appearance while President Smith was talking

He brought candy canes for all the missionaries

Lauren enjoying a candy cane at the end of the day

Below are our attempts at a group picture.  Hopefully between all of them 
you can find your missionary!

The missionaries are always so wonderful to help clean everything up

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