Departures 2.1.2016

Group Best Crop

L to R: Pres and Sis. Sweeney, Elders Hinds, Bouck, Mayberry, Greenhalgh, Martinez, Thomas, Hunt, Kennedy, Damoth, Bennett and Pischke

It’s been many months since we had only Elders departing the mission – but it happened again with the February 2016 departing group. All 11 gathered at the Mission Home last Sunday for their farewell dinner and a testimony meeting. It’s still winter here in Arizona – and there was a definite chill in the air Sunday evening – but perfect weather for Cafe Rio tortilla soup – which the Elders enjoyed buffet style – finished off with a hot oven-baked cookie with a scoop of ice cream.

This group is simply outstanding! All of them have contributed their heart, might, mind and strength to the work of the Lord. Many of them have been close enough to the Mission Office that Pres. Sweeney has played basketball with them on P-Days – and that’s always a highlight – but because they are so trusted, most of the group has spent time in the White Mountains some 3+ hours from the Mission Office.

The departure testimony meeting concluded the evening and each of them was able to express the ways they’ve grown (and they are all young men of valor) during their missionary service. It was an emotional group that night.

We wish them God’s richest blessings on their continuing journey in mortality!

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