Thursday, January 23, 2014

Transfers #5- Departing Missionaries

It's hard to imagine what these missionaries are thinking as they prepare to return home after two years of dedicated service.  Before leaving to serve, they most likely boxed up many things....clothes, shoes, pictures, along with wants, desires and habits.  Perhaps placing that box on a shelf, in an attic or basement storage. When they return, retrieve the box, they will find that many things do not fit like they use to.    The growth that they have experienced is beyond anything they could ever imagined.  But the love for their mission, their investigators, converts, members and area stays with them forever.  It only seems appropriate that the Temple would be the place for those missionaries returning home to ponder their mission, and begin their new journey in life.
Back at the Mission Home, testimonies and memories are shared.  We love having the missionaries in the mission home and hearing of their memories/feelings when they first arrived.   Its so fun to hear their comments as they are given their binders that contain all the letters they have written to the Mission President.
Elder Yorgason's family member wrote one of our favorite books "Charlie's Monument"

"In all of living, having much fun and laughter.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured." Gordon B Hinkley