Missionaries awaiting departure!
We were back in Ft. Lauderdale at 5 pm for a dinner at the Hales for all the senior couples and the departing missionaries. After the dinner a very special testimony meeting was held in the Hales living room. One of the missionary's who left a few months ago had several signs made (his parents own the business) and the Hales always hang one up depending on the occasion! This is hung from the upstairs balcony.
Some missionaries waiting for dinner! It is always amazing to me to watch these young men who become good friends with people they would never have hung out with in high school. What good things a mission does for those serving - all ages!
Elder Jorgensen, Elder and Sister Dalling and Elder Barber. We worked with them in the office when they were AP's and we grew to love them. It was sad to see them go, but their families were excited to have them coming home! Now we have seen both sides to the departing and arriving!
Elder Barber with Elder and Sister Dalling. Elder Barber has a scholarship at BYU for putting the shot put. He was in our ward when we very first came to the mission! And so our Temple Trip came to an end and the 8 missionaries left the next morning. Each 6 weeks we go through it again, but it will not be our turn to go to the temple for a while. It was wonderful to go with the missionaries. We enjoyed it so much as we had not been to the temple since we left for the mission field.