Departures April 9, 2014
About three years ago, Elder Bednar visited the Columbus Ohio Mission. In my notes I have written these words of his: "Preach My Gospel is not just what you do, but what you become."
Our five departing missionaries have exemplified Preach My Gospel missionaries. They have become genuine representatives of Jesus Christ. They have studied and learned, taught and encouraged, understood and led and blessed many here in the Cauayan Mission. It's so hard to see them go--but we're so glad they came!
|Sister Flory getting instructions from Elder Campbell (that's his hand!) on luggage weights.|
|Elder Sarcauga and Elder Daluz sounding really fine!|
Our schedule for the day is fairly routine: Weighing luggage, last interview with President Rahlf, a quick lunch, a group meeting with counsel for the future from President and Sister Rahlf, a departure fireside and opportunity to bear humble, but powerful testimonies. And then it's dinner in the mission home and the Ceremony of the Scissors. Or the Clipping of Ties and Handkerchiefs. We haven't figured out an official name yet. As long as we get the material, we're good!
Elder Sarcauga, Elder Daluz, Sister Flory, Elder Mousley
The trip to the airport goes by way too fast and so does check-in.
|Elder Bednar also said, "Forget yourself. Serve with all your heart, might, mind and strength."|
And they did.
Elder McLaughlin, Elder Daluz, Sister Flory, Elder Sarcauga, and Elder Mousley
Thank you families and friends for sharing these truly dedicated missionaries.
We are so grateful for them and the goodness they left in the Philippines Cauayan Mission.
And about two hours later, the plane finally touches down and we get to meet our newest Elders and Sisters--the next group of "becoming" Preach My Gospel missionaries.
|A warm welcome for Sister Koncurat|
|and Sister Elivera|
|Elder Lee, Elder Pareja (standing), Elder Tadena, Elder Monilla, Elder Baclea-an's legs, and Elder Woodruff|
After the orientation, we go over to the chapel, where the new trainers and companions are anxiously waiting. Within an hour, the companions have met and are now busy gathering luggage, pillows, commissary items etc. before traveling to their areas. Finally, after months of waiting and preparation, they are really, truly in the field!
|Sister Koncurat with her companion, Sister Lamac, already teaching at the end of the day.|
|Bringing the world His truth--|
Back: Elder Baclea-an, Elder Monilla, Elder Lee, President and Sister Rahlf
Sister Koncurat, Sister Mu'amoholeva, Sister Elivera and Elder Tadena
in the vineyards of the Lord…"