Tuesday, June 26, 2012


We held our final Departing Missionary Fireside on Sunday, June 24, 2012. 
Each day this week has been the Final Something and  it is very bitter-sweet. 
I remember the first time we attended a Departing Fireside.  We had only 
been in the mission 1 week.  The Assistants told us we had this fireside. 
I expected a few people in the chapel.  What a surprise. 
The room was filled to the back of the gym.  
What a tribute to our wonderful missionaries here. 
The members, converts, investigators all love these  precious 
servants of our Heavenly Father.  And they show 
this love by coming to hear their testimonies as they 
depart for home.
Every six weeks they have continued to show their love and 
fill the chapel and gym. 
Tonights Fireside was wonderful. 
We had 9 returning missionaries: 
Sisters Olsen, Moya, and Newman. 
Elders West, Horton, Lafeen, Tacaki, Liew, Naylor.
They all shared beautiful and powerful testimonies of the Savior, their love for Him and 
His work, the atonement, and the sacred place of DC South. 
They invited investigators to come unto Christ.  
It was beautiful. 
Dave and Angie Gretz shared their testimonies also.
They are a wonderful couple, who were baptized with their children and then attended 
the temple a year later.  They now hold callings of  RS counselor and YM leader. 
They are what missionary work is all about. 

The crowd from the back of the gym

Departing missionaries leaving the stand during the last verse of the closing song ,
Very touching

Bro Brad Seeler and Bro Golata
Joe Caspian, Brad Seeler, and Bro Golata
Dave Mullins, a very dear friend
Sister Caramello from the Burke ward

The Mullins Family- Dave, Cindy and boys

the Gretz Family- Angie, Dave, Jaidyn, Michael, Jackson, and Ariannne

With Elder James Thompson

This sweet couple has been coming to departing fireside every 6 weeks. 
Bro and Sis Ibanez

Sis Doll and her daughter Ashley

The Parkers 

Bobby and Sandy Cumberland

Nancy Craun

Sisters Smith, Newman, Moya and Ferrin

Elders Uptain and Nelson

Elders Creager and Bezzeant

Elder Liew and his new convert

Joseph Duano

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