Front row: Sister Walker, Sister Palmer, and Sister Stapp with Sister Monahan and President Monahan
Back row: Elder Schultz, Elder Castillo, Elder Frischknecht, Elder Saquital, Elder Elix, Elder Ereno, Elder Pappas, Elder Carr and Elder Bird
We love these valiant missionaries! We will miss them.
We enjoyed visiting and reminiscing about mission experiences while each departing missionary had their turn to interview with President Monahan. After interviews were completed, luggage was weighed, and pictures were taken, we gathered at the mission home for a spiritual testimony meeting and home-cooked lunch. Then it was time to load the vehicles and head to the bus station in Dagupan.
The next morning, when it was time for them to go to the airport for their flights home, we were told that 5 of the elders were not allowed to leave. There was a problem obtaining their exit clearances. They were told they had to wait about 10 days. Because of this delay, these 5 elders were reassigned to missions in the Manila area while awaiting notice of their departures. More lessons in patience. The silver lining here? Well, these elders were the only foreign missionaries in this batch who had time to visit the Manila Temple and later that day--the Mall of Asia. None of the other departing missionaries had the experience of doing missionary work in the missions in and around Manila. They will have a few extra stories to tell their friends and family. :)
Pictures with each of our departing missionaries.....
Elder Carr Elder Schultz
Elder Frischknecht Sister Stapp
Sister Palmer Elder Bird
Sister Walker Elder Pappas
Elder Saquital Elder Ereno
Elder Elix Elder Castillo