Sunday, April 3, 2022

Mission Reunions: A Time to Greet, Reminisce, and Share/Make Memories!

Sister Hammon and I thought about the many reasons why we love mission reunions, and these are just a few that we came up with. We suspect you all have many, many others.

Everyone who stayed for the photo! 
We love missionary reunions…

We love seeing our missionaries and feeling their love.

We love catching up on what is happening in their lives.

We love to see the new additions to the families.

We love meeting their new spouses and significant others.

We love to feel their jubilation as they greet each other.

We love to receive and give abrazos.

We love renewing our friendships.

We love seeing the smiles on their faces when they enter the room.

We love that many of them make great efforts to come to the reunion.

We love to feel their spirits. 

We love sharing our love and counsel.

We love taking pictures and recording memories.

We love seeing our senior couples and expressing how much we love them and how much our missionaries love them.

Los Shirley, Hammon, and McBride (Elder and Sister McBride were
supposed to come to our mission while we were there, but because
of a variety of reasons, including COVID, they came after.)

We love reminiscing about our missionary experiences.

We love that they did not want to leave because of the love they feel for each other.

We love that they enjoy each other’s company.

We love that they make new friends.

We love sharing in their joys and their challenges.

We love standing in holy places and being with true disciples of Jesus Christ.

We love spending time with members of our missionary family who have become our eternal friends.

So many thanks for a delightfully wonderful evening with so many missionaries, their families, and friends. 

A huge thank you to Sister Marlene Shirley who took all but two of these pictures. Not only did she and Elder Shirley bring lots of treats, she is always ready with her powerful camera to record the history of the California Riverside Mission! These photos represent just a few of the photos she took. If you would like to see more, please visit Marlene Shirley's Facebook page.

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).