Monday, January 6, 2014

Post Script

Our hearts were full of gratitude and a fair amount of angst last night as we prepared to finish our mission and leave the London Temple Visitors' Centre to return home. It was so difficult!

We could write volumes on all of our emotions during those final hours there, but as we wait for our flight today, we are short on time and will just say that we were so grateful for the well wishes and send-off we received. We couldn't begin to leave all the people we have grown to love so much - missionaries, members and friends - if we didn't know our family is waiting for us on the other side of the pond. We feel like we are leaving our hearts in England, though, and that we're taking so many wonderful friendships with us as we go. They will be a part of us wherever we go from now on. We anxiously look forward to to the time when we will meet again - whenever and wherever that may be!

We spoke last night at the "Why I Believe" fireside in the Visitors' Centre. It is held on the first Sunday of each month. We appreciated so much the love that was shown us and the Spirit that was there. Our sister missionaries sang a beautiful medley at the beginning of the meeting. Sister Ylisaari accompanied them. As they sang, we couldn't help feeling they represented all 26 of the amazing young sister missionaries we have served with during our mission. We love them so much!

Unbeknownst to us, our good friends, Brent and Chris Wade, were snapping photos they emailed to us today.

At the end of the fireside, Sister Walmsley and Sister Stewart sang a song that they wrote just for us. It will be forever etched in our hearts. Thanks to St. Grant (Neale), we can include a YouTube recording of it in our blog. He recorded it Saturday night at a gathering we had with President and Sister Millar, the Neales, and ELSM missionaries from the Visitors' Centre and Mission Office.

Words cannot express our love for those we leave behind and our appreciation for the privilege of serving at the London Temple Visitors' Centre for two years.

With love, Don and Pat

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