Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goodbye to Holland

The Amsterdam District meets for district meeting on December 6th - our last district meeting in the Belgium/Netherlands Mission.  Around the circle from the right:  district leader Elder Guanuna, Sister Jeffs, Sister Larson, Zone Leader Elder Andrews, Zone Leader Elder McCarlie, Elder Mueller, and Assistant to the President, Elder Michelson.

 The combined Almere and Amsterdam districts pose for a final picture before we leave.  These awesome elders and sisters have been an inspiration to us and we will miss them terribly.

Just us 'girls'. (Sister Salden and I are still girls - right?)

We feel so honored to have rubbed shoulders with this "fine as frog hair" couple, the Saldens.  They work harder than anyone in the mission.

And in a close second place, the equally hard-working Pankratz, don't waste any of the Lord's time in their service to the mission.  When they're not busy in the office they're out finding apartments for the missionaries.

After checking out at the mission office we arrived at the mission home to find a beautiful Christmas display in the front entrance.  Sister Brubaker does a beautiful job decorating every corner of the home,  making it lovely and inviting.

A gorgeous nativity scene was set out on the china hutch.

Our wonderful mission president, President Brubaker and his equally wonderful companion.  They have been an outstanding example of love and service during the year we've been here.  We have learned so many valuable things from their inspired leadership.

We arose early on Friday to get to Schiphol to catch our return flight to America.

President Brubaker buys tickets for the train to Schiphol.  He's an old hand - having done this for missionaries since the mission office was moved to the Netherlands last April.

It's hard to believe that we're really leaving.  We'll miss this beautiful country and all the wonderful people we've met and learned to love.  Goodbye.....but hopefully not forever.

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