If you had been in Mesa on Christmas Day, 2013 you would have found us celebrating the day with our extended family - the Visitors' Center missionaries. Sister Ballard had the sisters play a crazy game after they finished up the Mexican Train Domino tournament.
These sisters were trying to draw a Christmas scene (via Sister Ballard's instructions). The scene featured a fireplace, a Christmas Tree, and some other traditional holiday items.
As you can imagine, the items in the pictures weren't always recognizable. It was fun to try and make out exactly what the girls had been trying to draw. We saw some amazing creativity!
We have such a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds that comprise our Visitors' Center sisters. We are learning a lot from each of them. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Sister Miller had many happy memories to share with us. Her testimony was very powerful, and we enjoyed her story about the starfish. I will always associate it with her whenever I hear it again.
On her way to the Mission Home we caught one final picture with our departing sister. We love her so much! She has been a faithful missionary and was a VC trainer for several transfers. We truly benefited from her wonderful example and leadership.
This bean-bag toss game was more difficult than it looked, but Sister Hamstead demonstrated to the other players how to get the job done right.
Because of their high score they were awarded $20 each. Way to GO. girls!
These sisters (Finau and Brownell) were playing kick baseball with a ball that came almost to their knees. They were having a great time!
Sister Brown shows thumbs up for her team's performance. Sisters stick together in all kinds of weather.
These young people were human foosball players. Sisters DeMille and Jeppson were holding up their end of the line while waiting for the ball to come to them.
I caught Sister Orr with a big smile on her face. These young people really deserve a chance to let down their hair and have some fun after working so hard during Christmas Lights. We are so proud of their efforts and how effective they were.
To replace Sister Miller, we were happy to welcome Sister Tingey to the Mesa Temple Visitors' Center. Sister Tingey came to us from Brigham City, Utah.
Sister Tingey's trainer is the very capable Sister Avanesjan from Germany. She couldn't have received a more capable missionary to be her trainer. Lucky girl!