We had a wonderful and busy day as we welcomed 6 new missionaries from the United States and had a chance to orient them and get to know them. What a blessing they are going to be in our mission.
As we welcomed these 6 exceptional young people, I also said goodbye to two of our missionaries who are returning to the States after serving an honorable mission.
I haven't known Sister Amy Daniel as long or as well as I would have liked to, but I have seen what a fine person she is and how well loved by the other missionaries. She has served honorably and is now returning to her father in CA. Amy followed in her mother's footsteps serving a mission. Her mom died a few years ago and it was a hard thing for her dad. We have communicated a time or two. Now she is returning to him and her family.
Elder Goddard will be flying home as well. We have known and served with Elder Goddard for about 6 months. We have seen his energetic spirit, enjoyed his sense of humor, enjoyed having dinner with him and his companion, watched him interact with Russians who are learning English, and we have come to love him.
I called Amy and Kayden today with a message from President Sorenson and used this time to say good bye to these two wonderful young people. Before hanging up, Kayden said, "Sister Sutton, I love you." You know, it just doesn't get any better than that. Dos Vidonya.