It is always a sad day to lose some of our "children". We watch them stretch and grow and gain strong testimonies and then they must leave to start a new chapter of their lives. We will miss them. (Back left) President, Elders Maxfield, Lema, Maineri, Phippen, York, Me (Front left) Sister Arce, Elders Arce, Miles
Elder Maxfield with his father and older brother who came to pick him up. I am sure there were many tears at the airport when they saw each other. Elder Maxfield lost his mother during his time on his mission. At our testimony meeting they all cried tears of both saddness and joy of the principle of eternal families. There is nothing more glorious than the knowlege we have that families will be together forever.
Elder Maineri with his mother and friends at our front door. The Readers Digest version- Elder Maineri's mother was not a member of the church when he left to serve his mission. Through many prayers and missionary letters, 3 months ago she was baptized. The lady on the left with her daughter are converts of Elder Maineri, there to say goodbye. They joined us in our testimony meeting and she bore a sweet testimony. She serves in the Relief Society and is a great asset to her ward.
Elder and Sister Arce (companion to Elder Scott on his first mission) are headed home after serving 3 missions together. Elder Arce is our singer who serenades us at our zone conferences with his gaucho outfit and guitar. We will miss his songs about his horse that he rode on his mission. They are great examples for many senior couples who feel they are too old to serve.