The week has been filled with Despedidas (good byes). The missionary couples were so warm and loving. The have helped us so much each Monday night at Family Home Evening.
|Richard and Norma Graham and Millie and Van Layman both going home|
Pepe and Pelusa Pardo, Eduardo and Soledad Rojas, Millie and Van Layman.
I wonder who danced the Cueca of that group? Not the Layman's. Thanks to Pardos and Rojas' it made the night very special. Plus the Chilean brothers and sisters sang "Dos Tierras Tengo". It was very hard to keep the tears back. Well it can be said that we didn't.
Then this last week in the temple saying good-bye each and every day to a different group of temple workers. It has been heart wrenching really. We never thought it would be this hard. We cried every day at the temple and on the way home. We were released by President Otay on Wednesday night August 28th. It was very emotional as we have grown so close to he and his wife.
The Wednesday morning shift traditionally has a dinner after their shift ends on the Wednesday before the temple closes for 2 weeks for maintenance. They additionally took advantage of having a despedida for us. It was fun and so hard to say good-bye to them.
Sister Elsa Espinoza
Sister Ava Avaria
Elena and Gerardo Cabezas
Pelusa and Pepe Pardo
Millie and Van Layman with Gifts from the group and the Pardos
Millie Layman, Ricardo and Sylvia Ruiz, and Van Layman
Millie Layman and Carol Valdez
Millie Layman and Sister Veliz
Margarita Soto and Millie Layman
The group eating!
Then on Thursday we repeated the exercise. More food and an even bigger program. 3 different Cuecas, several individual songs, individual poem recitations and readings. It was a little long but we enjoyed every minute.
Millie Layman and Violeta Labra
Back Row L-R Maritza Araneda, Pepe Pardo, Monica Solis, Luisa Morales,Violeta Labra, Clara Berrios, Elsa Espinoza, Virginia Cuevas, Melania Urrea, Tomas Cantiallna, Fernando Bravo, Lutgardo Veliz, Front Row L-R Pelusa Pardo, Millie Layman, Van Layman, Rosa Castillo, Rosa Valdes, Jose Vergara
Monica Solis, Violeta Labra, Virginia Cuevas, Luisa Morales
Tomas Cantiallna, Fernando Bravo, Lutgardo Veliz, Juan Valle
Melania Urrea and Virginia Cuevas
So as we come to a close of our mission. I thank Elder David Swalberg and Elder Leroy Berry profoundly for being patient with the Layman family in 1963. For the many people along the way that influenced my youth to stay active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and come to know and love service in the Kingdom of God. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth thru the prophet Joseph Smith. The priesthood of Jesus was restored by Peter, James and John and John the Baptist. And therefore the keys of the kingdom are on the earth today. There is a prophet on the earth today. His name is Thomas S Monson. I believe the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. I know the Book of Mormon was translated from gold plates and is the word of God for us today in the latter days. I am grateful we have 141 operating temples on the earth scattered throughout the world. Where we can seal families as eternal families and make eternal covenants with Our Heavenly Father. I love my 6 children and their spouses and spouses to be. Millie and I are proud grandparents to 8 grandchildren and they bless our lives so much. We pray we are returning with honor just as Rachel, Daryl, Philip and Heather did.
So with these words I close this missionary blog. Thank you Heavenly Father for the blessings you shower on Millie and I each and every day.