Last Hours in England (for now)

After so many sweet good-byes with our Stroud ward friends, our community choir friends, our dear cousins Roy and Libby, our stake friends, including the Haws and Retallicks, the missionaries in our ward, district and zone, (all too painful and sweet to photograph) we finished our packing and left Stroud on Wednesday afternoon. We had the wonderful privilege of meeting Elder and Sister Walk, who are the new missionary couple serving in Stroud–kinda like passing the baton! They are wonderful, experienced, awesome people! We are excited for Stroud and for them!

The new traditional mission first photo in England is the cornerstone shot pictured below. It is reminiscent of Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, Heber C. Kimball and other members of the Twelve who gathered at Far West at the cornerstones of the temple before leaving on their mission to England on April 18, 1839.

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Elder and Sister Walk, our new Stroud missionaries!

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Stroud missionaries, going and coming.

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President and Sister Leppard, England Birmingham Mission President and amazing wife.

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Elder and Sister Burt, our mission office couple, who serve with dedication and talent!

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President Leppard gave us our departing interview, full of counsel, wisdom, appreciation and kindness and then he and his wife took us out to a yummy, delicious relaxed dinner. We had such a fun time talking and sharing! That was so kind of them to take so much time with us! President Leppard helped us weigh and load up our luggage and then he drove us to our hotel by the airport–kind service by a busy man! We are so grateful for our time to learn from and be led by our inspired mission president and his wife. They are wonderful faithful leaders!

We had about 5 hours of sleep and then woke up early to check in at 4 am for our 6 am flight to Amsterdam, then a direct flight to Salt Lake City. So amazing to feel everything happening so quickly! Homecoming on the next post! Cheerio!

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