Friday, 23 March 2012

Sat. Mar. 17th 2012

Went shopping and took the Sister missionaries with us.  The one is from Ireland and the other, from Germany.

All the "departing missionaries" (as we call them when they have finished their mission and are going home) have a special day with President & Sister Charles just before they go home.  They have their final interview with Pres. C. and Sister C. puts on what has come to be known as the Leonidas lunch where these missionaries are presented with a statue of King Leonidas.  King Leonidas has become a kind of "mascot" for our mission.  He saved many thousands of Athenians from death by defeating the Persian army about 480 B.C.  His helmet represents the "helmet of salvation."   The breastplate is the "breastplate of righteousness."  The sword represents the "word of God" and the shield is the "shield of faith."

They came back to the Mission Office not very hungry after that, so we just served soup and huge chunks of round bread - I don't know what it is called, but it is very heavy and they like it.

Later those missionaries got together and built a collage of pictures of themselves and Pres. & Sis. C. and some others and intended to frame it, but didn't get it finished by bedtime.  It is to be for Sis. C. for Mother's Day which is this weekend in the U.K.

The last few days reminds us of when our kids were Institute age, all gathered in our "play room"!!!!

This the Statue of Leonidas with the four elders in front taken on the Meteora trip.

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