Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is God, and beside him there is no Savior. Great is his wisdom, marvelous are his ways, and the extent of his doings none can find out. His purposes fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand. From eternity to eternity he is the same, and his years neverfail. For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end. Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

Doctrine & Covenants 76:1-6

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Farewell & Open House

Ali gave her farewell talk today in church about the Atonement.  The spirit was strong.  We had lots of friends and family come to support her.  Brandon also spoke about missionary work and Melanie sang "I Need Thee Every Hour". They both did a great job.  After sacrament meeting all our family and friends met in the Cultural Hall and Ali was set apart as a full-time missionary.  It was a beautiful blessing.

Later that afternoon, we invited the ward and of course our family and friends to an open house we had in honor of Ali and a young man (Matt Boyd) who just returned from Cambodia from his mission.  He also spoke in Sacrament meeting.  I love missionary meetings!  Anyway, we had a great day with our family, friends and ward family!  Thanks to all who helped and showed up for both Ali and Matt - it was a great day!

This was taken right after church in the back yard (or as they say in England... the garden)

Elder Ellis' birthday is coming up, so we set up a table for writing him birthday cards and also words of encouragement to our 2 favorite missionaries!

The "after party" with some of the kids friends.

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