This post will confirm your belief that being a senior missionary is nothing but fun. It turns out that Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are located within the bounds of our mission and it has been a tradition to take missionaries who are going home on a day trip to visit these landmarks. Elder & Sister Hendrickson have been responsible for organizing these excursions which take place every six week, but they are going home next week.
We find it interesting that we have been asked to take over this task because what we will be doing is very similar to the train trips we organized for our family home evening (FHE) group of empty nesters back in Auburn, CA. We are compelled to conclude that the Lord knows how to use our experience and talents since we have not told anyone about these FHE activities.
As part of our duties we will be driving the mission van out to Liberty Park and then spending the day, together with the mission president and his wife, watching over the young missionaries as they enjoy being tourists for a day. It's tough duty, but someone has to do it. I am sure it will be particularly fun in January when it is 15 below!
Anyway, we went on our first trip last Monday so we could get used to the hard work. Here are some of the photos we took.
Responsibility officially passes from the Hendricksons to the Shaws as "the book" is handed over.
Elder Hendrickson and President Jeppson discuss plans for the day.
Sister Snow was the only single sister missionary on our trip. Sister Shaw was her companion for the day. The Miss New Jersey was our transportation out to Ellis and Liberty Islands.
On our way to "The Islands." We are just happy to have hair for the wind to blow all over the place.