President and Sister Dunn

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May we depart!

On May 11th, the mission home was filled with the familiar sights of missionaries coming for the last items with luggage in hand and saying good-bye to companions. Below, Elder Allen dropping off (on P-day) and saying good-bye to Elder Majozi.

As we received 10 Elders, we then enjoyed a wonderful evening together with them. First to arrive where Elder Majozi, Raymond, Mukasa and Raymond.

Elder Anderson from Bountiful, Utah had the great pleasure to have his parents come and meet his. They joined us for the departure dinner and will tour around South Africa a bit before they go home in a week. We are so excited to have them with us.

Tables are set, nametags placed.... and the party begins!
Above, Elders Wambua, Raymond and Haynes are enjoying their rump and bacon shish kabob, butternut squash and special "pap" with chakalaka. We also enjoyed hot rolls with honey butter.
Elder Worton, Kairu and Magrangqa
Service with a smile! Elder Menendez has been an Assistant since November. He has served in every way possible and been such an outstanding leader in the mission and mentor for the Dnnn's. We will miss him as he heads to Tzaneen for his last 6 weeks. He has served up many meals and always made it more fun. We love him and are excited for him to take his energy to Limpopo. 

Elder Menendez leading out with the reflection after dinner. This is a sweet meeting for all involved. Very reflective and touching to hear Elders talk about the last two years and the memories and testimonies they have developed.
Everyone takes a question and gets to share a reflection on a different aspect of the mission experience.

What was your hardest area you served in and why? Sample question!
Time for the mission song. Loved hearing Elder Menendez play it for us!
The song never gets old. It is so moving and a great way to end the evening. Once again, this is one of the best evenings of the transfer. I love being with a small group as they prepare to depart. It is a highlight and so special to be part of.

A little relaxing before packing and bed!
Final interviews also happen tonight. It is a special time for President Dunn to sit down with each missionary and talk about where they have been and where they are going. yes, I staged this picture.  The door is closed and it is private!:_

As you can see, we made rolls, butternut squash, salad and also decadent chocolate cake.
Sarah and Kayla getting ready to help me serve the dinner. Usually our Assistants help serve, but tonight they got a break since the sisters stepped in.


  1. Thank you so much President and Sister Dunn for your leadership and kindness to our son Elder Haynes.

  2. Cutest! Love that last pic of you 3 with the food! Fun that a family came to pick their son up too! We know how that feels!!!

  3. Thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of it :) I really enjoyed it :) xx