Friday, February 11, 2011

The Airport!!

FINALLY we were at the airport waiting for her to arrive...
Mallorie, Maddi, Zack, and Kenzi

Sweet Keydi Gwynn surprised us at the airport to welcome Sister Denson and the other missionaries home. 

There they are!!!!!

Mom snagged the first hug!

Checking out the blue "Welcome Home Aunt Sammi" poster! 

Mom finally got to meet Sammi's MTC companion, Sister Gardner.

Chatting with Sister Gardner.

Completely exhausted after 15 hours of airports and plans but finally home!!

Looking GREAT!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011--WELCOME HOME!!

The "shrine" in the hallway at home!!

The COUNTDOWN is complete!!!!

We can't wait to see you!!

Signs on the corner as you get near the subdivision...

And at the bottom of the street...

Thirteen Florida Flamingos all in a row welcoming her home!!

The view back down the street. 

Well done thou good & faithful servant!

We're so ready to see you!!

February 9, 2011--Until We Meet Again!

(L-R) Front Row; Elder and Sister Hogge, President and Sister Hale
Second Row; Elders Barrington, Mendenhall, Sister Lealoagata, Elder
Kimani, Sister Gardner, Elder McLaughlin, Sister Denson, Elder Jones
Sister Low, Elder Cook, Sister Miller, Stairs; Elders Lowder, Alvarado
Scoville, Dube and Zubia - Our Finishers!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8, 2011--Coming Home...

Hey guys. Thanks for all your emails. They really touched my heart. Once again, crying in the library. Luckily it'll be the last time....

Here is a rough schedule for the next couple of days....
Noon--member take us out to lunch
Wings gift shop
finish up packing
5:00 Lakes take us out for dinner
6:30 Ward coorelation
8:00 Milka--best appointment I could ever end my last night as a full-time missionary with.

5:30 am Be at Plantation Chapel
6:00 leave for Temple
10:00 Endowment session
I don't know what else...
5:00 Dinner at the mission home

8:00 roughly, board plane
layover in Atlanta
1:09 Arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah

It's crazy to think that it's only day after tomorrow... I want each of you to know that I have put my heart and soul into being a missionary. It's the best decision I have made thus far in my life to serve here in South Florida. I wish you could understand the love I have for this part of the world and especially the people here. They will always have a special, special place in my heart. Almost each person I have met in the last 18 months has changed my life in one way or another. And I mean it. Every single one of them. Because I have served a mission I have had the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know exactly who I am and I will never doubt that again in my life. I love the basic gospel principles are true and that when we apply them to our lives we are HAPPY. Not just for a little while, but for forever. I have joy and peace in my heart. My cup is full and overflowing. I want each of you to also know that I KNOW that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and without we are NOTHING. Don't take it for granted. If you do, you are only distancing yourself from Heavenly Father. We need to read it daily in order to maintain that beautiful, intimate relationship we can have with him. Just because I am coming home and the tag will be off I will still always be sharing the gospel. My study habits will not change, but they will adjust to my new schedule. I will not let my faith be doubted or waivered.

I love you all and I am truly excited to see you! Even if it was just 4 months ago that we were together. Know that we all represent Jesus Christ and that we need to "Be thou and example of the believers."

Love, Sister Denson

(She said she would explain the pictures when she gets home!)

Milka (a sweet investigator)

Sister Denson, Milka, and Sister Miller

Sister Smith (Young Women's President), Sister Gray (Relief Society President) and Sister Denson

Sister Barton (Primary President) and Sister Denson

Sister Denson and Sister Guzman

For their last district meeting, the Elders brought them ice cream cake to wish them luck. :)

The District!
Elder Barrett, Elder Hansen, Elder Lamb, Sister Miller & Sister Denson

Sister Denson and Sister Barros (back for a visit)