Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Good 'ole church social.

Elizabeth and D. Chad Richardson

“My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”

-Thomas S. Monson

Don't you just love a good church social? When I was a young girl, I can remember how our ward/congregation in a small town in East Texas would join together for missionary farewells, holiday celebrations, Roadshows, Seminary name it, and it was always so much fun to hang out with all my friends who I shared a common faith with. I felt at home. A deep sense of peace and belonging was felt when I would attend these socials.

Recently, we had a farewell pot-luck dinner at church to celebrate two very special people...Elizabeth and D. Chad Richardson. It was a time for us to engage in great conversation, eat some tasty grub and offer tender well-wishes for this dear couple.

The Richardsons have lived, worked and served in the McAllen, Texas area for over 30 years. They are leaving us to serve a 3-year church mission as the temple president and matron of this LDS temple. The hubby and I feel truly blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to get to know this amazing couple this past year.

We will miss them dearly; however, we know they will bless the lives of so many while serving in this region of Central America.

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May God bless this sweet couple as they embark on their new journey!

"God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put his arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again. "
(Hymns, 1985, no. 152)


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