Our son served in the Arizona Tempe Mission. He served in the cities of Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, and in the towns of Arizona City, Eloy, and Picacho. He was a wonderful missionary and loved his mission!
We had a little surprise waiting for our son when he arrived home. All of our family members were able to be at the airport to welcome him home! Two of our five kids are married, and we also have a baby grandson. Most of our kids live out-of-state. They all arrived at our house the day before our missionary son's arrival.
At our local airport, there are decorative sequoia trees inside the terminal. They aren't real trees. But I think they look pretty cool. Our kids hid inside the huge walk-through Sequoia tree.
While our kids were hiding, my husband and I hugged our son as we welcomed him home and took pictures, trying to act like all was normal and that we were the only family members at the airport. I was excited to see his reaction when he finally would see his siblings, in-law-siblings and nephew. We walked toward the baggage claim area and walked by the tree where everyone was hiding. Surprise! They all came out of hiding. It was great!
Here are some pictures of the happy reunion. (I've blurred my grandson's face for privacy reasons.)
Time for hugs!
Our son hadn't met his new sister-in-law in person before his arrival home. One of our sons got married while our youngest son was serving his mission in Arizona.
Meeting his nephew in person for the first time. Our daughter and son-in-law welcomed a new baby boy into their family while our son was serving his mission.
Time for more hugs.
Our son loved his mission! He served honorably and well. We received a very nice email from a family in his mission not too long ago. They had some very nice things to say about our son. And they even shared a picture of him as well.
When I shared a picture of our son's homecoming on Facebook, some complimentary comments about our son were left by people he knew from his mission. One person wrote that our son was "a huge blessing to our family." And another person wrote, "Elder Last was a fantastic missionary."
We're so proud of our son's selfless service to our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ and to the people in Arizona. Well done son! Welcome home!
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