Saturday, July 21, 2012

Farewell Talk and Luncheon

On June 10, 2012 Dakotah gave his Farewell Talk in our Ward. It was a beautiful day. His talk was beautiful. His topic was Testimony and he divided that up into three sections: Pre-Mission, On the Mission, and After the Mission. He talked about playing Young Joseph and some of the spiritual experiences he had playing him and what a testimony builder it was. I won't go into all of his talk but he used many of the spiritual experiences he has shared with Kelly and I this year and how they helped him to grow.
The chapel kept getting fuller and fuller, bursting at the seams... until it was filled all the way back to the Priesthood room at the back of the culture hall. It was so good to see the love and support he received there. Not everyone that came to hear him speak came to eat with us, although, I sure wish they would have. We had a lot of food... a lot of guests but we could've fed even more. I was overwhelmed at all the help I received with food for the luncheon. Many Ward members helped by baking up some tasty treats for us. And many friends brought parts to the meal. We really couldn't have asked for a better day. It was all around WONDERFUL! After the luncheon, the Copes came over and we played "Clue" for one last time for two years. [Kotah and Cameron are the ULTIMATE CLUE PLAYERS].
They ended up tying, which is only fitting since it will be two years before they will be able to match up again. It was fun to visit with them before Kotah left.


Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cookies and treats of all kinds. Oh and some super cool cookies Alex and Tara made in the shape of TIES!

And a Candy Bar that had Kotah's favorite candies in jars. We had Reese's Miniatures, Peanut Butter M&M's, Sour Patch Kids, York Peppermint Patties, Skittles and Swedish Fish. The Candy Bar was a HUGE HIT!

Here are just a few pictures from the luncheon. I wish I could add them all but there are way too many and so many of all the GOOD PEOPLE who came to share in our day.

Kotah taking a break from visiting to enjoy some lunch.

Friends take a moment to smile for the camera.

Mom and Dad take a minute to smile for the camera.


More friends...

And yet more friends...

Love this little foursome!

The Copes and Hancocks

Kotah and one of his other mothers, Sister Cottam. He loves this
lady and her family!

Just a very few of the TIE cookies... aren't they cute? 

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