2016 Missionary Party
There are about 60,000 missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving throughout the world. These young men and women leave their homes for 18 or 24 months. They serve at their own expense, and volunteer their time and talents. At the 2016 Missionary Party today I had the privilege of photographing the group serving in the New York Rochester Mission.
Being away from home for Christmas, many for their first time, is a hard thing. This little Christmas Party eases the pain of being away from friends and family. I’m glad they do this each year, and I’m happy they ask me to come photograph them.
Elizabethe and I stuck around so I could grab a few candid photos. Their gift exchange is always funny. My favorite was a Barry Manilow album. (It’s funny to me because I think he’s a cheesy performer. I used to joke I suffer from Manilowphobia.)
Getting ready for Christmas morning was the next task on the list. One of our roomers wanted to fix Christmas Eve dinner, and asked if I’d make a dessert. I made a chocolate mousse.
After dinner the topic of Israel came up, so they asked if I’d show them a slide show. We spent the next 90 minutes looking at photos of Israel.