Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The return of the elder

OMYGOSH you guys! Other Jim is HOME.

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Matt says he should be given credit for spotting OJ first, and I will concede. However, I spotted him loudest, as you can hear in the video clip.

Jim got first hug, but I got longest (I'm so competitive) and I demanded a second one a few minutes later.

He is happy to be home, but of course he is unused to "regular" life. He says it will be weird doing normal things without having to make sure he and his companion are within range. He occasionally lapses into Spanish, and couldn't remember the word Sacrament--referring to it as Santo Sena. He'll start sentences with "Pues" or "Tambien."

We spent over an hour with the stake president. He asked Other Jim lots of questions about what he learned on his mission, about companions, investigators, etc, and at the end of the interview, he said, "Elder Evans, you may now remove your missionary name tags and I officially release you from your mission. You are now Jimmy again." Big smiles!

There's the smile we haven't seen in two years!

I seriously was jumping up and down in my head

three kids



Three kids and Grandpa

Matt used the items he had on hand to invent a way to carry his poster without using his hands.

OJ now has his book


For some strange reason, OJ wanted to go outside in his missionary clothing...

...and do this.  It was 1 degree (minus 13 windchill). He hasn't felt that cold in more than two years.

And now he's skyping with Katie and Christian.

Welcome home, OJ!

PS, OJ was reluctant to remove his tie.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Even Hayley is smiling...lol! We are so happy to have Jimmy safely home. Congrats to him for completing his mission and gaining such a rich experience. I've always been so jealous of people who get to live abroad. I know you are happy to have him home. Now there are three!

Mike said...

You should have handed him a job list when he got home. I'm sure it's good to have him back, I'm resisting the urge to call you guys too talk to him. Maybe tomorrow...or later on today.

Mike said...

You should have handed him a job list when he got home. I'm sure it's good to have him back, I'm resisting the urge to call you guys too talk to him. Maybe tomorrow...or later on today.

Dennis said...

It was great to be at the airport to witness the homecoming of a missionary. He looked and sounded like a Mexican (in a very good way). He is so handsome and when he gets to Idaho - watch out! He will have the ladies swooning.

Jenni said...

Now he's home! I'm sure he woke up today and thought, "What now?" Do you let him sleep in? How long to wait before giving him the job list Mike suggested? Does he need clothes? So many questions!!!!