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 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.|
Welcome home, OJ!
PS, OJ was reluctant to remove his tie.