Today we left early to take the bus to the pain doctor. Elder Anthony's appointment was for 8:30. We had the leadership counsel meeting at 10:00. At 9:15 the doctor hadn't come in so we decided I would go to the meeting and Elder Anthony would come when he was done. On the agenda was an item, Thank you to the Anthony's. We don't leave for 4 months but this is our last EOCC meeting. I wasn't planning on this. I figured we would just leave two days before the next meeting.
The tributes we were given felt more like a funeral service. Elder Hardy said we had gone way beyond the call of duty. He said he pulled up one day and found Elder Anthony out behind the building sweeping. He thought this is way beyond his call. His respect for Elder Anthony grew immensely. He said we had excelled in every aspect of our responsibilities. Jeff B. told how he is responsible for 27 buildings. He said working at the Barlow has been his greatest joy because Elder Anthony took over the building and was the one that called him. He said Elder Anthony will call and say I don't want to step on your toes but what if we did this or I will call and arrange that. He said I would love to have them extend another 2 years. Scott said, I have no doubt that is was an inspired calling. We could not have accomplished what we have accomplished if we had not been here. Pres. Baird talked about our teaching. He said I don't want to insult you but to have two older people teach young adults with such energy and enthusiasm is amazing. He said the young people love you. He loves to come into our class and he said the class has grown from 5 to 20. He said even when you leave the work you have done will not be forgotten and it will continue to ripple through the area. Scott asked us to go home for 18 months and then to reapply to come back for another 2 years. It was pretty humbling listening to all these nice things being said. Especial when you know we are not done for several more months. I sure hope we don't burst anyone's bubble.
We have about half of our new batch of students in. Later in the afternoon the public affairs floor celebrated Ashley, Mari, and Elder Anthony's April birthdays.