For the Slivkas, one of the hardest things about coming home was going from interacting with over one hundred students every day to coming to quarantine, where they only had contact with the family.
“Our son and his family were caring for our house, so we shared the space and enjoyed their new baby while we wait to return,” they said. During the quarantine, they said they spent time doing family history, yard work, service opportunities and loving their grandchildren.
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The Randalls said they were quarantined for two weeks at their home with another senior sister who had sold her home before leaving on her mission.
“It was so good to have her with us. We settled down and stood on the porch and played our ukuleles for people who came to greet us and sang ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ Family members and friends supplied us with the basic food and cleaning items.”
All missionaries who would have gone home before June 15 were told they would not be returning. Because of this mandate, the Randalls said they are done with their mission. “We are sad our mission was cut short, but we completely understand and are grateful we were able to be home during the pandemic.”
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The Lockharts shared they have kept busy with activities, such as hiking, walking, golfing, pickleball, reading, playing games, working in the garden and doing small renovation jobs inside their house.
“We have continued to read our scriptures and study the ‘Come Follow Me’. We have done some traveling to Jasper, Alberta and Kimberley, British Columbia. We went camping with our family. We very much looking forward to our returning to our mission ‘ohana.”
Before their mission, the Johnsons had sold their home of 30 years. Elder Johnson said, “So coming home, on the spur of the moment, we were homeless—such an interesting position to find ourselves in. We did the mandatory 14-day quarantine in St. George, Utah, then went to Arizona to see our daughter and family,”