Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Here they are our valiant band of missionaries. Top right picture from left to right we have Elders Southwick, Okazaki, Hickey, Valgren and Dundee. Then on the end is our beautiful Sister Cambell. There was a lot of laughter and also some very tender moments. We had chocolate cake and trifle for dessert. I do believe the trifle made the satisfactory schloop sound as the spoon went in.
We love them, we delight in them and they have a place in our hearts forever.
We did a lot of role playing with Elders Sebald and Lohman, it brought tears to my eyes as we talked about loved ones who had passed away. But yet we have such glorious hope in our dear Saviour.
Met up with Elders Okazaki and Dundee at the airport on the first part of their journey home. With Elder Dundee going , who am I going to talk to about food and recipes??
On the 14th Dec we had a wonderful companionship study with Elders Escher and Muurling, they had made a wonderful pictorial representation of the Plan of Salvation. ( I know I should have taken a picture) More role playing and again later with Elders Gaillard and Muurling. They were both so good, we did some role play in greek their language skills are amazing. On the 16th study with Elders Potter and Jentsch, we role played the first lesson which invited the Spirit into their humble home.
Party time in Limassol with all the missionaries. The food was plentiful and had been prepared with love. We played the white elephant game which was very funny. We watched the Preachers Wife, and ate even more popcorn, sweeties and enjoyed being together.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Sunday 13 December in Larnaca Branch was so special. Joanne and Valentine were confirmed members of the church and were given the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Pot luck lunch after the meeting was absolutely scrumptious, we had a lot of dishes from the Philippines. I am definitely getting the recipes for those.
We hugged and laughed and rejoiced together. Thank you President and Sister Checketts for an amazing two days.
We had a wonderful trip to Cyprus. It started on Saturday 12 Dec when we joined Elders Dundee and Rimmel for companionship study. There was such a good spirit as they had planned well, we also did some role play together.
Later on the same day we attended the baptisms of Joanne and Valentine, the sea was wild but the spirit was sweet.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
We have created a facebook page so you can see many more pictures (and videos!) from the Greece Athens Mission.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Have to apologise that we do not have pictures of Athens and Thessaloniki, my camera has decided to make every picture blurry. Hope to get missionaries to send in pictures that they have taken.
Elder Causee was truly inspirational, and I believe we all came away with a firmer resolve to find and baptise those prepared to receive further light and knowledge.
Monday, 9 November 2009
This is a picture of a Laiki ( A farmers market) I did make a video of it but I am not sure if I can blog this. We enjoyed walking around and feasting our eyes on all the beautiful colours and varieties of fruits and vegetables. Many of the missionaries will shop at these outdoor markets because they are cheaper and at the end of the day you can pick up a real bargain. The markets set up on different streets during the week, so they get to shop at the one closest to their apartment.
Elder Wondra ( area 70) spent the weekend with us. His energy and enthusiasm for the gospel gave us great encouragement and hope.
He spoke about discouragement and said- who are we following when we allow ourselves to feel this, whose servants are we? He spoke about joyfully living the gospel, and that whenever we teach the classroom should be filled with the love of God.
We felt very blessed to have him in our midst. Sister Tayor and Sister Bell smoothed the way by providing the food for the whole day on Sunday. Not only did it look beautiful but it was also quite delicious.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Brother Fingerle, Lotito and Wilkinson talked with us about Seminary and Institute and opened our eyes and hearts to many possibilities.
We love all of the missionaries in the Greece Athens Mission, how blessed we are to rub shoulders with such great ones.