Monday, 28 February 2011
This wonderful group of missionaries all worked together to create a song for the Greece Athens Mission. It all started with Elder Muurling who put pen to paper and shared a verse with us at a training meeting. President Charles asked him to work on it further which he did with the rest of the zone.
They sang it for us and Elder Kopischke. The song talks about one day seeing a Temple in this great land. We were all stirred in our hearts and the tears flowed. I will get the words and share them with you, maybe even a recording the next time we are in Thessaloniki.
We had the joy of welcoming Elder Kopischke on a Mission Tour he is the President of the Europe Area. The picture is of the Athens and Thessaloniki Zones. Elder Kopischke taught us from the scriptures and filled our hearts with those great messages from the prophets.
Stella is a lovely young woman who was taught the gospel by Sisters Jung and Braaksma. Both her mother and older sister have been baptised. I had the privilege of sitting in on a lesson and found that Stella was well prepared to enter the waters of baptism.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
It is always lovely to see the missionaries get letters and packages from home. Elder Mossner was persuaded by Sister Jung to open his package, a big mistake! Although we did get to share some chocolate treat, thank you lovely Sister Mossner. Elder Jentzsch is above being bribed for information on the upcoming transfers, though the chocolates are very tempting.
Some of the pictures show the missionaries sitting opposite each other, this is an exercise in asking inspired questions. We are quiet and reach heavenward for a question to ask. Some examples of an inspired question would be-"What would it mean to you to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet?" " How would you feel if you knew that you could be with your family forever?"
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Elder and Sister Ollerton invited us over on Valentines Day for a fabulous meal. I am so sorry that I didn't include pictures, I was so busy eating!! That may be have been for the best, because for the first two courses we could only use our fingers. Elder Davis was born on Valentines day so we sang him a rousing happy birthday. I promise that the couples in the top left picture are not standing on the deck of a boat. This is the Ollerton's front balcony.
Elder Steeby instructed us on many topics one being companionship exchanges. He taught us to remember PIE. P for Praise which should be sincere and merited. I for Instruct give training and ideas on what could be improved. E for Encourage speak in a positive and motivating manner.
Saying goodbye to people we have come to love and admire is never easy. We rejoice with the Kennedys in the great service they have given. Elder and Sister Niebuhr are of to Athens for some CES training and will be back in Cyprus in a few days. In fact here is the measure of their desire to work- they opted out of a tour of Athens so they could be back with the members in Nicosia.
It is the 7th of February in Nicosia Cyprus, and time to say goodbye to Elder and Sister Kennedy. They are loved by the missionaries and the members. They have both given of themselves so unselfishly and without hint of complaint. We have been truly blessed to have had the privilege of getting to know these elect children of our Father in Heaven.