Our trip home . . .

Our first stop was to Elder Jackson’s sister Evelyn that spends part of the year in Chatham, New York.

Evie in her soon to be famous kitchen. It was chosen to be filmed for a commercial.

Evie in her soon to be famous kitchen. It was chosen to be filmed for a commercial.

We stopped for lunch with a good friend of Sister Jackson's on our way south.

We stopped for lunch with a good friend of Sister Jackson’s on our way south.

We got to stop and see our Missionary Grandson that was newly arrived to South Carolina.

We got to stop and see our Missionary Grandson that was newly arrived to South Carolina.

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Sister Jackson with Elder Barrow and his companion.

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Elder and Sister Jackson with Elder Barrow.

Continuing south we stopped to see son Evan and his family in Georgia.

We got to see Caleb when we stopped in Georgia.

We got to see grandson Caleb when we stopped in Georgia.

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Evan coaching soccer.

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Evan with his wonderful wife Bessie.

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Eating with Evan and Bessie’s children and grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On to Texas to see more family.

Our very tall grandson Anthonee.

Our very tall grandson Anthonee.

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Jeremy and Triana showing off Jeremy’s new chair.

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Grandpa and Kennedee making transit Lego vehicles.

Sister Jackson got to visit with daughter Triana and son Adam.

Sister Jackson got to visit with daughter Triana and son Adam.

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It was great to see Adam. We have missed seeing him.

Elder Jackson with his brother Evan.

Elder Jackson with his brother Evan.

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Evan showing us his truck and trailer

On to Denver to see more of Elder Jackson’s family.

Elder Jackson with two of his sisters

Elder Jackson with two of his sisters

We found a large group of missionaries making transfers at a rest stop.

We found a large group of missionaries making transfers at a rest stop.

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These are some of the Sisters.

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Elder and Sister Jackson in the mountains of Colorado

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The Jackson siblings planning the next stop.

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Getting some lunch.

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Checking out brother Richard’s new bike.

Different scenery but still beautiful.

Different scenery from Pennsylvania . . .  but still beautiful.

We stopped to see Sister Jackson's father on the way home. We are grateful that he is doing so well.

We stopped to see Sister Jackson’s father on the way home. We are grateful that he is doing so well.

We arrived home to lots of hugs and a great welcome home sign.

We arrived safely home to lots of hugs and a great BIG welcome home sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful to be safely home. We are now officially released from our mission. Thanks for following along our Pennsylvania Adventure with us.

For those who would like to attend we will be speaking in church on October 27, 2013, at 9:00 am in the Temple Point Building, 11038 South Braidwood Drive, South Jordan, Utah. We would love to see you. If you are able to attend, plan to come to the house after the meeting to visit.

One last stop in Pennsylvania

We made a stop in what used to be the Colesville/Harmony area many years ago.

Elder Jackson at the Priesthood Commemoation Site.

Elder Jackson at the Priesthood Commemoration Site.

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Can you believe this awesome climbing tree. Sister Jackson wanted to climb it but it wouldn’t work in her skirt.

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Marker for the infant baby of Joseph and Emma Smith.

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Markers for Emma’s parents, Isaac and Elizabeth Hale.

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This is what the original marker looked like. Sister Jackson was here when she was 6 years old and remembers seeing this stone.

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Our car enjoyed a short rest.

 

Lunch with our Mitchell Family and loading the car and trailer . . . twice

Our wonderful landlady, Sue, took us to lunch in between loading the car and cleaning the apartment.

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Sue and Elder Jackson at lunch

Lunch with Sue

Pat and Jerry Mitchell came too.

We will miss the Mitchell family. They adopted us while we were here. Sue is the BEST landlady in the world.

We seem to have more than we brought!

We seem to have more than we brought! Elder Jackson looks a bit concerned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the trailer almost loaded and started on the car. We are really good at packing.

The packed car

The packed car from the back.

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Another view . . . we are getting good at packing . . . maybe.

 

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The loaded trailer. We made it. It is all in!

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Tuesday morning, trying to hitch up the trailer to the car. Hmmmm. this is NOT working. The trailer AND the car are toooooo heavy.

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Unpacking the trailer Tuesday morning . . . when we thought we were ready to leave.

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Deciding what to take and what to leave. Brother and Sister McCardell came to help.

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The repacked car. We had to eliminate the weight in the car to get the trailer to hitch up.

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We did it . . . but left many things behind with all our happy memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are finally on our way. We will post a trip report later.

 

 

Last Sunday at the Branch

Our last Sunday at the Branch was emotional. We will miss our Pennsylvania Family and our wonderful missionary experience.

Gathering after church to celebrate the latest baptism and confirmation.

Gathering after church to celebrate the latest baptism and confirmation.

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Eating, of course, while visiting.

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We will miss these special friends.

A final picture with our Branch President, President Brown

A final picture with our Branch President, President Brown

 

 

Last Palmyra Temple trip and Historic Sites visit

We had a wonderful trip with Branch Members to the Palmyra Temple. We will miss this wonderful area and the special spirit that is here.

We took some friends to see the Church Historical Sites in Palmyra.

Palmyra trip

Visiting the print shop where the Book of Mormon was printed.

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Looking at an advertisement for the original Book of Mormon in the local newspaper.

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Lots of exhibits to see.

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Looking at the printing presses.

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Folding “Signature” pages . . . the first 16 pages of the Book of Mormon

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Everyone gets a chance.

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Doing a great job of folding a big sheet into pages to go in a book.

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Looking at the Sacred Grove from the kitchen door of the Joseph Smith house. Notice the great garden right out the kitchen door . . . handy for FRESH vegetables.

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Dick and Doris get preferred treatment.

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Dick and Doris sitting on a bench in the Sacred Grove.

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We love these wonderful people.

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Temple trips and visiting historical sites are special memories.

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Viewing the “Christus” at the Visitors Center.

Update on our daughter Melissa

This is a letter we received from our daughter Melissa. Thank you for your prayers in her behalf.

Hello,
Sorry this is somewhat delayed. I’ve struggled with low energy, but I think it’s getting better. I finished the the last of 15 radiation treatments on August 20. The next step is to do another MRI and see how everything responded. The radiation oncologist hasn’t scheduled the MRI yet, but he said it would be in 2-3 months, so I’m guessing sometime in October. I meet with him this coming Thursday, Sept 12, but I as far as I know it’s just a standard follow-up, though we may discuss the timeline.

Overall I’m doing well and feel so blessed. The lack of energy is a challenge sometimes, but time should help that, and I’m trying to nourish myself well, etc. Our ward and stake have been amazingly supportive and helpful, which is such a blessing.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I wish I knew how to tell you how much I feel your love, and how much it means to me. May God bless you.
Chau,
Melissa

A Farewell Dinner and Acitivity for Elder and Sister Jackson

We had an enjoyable evening with many of our friends and Branch Family. There were 107 people that attended. WOW!

Great visiting

Great visiting

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Lots of friends to talk to.

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Sandy Fischer, one of the cooks grilling the Chicken . . . a favorite of Sister Jackson’s

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Elder Jackson visits as more people arrive.

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A group of our friends from Broad Acres came to join us.

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What a great surprise to see them . . . and transit for Elder Jackson

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Everyone enjoyed visiting.

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Old friends get reacquainted.

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Hellen and Justin drove all night to be with us. They are sitting with Sister South.

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It was fun for friends to sit together.

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Some were sad that we are leaving.

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Our Stake President and his wife and some of their children came.

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Sister Jackson visits with Sister Hoffman and one of the twin babies.

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Talking with friends.

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It was wonderful to see friends that we don’t get to see often.

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Talking with Sister Black

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We will miss our friends

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Lots of people and good conversation

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Watching a video of memories of the last 22 months while waiting in line for the food.

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A special table for the children.

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Sister Jackson and Sister Williams

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Sister Black and Sister Jackson

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The Primary children sang a song with the sign language that Sister Jackson taught them.

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They gave Sister Jackson a teddy bear.

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The sisters learned to do quilt blocks . . . but were really making a beautiful quilt for Sister Jackson. NO ONE TOLD! IT WAS A SURPRISE.

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Cassie and her mom sang a duet.

We will miss everyone. We look forward to coming back to visit.

Last District Meeting

It was sad to think that we were attending our last District Meeting. We love these amazing Elders and Sisters. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to work with them.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

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Elder Harris plays for us.

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After the meeting . . . at lunch . . . of course.

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Same place as two weeks ago. Excellent food.

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Sister Black loves her salad.

Starting the month of September with a Baptism

September is here! Wow! Time is flying by. Only 10 days until we start our drive home.

We are leaving things in good hands with the members in the Mansfield Branch. Look at the significant upgrade to the monthly Happenings poster that we started.

Definitely raising the bar.

Definitely raising the bar.

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Here is the darling Sister who took over the board. Great job!

September is going to be a wonderful month for the Branch. We started it off with the baptism of a wonderful sister.

Here is our newest member with Elder Jackson, Brother McCardell and the Sisters

Here is our newest member with Elder Jackson, Brother McCardell, our Branch Mission Leader, and the Sisters.

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All of us together. We love this sister.

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This sweet sister is so happy to be baptized.

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We are so happy for her.

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Here she is with the Sisters.

 

Teaching Missionary Discussions

We got to teach the discussions to these cute and very smart young girls who were visiting their family here.

We will miss teachhing these cute girls.

We will miss teaching these cute girls.

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All of us together.