Archive for November 2012

Christmas Is . . .

We are excited to participate in a major Christmas media campaign on, including a new page ( focused on Jesus Christ and the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is . . .

The website will include:

· Videos about the birth and mission of Jesus Christ.
· A description of the true meaning of Christmas.
· Christmas e-cards available for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
· Downloadable Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
· A link to the free Bible Videos app.
· A link to request a free copy of the Bible.
· And more . . .

We encourage you to go to and check it out!

We have a PDF versions of the pass-a-long cards (9 per sheet) with the website information (listed above) on the back side. Email us if you want to print out the cards and we will email the PDF files to you.

Another version of the Christmas is pass-a-long card

back side of card

We created these pass-a-long cards for this important web event. Special thanks to our son David for his expertise and advice.


A Time for Thanksgiving

As we realize that we have been here for over a year now we are grateful for all our many blessings. We appreciate the wonderful people here in Pennsylvania that we love. We are grateful for the Gospel that allows us to work with the incredible missionaries in this mission. We are honored to serve under the leadership of our Mission president and his wife, President and Sister Topham. We love the Savior and are thankful that we have the opportunity to serve this mission. We are thankful for you, family and friends, who love and support us.

In these times of uncertainty, we want to share with you a Great Opportunity. We have a proposal for you, or more likely, for someone you know.

So here is the thing.  We know God is in control and will orchestrate what He will, but we also know he uses His children to make his purposes come about, so we have decided to ask you to help us to replace ourselves.  Here is what we would like you to do.  Pray about who you might invite to consider if they would like to serve a mission in about 6 months or so in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission.  Pass this on to anyone you can think of as a result of that prayer, and ask them to pass it on.

We live in an incredible missionary set up, with beautiful hills covered with trees, flowing rivers, a wonderful spacious apartment. Even our landlady is great!

We serve in a little branch where the members truly strive to take care of each other.  We have made dozens of friends and been allowed to witness life-altering miracles. We serve in a zone of missionaries with whom we work and teach, and they lift us.  We serve under a mission President and his wife who we love and who inspire us.

As you can tell from our blog our work includes humanitarian aide through community service, sharing the gospel with people we meet, teaching new and returning members in their homes, and training leaders and supporting members in various ways. Each day is an adventure and a joy. We invite you to join us and have a similar experience.

Enjoy some pictures for this month’s activities . . . and the month is not even over yet!

Our Branch Thankfulness Wreath


November Happenings Board, always something wonderful going on.

Good visits at our Linger Longers.

Always LOTS of yummy food.

Getting our Branch prepared for an emergency . . . Reviewing 72 hour kits.


Reminding us of important supplies not to forget!


One of our members feeding one of his calves.

Although, with some of the street names you may wonder what country you are in!


Latest Zone and District Meetings

We had a visit from the Zone Leader and District Leader to our area. We spent the day visiting some of the wonderful members and investigators in our Branch. They got to spend the day driving from place to place, just like we get to do each day. We stopped at the Pennsylvania State Welcome Center and took this picture.

Elders Rasband, Jackson, and Parker


Our District with the Zone Leaders . . . a week before transfers.

After inspecting their apartment we took these hard working Elders to lunch. Elder Beames is being transferred. We will miss him. We will enjoy still working with Elder Gale. They serve about 1 hour away from us and we ride together each week to District and Zone meetings.


Growth in the Branch – a set of twins

One of the families in our Branch had a set of twins. They are both doing well and growing fast. The little boys are hard to tell apart as they are identical. We had a shower for the family.

Mom and grandma with the babies.

Plenty of willing hands to hold the babies. We played fun games. This one was how fast can you match the socks!

Both asleep AT THE SAME TIME!


Stake Conference and a New Elder for our Branch

At our Stake Conference this month, Elder and Sister Jackson were blessed to be able to speak in the Saturday Evening Adult Session. Sister Jackson talked about couples serving missions and encouraged couples from our Stake to serve missions. We will see how successful she was in inspiring them to serve by how many turn in their papers. Elder Jackson talked about our experiences in the Mansfield Branch.

One of our recently baptized members was ordained an Elder. We are so happy for him and his family as they prepare to go to the temple.

Our new Elder with his wife and youngest son and her mother with Elder and Sister Jackson

Sue’s Retirement Surprise Party

Our wonderful friend and landlady retired and her family had a surprise party for her. Since we have been adopted to the Mitchells we got to attend.

The retirement cake

The garage and driveway full of family and friends.

Sue cutting her cake.


We are excited to have her home more . . . although we are gone a lot! It will be nice to get to see more of her. She is the BEST!

Washington DC Temple Trip with our Stake

The beautiful Washington DC Temple

After a long drive (we left the church with a carload at 5 am) we arrived at the temple. At 11 am we had a meeting on the 7th floor with all the members from our Stake that came.  After a wonderful day in the temple, we left about 5 pm to begin our drive home.

From inside the front door looking outside . . . well it was cold and windy!

Part of our group.

The view as we walked to the car.