Archive for the 2012 Category

Senior Couples Conference in Pittsburgh

We ended the year with a Senior Couples Conference in Pittsburgh. It was the only day that week that it didn’t snow. We had a clear 5 hour drive each way and a wonderful conference with some of the BEST Senior Couples in the world.

We love learning from each other.

We love learning from each other.

We were fed with food and words.

We were fed with food and words.

Our group. We were missing a few couples but most were able to attend. Sister Jackson made the scarves for the Sisters. We love these Missionaries.

Our group. We were missing a few couples but most were able to attend. Sister Jackson made the scarves for the Sisters. We love these Missionaries.

Winter Arrives in Pennsylvania

We ended the year of 2012 with SNOW! These pictures were taken the last week of the year. Church was canceled the last Sunday of the month because of the snow and so many being snowed in. Don’t you wish you were here?

Shoveling a path. Elder Jackson is missing his snow blower.

Shoveling a path. Elder Jackson is missing his snow blower.

Squirrels come to the porch to eat.

Squirrels come to the porch to eat.

The snow is beautiful. Notice the snow hat on the bird feeder.

The snow is beautiful. Notice the snow hat on the bird feeder.

Our car buried in the driveway.

Our car buried in the driveway.

Snow mountain by our appartment.

Snow mountain outside our apartment.

Just a bit of snow!

Just a bit of snow!

 

Do you have room ?

Thomas S. Monson said: In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play—but no time for Christ. Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ. No room. Ever has it been.

His words inspired Shawna Edwards to write this song that we thought you would enjoy.

One of the things we get to do on our mission is invite people to have room for Christ in their lives. We pray at this Christmas season that you will find extra room for Christ in your life.

An early Christmas present for the Branch . . . A Baptism!

We are excited and happy for John Mosher who was baptized today.

Elder Jackson and John

Elder Jackson and John

Elder Jackson, John, and John's mother, Sister Mosher

Elder Jackson, John, and John’s mother, Sister Mosher.

John with 2 of his daughters and some of his grandchildren.

John with 2 of his daughters and some of his grandchildren, son-in-law and Sister Mosher.

When you get baptized you get to go first to eat!

When you get baptized you get to eat first!

Sandy helps with babysitting duties of one of the new twins.

Sandy helps with babysitting duties of one of the new twins.

Kathy has the other one. You ladies are the best!

Kathy has the other one. You ladies are the best!

 

December in the Branch

Branch Happenings for December 2012

Remember last month when we cut and sewed Christmas Stockings? Well this was the followup gathering to stuff them.

Stuffing the Christmas Stockings

And of course there was food. We had breakfast casseroles. Delicious.

We sat and ate around the table covered with gifts for the stockings. Everyone here is very generous. It will make for a happy Christmas for many. Thank you Mansfield Branch!

One of the boxes full of stuffed stockings.

Elder and Sister Jackson join the branch members to sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home.

Encouraging the residents to sing with us.

Sister Szauer a sister in our branch presented an evening on Chanukah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century. We all learned so much and marveled at her stitching talents.

This stitched wonder took 5 years to create and looks the same front and back!

This beautiful stitched wonder took 5 years to create and looks the same front and back!

Teaching us what to say as the candles are lit. And with traditional clothes to make it even better.

Teaching us what to say as the candles are lit. And with traditional handmade clothes to make it even better.

And of course authentic food.

And of course authentic fried foods, eaten to commemorate the importance of oil during the celebration of Chanukah.

More delicious foods.

More delicious foods.

There is a custom of eating foods fried or baked in oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple alight for eight days. Traditional foods include potato pancakes, known as latkes. Sephardi, jam-filled doughnuts, bimuelos (fritters) and sufganiuot which are deep-fried in oil.

She also taught us how to play a game using the Dreidel.  The dreidel, is a four-sided spinning top that children play with on Chanukah. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words נס גדול היה שם (Nes Gadol Haya Sham, “A great miracle happened there”), referring to the miracle of the oil that took place in the Beit Hamikdash.

The dreidel was fun to play with.

The dreidel was fun to play with.

Branch Christmas Dinner and Program

Welcome from the Branch President to a full house. We had to set up more tables and chairs.

Welcome from the Branch President to a full house. We had to set up more tables and chairs as more and more arrived. Wall to wall tables, chairs and people!

Plenty of yummy food!

Lots of yummy food!

Plenty of food for everyone.

Plenty of food for everyone even though the line never seemed to end.

Leave no leftovers. Good to the last bone!

Leave no leftovers. Good to the last bone!

One of the children's tables.

One of the children’s tables.

Another table of darling children.

Another table of darling children.

Even the men helped in the kitchen.

Even the men helped in the kitchen.

The shepherds visit Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.

The shepherds visit Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.

A wonderful cast taking their bows.

A wonderful cast taking their bows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission activities

We love our District leader. He is amazing. We enjoy going to lunch with the Elders after our District meetings.

Enjoying Chinese food with the Elders and Sisters.

Good Food! Check out the chop sticks.

Good job Elder Jackson!

Lots of good conversation too.

We had an amazing Zone Conference that combined two zones.

Our Zone Conference group. Some of the best missionaries in the church!

Our Zone Conference group. Some of the best missionaries in the church!

They needed another chair for Elder Jackson so they gave him the softest seat in the house!

They needed another chair for Elder Jackson so they gave him the softest seat in the house!

All those that had birthdays since last Zone conference.

All those that had birthdays since last Zone conference. There were more the the camera cut them off.

Three Senior Birthday boys! Elder Jackson is in good company.

Three of the Senior Birthday boys! Elder Jackson is in good company.

 

Our wonderful leaders, President and Sister Topham. We love learning from them.

Our wonderful leaders, President and Sister Topham. We love learning from them.

 

 

 

 

Dickens of a Christmas in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 2012

Again this year we had a wonderful time at the “Dickens of a Christmas” festival in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, the borough where we live. Here are some pictures.

Natural Gas lights decorated for the season.

Lots of people dressed up in Old English attire.

Dickens clothes everywhere!

Do you think you could ride this bike?

Elder Jackson talks "Transit" with the bike rider.

Music all around the streets.

A very charming couple.

Even the dogs got dressed up.

Elder and Sister Jackson with Elder and Sister Hicken who came to help us wish everyone Merry Christmas and pass out our Christmas Is . . . cards!

Getting ready for winter . . . burr

We loaded the flower beds with mulch, compliments of our wonderful landlady. The many bulbs we planted will have a warm cover for winter. We hope they show their gratitude by blooming next spring.

Just in time for WINTER!

Elder Jackson cleaning the snow off the car.

What a guy!

Don't worry. He really loves this invigorating weather.

Christmas Is . . .

We are excited to participate in a major Christmas media campaign on mormon.org, including a new page (mormon.org/Christmas) 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 mormon.org/Christmas 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!