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Easter 2013

We enjoyed being with the Mitchell Clan the Saturday before Easter. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The Mitchell’s are GREAT cooks.

The line up begins for the yummy food.

The line up begins for the yummy food.

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Sue gives the instructions for the Easter Egg Hunt.

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Looking low and high. They haven’t found the one in the tree yet. Can you see it?

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We watch, supervise, and visit.

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The whole neighborhood knows there is a Mitchell activity.

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Checking out the eggs.

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Can you tell? . . . Elder Jackson is today’s photographer.

On Easter Sunday we went to dinner with the Kerstetters. We celebrated Easter and two birthdays!

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Lighting the candles.

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Opening presents.

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Choosing one of Grandma Kerstetters special eggs.

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Enjoying being together.

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Family is the best!

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We love this family.

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Showing us one of the little chicks.

We hope you had a wonderful Easter. We share this quote from Gordon B. Hinckley.

“On Calvary he was the dying Jesus. From the tomb he emerged the living Christ.The cross had been the bitter fruit of Judas’ betrayal, the summary of Peter’s denial. The empty tomb now became the testimony of His divinity, the assurance of eternal life, the answer to Job’s unanswered question: “If a man die, shall he live again?”

Having died, he might have been forgotten, or, at best, remembered as one of the many great teachers whose lives are epitomized in a few lines in the books of history. Now, having been resurrected, he became the Master of Life.”

Creative and Interesting Branch Activities

Priesthood Lumberjacks performing service.

Elder's Quorm Bear

The group with President Brown’s Photoshop addition and Sister Pomeroy.

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A logging power house at work.

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Taking a break . . .

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and having tooooo much fun!

An interesting youth activity as a result of this story.

Pounding In and Pulling Out Nails

When my daughter was confronted with the fact that she had really hurt another child with a mean comment, she cried and immediately wanted to apologize. That was a good thing, but I wanted her to know an apology can’t always make things better. So I told her the parable of Will, a nine-year-old whose father abandoned his mom two years earlier. Will was angry, and he often would lash out at others with hurtful words. He once told his mom, “I see why Dad left you!”

Unable to cope with his outbursts of cruelty, she sent Will to spend the summer with his grandparents. His grandfather’s strategy to help Will learn self-control was to make him go into the garage and pound a two-inch-long nail into a four-by-four board every time he said a mean and nasty thing. For a small boy, this was a major task, but he couldn’t return until the nail was all the way in. After about ten trips to the garage, Will began to be more cautious about his words. Eventually, he even apologized for all the bad things he’d said.

That’s when his grandmother came in. She made him bring in the board filled with nails and told him to pull them all out. This was even harder than pounding them in, but after a huge struggle, he did it.

His grandmother hugged him and said, “I appreciate your apology and, of course, I forgive you because I love you, but I want you to know an apology is like pulling out one of those nails. Look at the board. The holes are still there. The board will never be the same. I know your dad put a hole in you, but please don’t put holes in other people; you are better than that.”

A fourth-grade teacher recently told me how she tells this story to her class in the beginning of the semester and uses it throughout the year. When she comes upon a child saying or doing a mean or unkind thing, she will say, “Did you put a nail in someone?” Then she’ll ask, “Did you take it out?”

She says her students always know what she’s talking about and recognize what they did was wrong, which isn’t always the case if she simply asks the child what happened (that usually results in a string of blaming everyone else).

She urges her students not to use the automatic “That’s all right” after an apology because usually what was done was not all right and the person saying it, rightfully, doesn’t feel it was all right. She tells her class to say “I accept your apology” or “I forgive you” instead.

The teacher also uses the story to help her kids understand difficult family matters outside of the classroom. She tells them some people will never take out the nails they’ve pounded into the children, but everyone has the power to pull them out themselves and get on with their life rather than let others rule them.

She told me, “The story is simple, but the message is powerful – especially when reinforced with: “You’re better than that!”

Remember, character counts.

— Michael Josephson

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This should be pretty easy . . . it was harder than they thought . . . and they got the nails in.

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Hey, this is hard to pull out!

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With Teamwork . . .  SUCCESS.

 

Missionary Meetings and Activities

We get a chance to visit wonderful people in our area.

With our awesome Branch Mission leader and his wife out visiting.

Here we are with our awesome Branch Mission leader and his wife out visiting in our branch area.

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We love visiting this incredible couple.

Each transfer we inspect the Elders apartment that serve in Towanda. After a “Good” inspection we get to take them to lunch. We love the missionaries.

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At lunch after an excellent apartment inspection.

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Musical talent among the Elders . . .

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and more talent.

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Lunch after training. They are ALWAYS hungry.

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Great conversation.

We love District Meetings. The Elders are talented and teach us well. We always come away inspired.

Wedding and Baptism

We are excited to announce the marriage of a wonderful couple in our Branch.

The happy couple!

The happy couple!

The next day he was interviewed for baptism and baptized the day after that. This will be a hard week to top.

Elder Jackson and Chad

Elder Jackson and Chad

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A special day.

After the confirmation and ordination.

After the confirmation and ordination.

 

 

 

 

And of course, a Linger Longer to celebrate.

 

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Great opportunities to visit with dear friends . . .

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and get better acquainted with new friends . . .

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and eat yummy food! Wow! Look at the spread.

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Elder Jackson and Brother Kerstetter the first and second counselors in the Branch.

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The children love Linger Longers.

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So do the adults.

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Our Branch President and his wife.

Project Linus Completion and Branch Fun Night

As we end March we look back on lots of fun and many blessings.

The blankets for the Project Linus that we began long ago were completed and delivered.

Presenting the blankets at the Coudersport, PA Hospital

Presenting the blankets at the Coudersport, PA Hospital

We had a Dinner and a Movie activity and it was enjoyed by all.

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Lots of GOOD food.

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Excellent conversation!

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Great group.

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Kids had fun too.

 

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Characters welcome!

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Plenty of food.

All ages welcome.

All ages welcome.

This is the fun movie we watched.

This is the fun movie we watched. If you haven’t seen it, our branch would highly recommend it.

 

Middle of March

We looked out our window to see six deer in our yard trying to raid the bird feeder. I tried to be quick to snap a photo but they were going down the hill. I did get a picture of the last one to leave.

Young hungry deer in the back yard.

Young hungry deer in the back yard.

Sister Jackson was able to attend a Stake Relief Society Auxiliary Training meeting. It was excellent and she shared the Mansfield Branch’s Visiting Teaching Board and successes.

Lots of delicious food in addition to great training.

Lots of delicious food in addition to great training.

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Stake Relief Society Presidency

We got a chance to spend time with a former Elder from our mission, Elder Penn. He was here on a visit. He served with us when we first got here as our Zone Leader. He has been home 9 months. We met and went to lunch.

Aaron Penn

Aaron Penn

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March 2013 Zone Conference

We had a wonderful Zone Conference in State College, PA. This will be our last Zone Conference on this mission. We gave our parting testimonies. Since we don’t leave until June we were caught off guard. We learned from the Elders and Sisters. They are great examples to us. We will miss them.

Elders from our District and Zone

Elders and a couple from our District and Zone

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The Elders are always eating!

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We love the Elders.

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Great servants of the Lord.

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Sister Topham and Sister Jackson cuddle the Hoffman twins.

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We were both in heaven.

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Birthdays between now and the next Zone Conference.

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The birthday group.

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President and Sister Hoffman (our Stake President) and their twins (numbers 9 and 10).

March 2013 Happenings, Birthday Celebration, Quilting and Linger Longer

 

Lots of fun Happenings in the branch for the month of March 2013

Lots of fun Happenings in the branch for the month of March 2013.

We had a birthday party for the Relief Society and a quilting class. We also completed a quilt project for donations to the Linus Project.

Everyone is busy cutting fabric.

Everyone is busy cutting fabric.

Lots of work . . .

Lots of work . . .

Plenty of food. The Elders came from Williamsport to interview for some baptisms and joined us for lunch.

Plenty of food. The Elders came from Williamsport to interview for some baptisms and joined us for lunch.

Eating and quilting. A great combination.

Eating and quilting. A great combination.

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Happy Birthday Relief Society

Beautiful completed square.

Beautiful completed square.

Another beautiful square

Another beautiful square

Quilts for the Linus Project

Quilts for the Linus Project

Beautiful quilts and quilters!

Beautiful quilts and quilters!

Elder Jackson taking a picture of President Brown taking a picture of the Linus Quilt project and quilters.

Elder Jackson’s picture of President Brown taking a picture of the Linus Quilt project and quilters.

All in all it was a great day. We enjoyed being together, quilting and of course, eating!

Sunday we enjoyed another great Linger Longer. We have some awesome cooks in our Branch.

Lots of yummy food.

Lots of yummy food.

The line goes on and on. Wonderful good and good company.

The line goes on and on. Wonderful good and good company.

Visiting and good food. Hard to beat!

Visiting and good food. Hard to beat!

Linger Longer's are the BEST!

Linger Longer’s are the BEST!

 

 

Missionary changes and transfers

Lots of new missionaries and changes from transfers. We love the missionaries!

Saying good bye to our District Leader, Elder Long. We will miss seeing him each week.

Saying good bye to our District Leader, Elder Long. We will miss seeing him each week.

New Districts - Williamsport and Lock Haven

New Districts – Williamsport and Lock Haven – February 2013

 

Lunch after our Zone Training. Missionaries love to eat.

Lunch after our Zone Training. Missionaries love to eat.

At lunch with new Elders to our District.

At lunch with new Elders to our District. 3-6-13

Our serious lunches.

Our serious lunches.

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Amazing young men.