Archive for the Excursions Category

A P-Day Activity to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with the Lock Haven and Mansfield Missionaries

We took a fun day for a beautiful hike at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The Sisters from Lock Haven and the Sr. Couple from Lock Haven joined the Mansfield Sisters and us for the activity.

We had an early breakfast at our apartment before we left for the hike.

We had an early breakfast at our apartment before we left for the hike.


The weather was perfect to eat outside.


Some of us ate inside.


It was great to have help in the kitchen.


Cute missionary sisters!


What a view!


And we begin the journey down to the bottom of the canyon.


The sister found a cave?? to sit under.


A bigger one.


Sister power as this Sister holds the rock up by herself.


We love these awesome sisters.


Elder Jackson supervises.


Love the waterfall and of course the cute Elder.


Sisters getting lots of pictures.


Companions and friends forever.


Beautiful sisters and scenery.


Taking a break.


She did NOT go in the water . . . but she got as close as possible!


Checking out bridge structures.


What a beautiful area. This Sister saw it up close and personal.


We all made it all the way down AND back up!


They said this trail is only 1 mile down but 5 miles coming back up. Yup! They are correct.


Back at the apartment for lunch and to check emails. Keep those letters coming.


Checking emails while waiting for lunch.


We love these Sisters.


Cumorah Pageant 2013

We are making several trips to the Pageant this year with members and investigators. We will keep adding to the pictures in this section for all trips.

Two of our friends with King Noah and Abinadi.

Two of our friends with King Noah and Abinadi.

Scene from the pageant

Scene from the pageant

Here are pictures from trip #2

Picking up friends to go to pageant.

Picking up friends to go to pageant.


Two Cute girls!


Loading up the cars.


Visiting before the pageant begins.


Brother McCardell keeps us entertained.


Elder Jackson visits before the program begins. Can you see the stage in the background?


Ready for the show to start.




















The 3rd and last trip.

Posing with the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Posing with the Prophet Joseph Smith.


And one of the Wise Men.


And then the wind whipped up. Look at the flags and notice the storm blowing in.


Some of the cast huddle as the rain starts. Rain, Rain and more rain.













It rained and poured until time to start. They waited an extra 10 minutes and then the lightening started and so they had to cancel the performance. It was sad to miss the program. The Visitor Center was wonderful however. We had fun and made it home safely through all the lightening, thunder, and rain.




July begins with FIREWORKS!

Branch Happenings for July 2013

Branch Happenings for July 2013

Families gather on the church lawn to wait for the fireworks.

Families gather on the church lawn to wait for the fireworks.


Plenty of time to visit while we wait for it to get dark.


This cute Elder Jackson keeps getting into my pictures . . . well, he is just always there in front of the camera. He must be my camera magnet.


The Sisters join us as friends gather for the activity.


Some came dressed for the occasion.


Lots gathered to celebrate.


Finding little frogs everywhere . . . still waiting for the fireworks show to start.



The cutest Elder in the whole mission!

Plenty of fireworks!

Plenty of fireworks!

We had a wonderful July evening with the Quimbys at their camp at Ives Run camp ground. Good food, good company, and beautiful scenery.

Getting the fire ready for the barbeque.

Getting the fire ready for the barbeque.


Elder Jackson supervises


A beautiful campground


Getting the food ready in this cool “keep the bugs off the food” covering.


We love the beauty of Pennsylvania

Great start for June 2013 . . .

Exciting activities and happenings for June in the Mansfield Branch.

Exciting activities and happenings for June in the Mansfield Branch.

We took a branch trip to the Palmyra Temple. Some of the newest members performed baptisms for their ancestors. After we took some of them to see some of the historic sites near the temple.

Elder Jackson standing in the upstairs of the Joseph Smith home.

Elder Jackson standing in the upstairs of the Joseph Smith home.
The Butchers in the living room of the original home.

The Butchers in the living room of the original home.

In the kitchen of the newer Smith home.

In the kitchen of the newer Smith home.

The men check out the engineering of the barn.

The men check out the engineering of the barn.

The view of the Palmyra Temple from the Smith Farm.

The view of the Palmyra Temple from the Smith Farm.

Walking toward the Grove.

Walking toward the Grove.

Entering the Sacred Grove

Entering the Sacred Grove

We felt such a special sacred feeling here.

We felt such a special sacred feeling here.




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.

Trip to Lancaster, PA

We took a trip to the south-east part of our mission to Lancaster. We met a friend of Sister Jackson’s brother and had dinner and a wonderful visit. Tim lives close to Lancaster and it was delightful to meet and visit with him and Karen. We attended church there the next morning and because of the weather from Hurricane Sandy we drove home Sunday afternoon, a day early. Of course we spend the afternoon Saturday visiting many of the fun Amish sights.

Lots of wonderful shops and things to see. We love the Amish culture.

We were in quilt heaven with the many Amish Quilt shops.

It was an adventure going to meet Tim and Karen for dinner. We came down an alley to see this sign marking the entrance to the "Horse Inn" restaurant.

This was painted on the brick wall outside.

The booths were in horse stalls. Very unique. Here we are after dinner enjoying each others company.

A visit to the Erie Canal

We took a preparation day to drive to Syracuse, New York to get a cord for Elder Jackson’s Ipad. While there we visited the Erie Canal Museum and Lock 24, where there was a wonderful restaurant.

A painting of the Erie Canal in Syracuse, New York. This shows what it was like during the time the canal was being used.

Sister Jackson learns how to work the Weighlock. Love the technology.

This chart shows how the boats made the climb from Albany to Buffalo.

A mural on the building next door to the museum which was formerly a weigh dock when the canal was there.

The view from Lock 24 on the Erie Canal.

Sister Jackson looks at the old and the new gates of Lock 24.

The Canal System

Lock 24 and the restaurant where we had lunch.

Elder Jackson checking out the maps.


Jacksons take a P-Day (Personal time and Preparation Day)

Sister Jackson went to 1st grade in Ithaca, New York where her father was a student at Cornell University. She had not been back since then. Realizing that things had changed in the years between then and now (we won’t mention how many years it was but if you guessed 60 you would be close), we decided to drive the 1 and 1/2 hours to see what it looks like now. We could not find her elementary school or where she had lived. Apparently the elementary school and the temporary student housing have been torn down. She did remember some of the campus buildings. Here are some pictures of  Ithaca and Cornell.

Cornell University Campus today

It was beautiful and just being there brought back happy memories.

We then headed toward Palmyra, New York and some Church History sites.

Peter Whitmer Log Home in Waterloo, New York

This is where the Church was organized in 1830. We enjoyed our visit to the visitors center here.

We drove next to Palmyra and the Grandin Building, the historic Book of Mormon Publication site.

The presses used to print the Book of Mormon. Notice the pages hanging to dry.

Sister Jackson folding a 16 page sheet

The outside of the print shop

We then went to the Smith family farm and the Sacred Grove.

The house where Joseph Smith lived when he had his first vision. He would have walked out the back door to the Sacred Grove that you can see in the background.

The view out the kitchen door looking towards the Sacred Grove

The house Joseph Smith lived in when the Angel Moroni appeared to him and where he lived when he got the plates.

Walking into the Sacred Grove

We drove over to the Hill Cumorah and the Visitors Center just a few miles away where the Pageant was held.

Angel Moroni statue on the Hill Cumorah

It was a special and spiritual day. We enjoyed the time together and the opportunity to be in such sacred places.

One week later we spent a fun evening riding the Tioga Central Railroad near where we live. We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the train ride, dinner and beautiful scenery. What can we say . . . we miss trains!

Tioga Central Railroad

Inside the dining car taken from our table. The food was all prepared right on the train and was delicious.

A beautiful sunset taken from the train.


Hill Cumorah Pageant

We were lucky enough to make three trips to the pageant in Palmyra, New York. We took a car full of people each time. We had a wonderful time and loved getting to see the pageant over and over. We also went to the temple on one of our trips and were blessed to participate in some sealings where a dear sister of our branch was sealed with her siblings to her parents and her parents sealed to her grandparents and the grandparents were sealed to their parents or her great grandparents. There must have been celebrations going on in heaven that day.

Here is our group outside the Palmyra Temple. The sister sitting on the bench is the one that was sealed to her parents.

With our landlady and participants in the pageant

They had many displays and costumes from pageants in the past as this was the 75th anniversary of the pageant.

The seats are starting to fill up several hours before it begins. Can you see the statue of Angel Moroni over the tops of the trees on the left of the stage?

This is a closer view. Love the Zoom lens!

Visiting with performers is a highlight of the pageant experience.

More of our group enjoying the costumes and characters.

Tristen with his hero Nephi.

Part of the 800 cast members

The Savior visiting the Book of Mormon peoples


May Palmyra Temple Trip

We had a beautiful drive to Palmyra, New York. The mountains look like a lush green carpet. We had a wonderful time at the temple. So nice to have it warm with flowers blooming.

Some of our group visiting outside the Temple.

Quite a contrast from the cold weather. Love the green and the flowers.

The Palmyra Temple from the parking lot.