Archive for the Holidays Category

Branch Mother’s Day Celebration

Beautiful flowers . . . gifts for the mothers in the Branch.

Beautiful flowers . . . gifts for the mothers in the Branch.


Lots of delicious treats.


And vegetables too!


Women and girls first on this special day.


Plenty for everyone.

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.


Sue gives the instructions for the Easter Egg Hunt.


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


We watch, supervise, and visit.


The whole neighborhood knows there is a Mitchell activity.


Checking out the eggs.


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!


Lighting the candles.


Opening presents.


Choosing one of Grandma Kerstetters special eggs.


Enjoying being together.


Family is the best!


We love this family.


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.”

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.

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!

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!


Memorial Day Weekend and Indian Pow Wow

We attended an Indian Pow Wow this weekend. We felt like it was fitting to learn more about and honor those who also fought in the Revolution and early beginnings of our country.

Modern day warrior

Our member family and their tent.

Indian camp

Beautiful Indian clothing and bead work

One of the Colonist camps


Minute Men getting ready for a reenactment

Sister Jackson with our Indian member. She made all her clothes, jewelry, etc.

Easter with our adoptive family

We are very blessed to have been adopted by a wonderful family. They allowed us to join in their Easter dinner and party the Saturday before Easter. There were about 50 of them to celebrate with. We are very blessed. We have many families and friends that we love.

A garage full of family. Sister Jackson passes out hot rolls.

Elder Jackson fills his plate.

Drawing pictures in the driveway.

Getting ready for the Easter Egg hunt. Can you find the triplets? They are dressed alike.

The egg hunt begins.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2012

As we welcome in this new year we are grateful to be here in Pennsylvania on mission.

We invite you to join us and the Mansfield Branch by reading the Book of Mormon in the next six months. Just 3 pages a day beginning January 1 and continuing to June 30th. We are also suggesting you mark your scriptures each time they refer to Christ in order to focus on the Book of Mormon testifying of Christ. We feel that a renewed focus on the Savior Jesus Christ will help all of us.

This is the invitation that we handed out on Sunday to our Branch.


Sister Jackson stayed home sick. What a way to start off the new year!

Appropriate warning.





Well it was toooooo late.


The flu had already hit and hard.Pretty close to how I felt!


It has been a long week. I can’t remember when I slept so much and still felt rotten. Finally I am getting better and we are praying that Elder Jackson won’t get it.

On the plus side, it was a quick one week diet to loose the pounds that I had gained during the months of November and December. However I wouldn’t recommend it. And now that I feel like eating . . . the 10 pounds I lost will probably come right back.

If it would warm up I could exercise!    


We have had another wonderful adventure this week.

For example, January 3rd, our low was 4 degrees and the high was not much above that!


This is what it felt like to me.


Knowing how much Elder Jackson likes to exercise and be out in the winter, I just laid in bed, under every blanket in the house and imagined that this is what was happening . . .

You can tell this is not me . . . notice the long hair and she is smiling even though she is outside in the cold.










I even found some expert information if you are thinking of going out in the cold.

Merry Christmas from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Our Nativity Display

As we prepare for Christmas this year we are focusing on keeping Christ at the center of our celebration. We purchased this nativity set to remind us of his birth. We are doing all we can to invite others to rededicate their lives to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. We strive to follow his example in word and deed as we strive to keep the spirit of Christ in all that we do.

We are grateful for the love and support we feel from our family and friends. We are blessed to have this incredible opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Christmas Plant

We send our love as we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We spent a fun evening going to Nursing homes and singing Christmas Carols with members of the Branch.

Caroling in the halls

Stopping to sing to some sweet residents

Singing to one of our Branch members