Archive for the Mission Meetings Category

Last District Meeting

It was sad to think that we were attending our last District Meeting. We love these amazing Elders and Sisters. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to work with them.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

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Elder Harris plays for us.

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After the meeting . . . at lunch . . . of course.

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Same place as two weeks ago. Excellent food.

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Sister Black loves her salad.

District Meetings in Towanda and Mansfield for August

The Zone Leaders joined us for our District Meeting last week in Towanda. We love learning from these amazing missionaries.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

Getting ready to start our meeting.

The Zone Leaders get their brownies and are ready to start.

The Zone Leaders get their brownies and are ready to start.

Lunch in a former train station.

Lunch in a former train station.

Great food and company.

Great food and company.

The decor was fun and of course Transit related for Elder Jackson.

The decor was fun and of course Transit related for Elder Jackson.

 

The next week we met in Mansfield.

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Having fun with the missionaries.

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Big grins from Towanda Elders.

This is what the back of his tag looks like.

This is what the back of his tag looks like.

 

 

District Meetings and Zone Training

Note: I’m sure that it seems that we are always eating! Well . . . almost. I usually don’t take pictures during the training so we get pictures after or at lunch.

Lunch with our district.

Lunch with our district.

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We always get plenty to eat.

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We love these Elders and Sisters.

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We learn so much from them.

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Our last Zone Training. We had to get a picture with Sister Topham. She and her husband are incredible Mission leaders. We will miss them.

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Elder and Sister Bushman go home the week after us. We have loved getting to know them.

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Our Zone is HUGE compared to when we arrived.

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A lot has happened in almost 2 years.

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We are grateful to be part of it.

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These young missionaries are great examples.

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We love these Elders.

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We will miss them.

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We learn much from them.

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Getting some fresh air.

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Sisters group for pictures.

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Elder Jackson gets Sister Jackson taking pictures.

District Meeting – last one before changes????

This week we had a wonderful District Meeting. The missionaries in our district are amazing. After a spiritual high they voted for a goofy picture.

We have fun together.

We have fun together.

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Love the camera that can be set to do 3 shots in a row.

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The Sisters didn’t wait for the 3rd picture! They are always on the move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are changes coming to our district. In preparation for that we inspected apartments. The sisters will stay in Mansfield. The Elders will be moving around. Our District Leader will be moving. We will miss him but he will still be in our Zone so we can see him again at our next Zone Training meeting. After inspecting their apartment we took the Elders to lunch.

The apartment was so clean that we had to pose some pictures.

The apartment was so clean that we had to pose some pictures.

 

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Making sure everything is neat and clean.

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An amazing job on having a clean apartment.

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Even the drawers are organized.

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We went to a fun diner in town and watched them cook our food right in front of us. Great home-style cooking.

 

Zone Training for the Williamsport Zone – July 2013

We love being taught by the Missionaries. They are amazing and their lessons are very inspirational.

Teaching our Zone about unity.

Teaching our Zone about unity.

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Everyone pays attention.

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Asking questions to teach a point.

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And of course “Role Plays”

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Trying to get everyone in and ready for the picture.

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Are they ready yet?

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A goofy one to get ready for . . .

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A serious one?

Mission Couples Conference July 2013 and District Meetings

We had a wonderful conference with the couples in our mission. It was our last conference for our mission. We will miss these wonderful people.

This is the fabulous group of couples currently serving in our mission

This is the fabulous group of couples currently serving in our mission

It seems that we are always eating when we show you pictures of the Elders and Sisters. I usually don’t take pictures of the training so that is why.

After our District Meeting in Towanda.

After our District Meeting in Towanda.

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In Williamsport with the Zone Leaders after our interviews with President Topham and District Training.

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We love these missionaries.

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And they love to EAT!

 

June 2013 Zone Conference

We love getting together with the missionaries. The Williamsport and the Altoona Zones met together for Zone Conference.

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Senior Couples inspect the Missionary cars.

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Elder Jackson under the hood.

Elder and Sister Jackson inspecting cars. Elder Jackson has on his mission t-shirt.

Elder and Sister Jackson inspecting cars. Elder Jackson has on his mission t-shirt.

 

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Taking a break during the meeting.

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Good to see friends.

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Lots of missionaries to see and visit with.

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President Topham passes out the prizes from Sister Topham’s scripture activity.

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Lots of Sisters!

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We love these missionaries.

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Talking about missionary work.

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We think we have the some of the best Elders and Sisters in the mission.

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Lots to talk about.

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This Elder got this tie from a friend. It has a water supply inside the tie. Who would have thought. Perfect for hot days.

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Lots of yummy and healthy food.

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Everyone enjoyed the food.

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Plenty of smiles all around.

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The Elders love to eat.

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And make faces.

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President and Sister Topham get to eat too.

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Gathering our two Zones for a photo.

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Can you believe how many of us there are?

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Sister Topham takes pictures of the missionaries.

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Giving out the Birthday treats for birthdays since the last Zone Conference three months ago.

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Role Plays

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Even the Sisters get to role play.

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The Elders and Sisters are experts at role playing.

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Getting pictures with missionaries that we won’t see for a while.

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This missionary goes home soon. He has been an excellent Zone Leader.

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We love these missionaries.

 

Changes in our Mission District and Zone

At our last District Meeting we had a great lunch, thanks to Elder and Sister Bushman, who brought it for all of us. The Elders that have been in their area are leaving and being replaced by Sisters. We are getting sister missionaries in our branch and there are many other changes being made this transfer in our District and Zone.

As we arrived at our meeting there was much curiosity about what was in the back of the Zone Leaders truck.

As we arrived at our meeting there was much curiosity about what was in the back of the Zone Leaders truck.

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Someone had put a snapping turtle in the back of their truck!

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He was greatly photographed as you can see and just sat there and smiled, as much as a turtle smiles. I’m sure it was because he loved being so close to such marvelous missionaries.

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After our meeting we checked on him again and he was there waiting.

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We will be losing these two Elders this transfer as they are putting Sisters in their area. We will miss these excellent missionaries.

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Elder King with Elder and Sister Jackson

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Our new Towanda District. Lots of “new’s” for our District. We are now in the Towanda District, a new District, with a new District Leader with a new companion, and the Sisters are new to our branch. Elder and Sister Jackson are the only “old’s” in the District.

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We went to lunch to celebrate!

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Plenty of smiles.

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The Elders are enjoying having Sisters in our District.

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We love the missionaries.

Sister Black checking her e-mail and writing President Topham.

Sister Black at our apartment checking her e-mail and writing President Topham.

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Sister Williams trying to beat this fun game.

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We had lunch outside. The weather is GREAT!

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We are enjoying getting to know each other.

 

Once in a life time Mission meeting

We usually only get together as Districts and Zones. This month we had a Mission Meeting for the entire Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission, about 250 of us. We were privileged to spend the morning with 4 General Authorities; Elder David A. Bednar (Apostle), Elder Ronald A. Rasband (Senior President of the Seventy), Elder Kevin S. Hamilton (2nd Quorum of the Seventy) and Elder Robert L. Smith (Area authority for our Mission). It was an amazing meeting. We learned so much.

Here are some pictures taken before the meeting began.

An hour before the meeting started . . . we were all excited to be there.

It was wonderful to see all the Senior Couples serving in our mission.

It was wonderful to see all the Senior Couples serving in our mission.

Lots of missionaries to see that we haven't seen for a long time.

Lots of missionaries to see that we haven’t seen for a long time.

We were glad that we were early so we could see friends.

We were glad that we were early so we could see friends.

 

 

After the meeting was over we gathered everyone for a Mission Picture with the General Authorities.

We had a miracle happen – all of our missionaries got to be together for the first and probably last time!!!! We were honored to have Elder Bednar come and visit with us for 3 hours on Saturday, June 8th. Elders Rasband, Smith and Hamilton were with him, but Elder Bednar took up most of the 3 hours teaching us. It was absolutely wonderful. What an overwhelming sight to see all of our missionaries in one place. It was a day we will all remember.

Wow! The Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Missionary WAVE!

Wow! The Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Missionary WAVE!

 

The next two photos are taken after the Mission photo.

It was great to see all the wonderful missionaries in our mission.

It was great to see all the wonderful missionaries in our mission.

 

We have an incredible mission and we all felt blessed to have attended this conference.

We have an incredible mission and we all felt blessed to have attended this conference.

 

 

As everyone left to return to their areas there was a meeting after the meeting in the parking lot . . .

Lots of friends

Lots of friends.

 

Many more sisters to our mission.

Many more sisters now in our mission.

Missionaries and cars everywhere.

Missionaries and cars everywhere.

Coming and going . . .

Coming and going . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our meeting started before 9:00am and ended at noon. Then pictures and loading up the cars. The missionaries were very hungry. Many went to . . . eat . . .  at a pizza buffet. Are you surprised?

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The missionaries from our District and our Zone Leaders rode with us to the meeting. After their BIG lunch and Cinnamon Rolls (in the container with the red lid that Sister Jackson had made) we headed for home. In a very few minutes this was the scene behind the drivers seat.

Tilled with the Spirit and food and tired. We love these Elders.

Filled with the Spirit and food and tired. We love these Elders.

District Meeting and Missionary Birthday Lunch

We had an excellent training with the Elders as usual.

District Accounting and getting veggies from the relish tray.

District Accounting and getting veggies from the relish tray.

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Birthday lunch at a Japanese Buffet for all the birthdays this year for the Elders from Elder and Sister Jackson.

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Good food.

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Nice to be able to go back as many times as you want.

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And of course they did . . . several times.