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Stake Helping Hands Project . . . Saturday in the Park

Last weekend we participated in a Stake Helping Hands Project . . . Saturday in the Park. This was a multi-state activity in conjunction with National Parks Week. We went to Rickets Glen Park near Benton, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful park and it looks much better after over 400 volunteers spent the morning cleaning, planting, painting, etc.

Beautiful weather and a great day to be of service.

Beautiful weather and a great day to be of service.


Taking a look at our Branch assignment.


Getting into the work.


Loving the work.


This rake just doesn’t seem right for this project.


Not to worry, President Brown has his camera and will oversee the spreading of the seed.


Elder Jackson’s rake is working.


When all else fails . . . just use your foot.


Maybe the rake will work better this way. Those dirt clods are HARD!


We are making progress now.


Wow! Now it is looking better.

The women headed to clean the highway . . . with caution signs to alert drivers.

The women headed to clean the highway . . . with caution signs to alert drivers.


No more trash on this highway!


This is where we were working.


The after the work is finished shot. Dirt moved and raked, grass planted, and hay spread!


We will have to come back later in the year and see the fruits of our labors.


There was even time to visit with friends back at the main area.


Lots of Missionaries there giving service.


Missionaries all around.


Talking . . .


Visiting . . .


Sister Jackson talks with the Park Ranger . . .


He retires in 45 days. She invited him to visit Utah this winter and go skiing. With Elder Jackson of course.


Volunteers everywhere.


The Stake President and the Helping Hands Project leader present the Park Ranger with a plaque.


He was amazed and grateful for the work that was accomplished.


We love participating with the Missionaries.


It is wonderful to see so many happy people helping out and gathering together.


Sister Jackson is loving wearing pants and comfy shoes.


Elder Jackson with Elder and Sister Bushman, the new couple to our Zone.


The two Sr. Couples in our Zone . . . trying to keep up with the young Elders.


We love our Zone missionaries.


Getting in line for lunch.


Owies received in the line of duty (service) today. It is good these Elders are so tough.


More hardworking Missionaries.


Taking a break.


Visiting with the group.


Plenty of food for all.


That tasted GREAT!


Enjoying the beauty of the park and visiting with the wonderful people of Pennsylvania.





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.


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


A Variety of Activities – Never a dull moment

In addition to teaching some wonderful people we have had some different activities this month.

The Stake has an Ice Skating activity. The youth really enjoy it.


And who is holding up who?


And of course, plenty of food.


Great skating!


But hugging the wall is good every once and a while.


Lots of fun for everyone.


Wellsboro Basketball Games . . .

Sue passes out Sister Jackson's cookies.They must have helped since Wellsboro won the game.

Our landlady, Sue, passes out Sister Jackson’s cookies.
They must have helped since Wellsboro won the game.

For the last game of January, Wellsboro won the championship of their league by beating Mansfield.

Sister Jackson works on making scarves during the basketball game.

Sister Jackson works on making scarves during the basketball game.


The team enjoy treats from Elder and Sister Jackson.


Jake thanks Sister Jackson as he continues to  share the goodies with team mates and friends.


Elder and Sister Jackson call BINGO for the Broad Acres Nursing Home. Sister Jackson made scarves for all the ladies that attend the BINGO games. We had pens for the gentlemen. It was a day where everyone was a winner and the ladies all left the games with their choice of one of the scarves shown below. We can’t show you the cute ladies with their scarves but these photos show the fun colors. She is busy making scarves for the Sisters in the Branch for Valentines Day . . . shhhhhh, don’t tell.


Lots of pretty colors to choose from.


Do you see a color you like?


Maybe one of these?


Or one of these?


And we had a wonderful treat to end the month. We had a missionary return home to the Branch from his mission in Fresno, California. We had a Linger Longer to celebrate.

Everyone enjoyed visiting with Elder Austin Snyder.

Everyone enjoyed visiting with Elder Austin Snyder.


It was great to hear about his experiences.


Lots of good visiting for everyone.


A wonderful family.


Branch members love to spend time together.

Stake Conference and a New Elder for our Branch

At our Stake Conference this month, Elder and Sister Jackson were blessed to be able to speak in the Saturday Evening Adult Session. Sister Jackson talked about couples serving missions and encouraged couples from our Stake to serve missions. We will see how successful she was in inspiring them to serve by how many turn in their papers. Elder Jackson talked about our experiences in the Mansfield Branch.

One of our recently baptized members was ordained an Elder. We are so happy for him and his family as they prepare to go to the temple.

Our new Elder with his wife and youngest son and her mother with Elder and Sister Jackson

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.

Williamsport Stake Relief Society Activity

We were blessed to speak at the Stake Relief Society Activity. We spoke on “How the Temple can make a difference in your life.” We had a great time and we think that all who heard our presentation enjoyed it.

Here we were sharing ideas about teaching families about ancestors.


We had a great group and delicious food.

Mormon Helping Hands Project at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, PA

We joined with over 300  church members and friends from the Williamsport Stake to help clean up the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from the flood that occurred the first part of September 2011 (cresting about the 11th).

The fairgrounds under water September 9th, 2011


A house next to the fair grounds after the water receded.


Then arrived the Mormon Helping Hands . . .

We had a group from our Branch . . . 7 of us to be exact.

The mighty 7 from the Mansfield Branch

This photo was taken after we finished and you can see we are a bit dirty and very tired.

The Historic Farmhouse where we cleaned out the cellar/basement


The mighty Strattons


Elder Jackson of the Fabulous Jacksons

A hard working son of a member family

Four Elders joined our group just in time to carry out this very heavy thingamajig!

The Winners!

We shouldn't be surprised that they got it out of the cellar . . . just look at those muscles!


Our awesome group with David Millard, PA State Rep. and member of Fairgrounds Board.

The pile of STUFF and DIRT that we took out of the cellar/basement.

We were told by David Millard that in the 18 years he has been involved with the fairgrounds on the board he didn’t even realize that there was a cement floor in the farm house basement. It had never been cleaned out and swept so well before. He also didn’t think it was possible to clean it that well . . . let alone to do it 3 hours! Yeah Mormon Helping Hands.

Lunch for all the hungry workers.

Lines and people everywhere . . . but plenty of food.

It was a wonderful experience to be part of making such a huge contribution to the area of Bloomsburg. We enjoyed the 2 hour + drive each way and time to spend with our branch members.


Stake Prepardness Fair – April 2012

The Stake hosted a preparedness fair. They had many displays and a good turnout.

Go Bags

Survival Kits

Energy Efficiency Ideas

Sample wall. Off Grid house uses wind and sun.


Lots of displays

Children, ducks, and chicks.