Quilts for the Sisters

The Sisters have been providing service helping Sandy Fischer make quilts for families to have for emergencies and for rest homes in the area. Sandy also had them cut quilt squares and then she made quilt tops for a quilt for each Sister. We had a branch activity to tie the quilts. The results are below.

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Working on Sister Black’s quilt.

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Sister Williams works on her quilt.

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Lots of hard work going on.

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Everyone is working hard and having fun.

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Sister Black is working hard.

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Looking at all the quilts that have been made.

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We love the Sisters.

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Good results from hard work. We love to be together.

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Brother Pomeroy was helping with the food.

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Sister Black’s quilt all finished.

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Inspecting the finished quilts and taking pictures . . . of course.

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The happy quilters.

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Lots of beautiful quilts.

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.

 

 

Sights we see in Pennsylvania

We spend a lot of time driving. Many of our appointments are over an hour away. We have been putting on about 3,000 miles a month on our car. The up side of this is the beautiful country side and interesting sights.

We enjoy the buggy's and horses on the roads.

We enjoy the buggy’s and horses on the roads. You can be sure they are NOT speeding.

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We will miss seeing them.

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They do a lot of drilling for gas in this area. It is amazing to watch.

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We took the Sisters to the Stony Fork Store for spices and baking supplies.

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It is a fun place to come. Great prices and incredible selection.

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This is the sign out front.

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We met some wonderful people that had come back to Stony Fork for a family reunion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did car washes this week . . . of course it rained the next day.

Elder Jackson organizes the washing of the cars.

Elder Jackson organizes the washing of the cars.

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It was a group effort.

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Getting everything cleaned.

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He even scrubbed the mats! What a guy.

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Sister Black was the vacuum queen.

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Sister Williams helped too and also checked email.

 

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.

August 2013 Arrives in Style

The Branch is pretty much cutting out activities for the month so that people can spend time with family, get ready for school, and basically regroup!

August 2013 Happenings Board

August 2013 Happenings Board

We have had fun giving service with the Sister Missionaries and making quilts for babies, rest homes, emergencies, etc. Sandy Fischer is the genius behind the project.

 

The Sisters tying a quilt.

The Sisters tying a quilt.

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Check out the stack of completed quilts in the background.

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Sandy is busy putting together another top.

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Looks like some pretty serious work going on.

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Of course Sandy has fixed us an incredible lunch.

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Larry and Elder Jackson join us for the food.

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Another quilt to tie.

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We love to serve.

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Sandy cuts out new drapes for her bedroom.

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Sister Williams gets a chest ready to cover with fabric.

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Notice the beautiful GREEN behind her. It is sooooo pretty here.

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Sandy put together the top of the window treatment. Notice the pretty quilt . . . all tied.

Completed and ready to put in the bedroom.

Completed and ready to put in the bedroom.

We went to visit Sister South with the Sisters and she fed us well.

We love to visit Sister South.

We love to visit Sister South.

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Elder Jackson helps with the dishes.

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Always delicious food in an adorable house.

 

 

 

 

 

Branch activity at the Patt’s Camp

We had a wonderful group that drove to the Patt’s Camp area and enjoyed the beauty, food, and company.

Walking up to the small lake area.

Walking up to the small lake area.

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Lots of time to visit and walk.

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And of course, have intense conversations.

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It was worth the walk.

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I can see fish, can you?

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There is even a gazebo.

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Elder Jackson likes it.

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Four-wheeling is fun!

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Coming back from the lake.

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Time for Food.

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The Sisters help in the Kitchen.

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They really get into the task.

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Getting the food off the grill.

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We love to eat and visit.

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We love to get together.

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It is fun to be with friends and family.

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Fun for families.

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Hello from Brooklyn.

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Friends and food and four-wheelers everywhere.

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And “HI” from Jess.

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The kitchen is full too.

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Plenty of yummy foods.

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Tables all around and plenty of good conversation.

Branch Activity – Pioneer Celebration Picnic

To celebrate Pioneer Day we had a Branch picnic. It was fun and we had a good group in attendance.

Gathering for the picnic.

Gathering for the picnic.

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Lots of friends to visit with.

 

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And of course, plenty of delicious food.

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A happy group.

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Families and friends.

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Great cooks!

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Many to visit with.

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New friends to meet.

 

 

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We love to eat.

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And visit while we are eating.

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Many friends gather.

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Enough food for everyone.

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We filled up the park area.

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Everyone enjoyed each others company.

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Perfect weather.

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For eating and visiting.

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Singing . . .

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Eating . . .

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and being with friends.

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A beautiful park to relax in.

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Time for fun and games.

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Tug of war.

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the other end of the rope.

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Ready, set, go!

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Playing tag.

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And grab the sock . . .

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Some are just toooooo fast.

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All are determined.

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Watch out behind you!

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.

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The weather was perfect to eat outside.

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Some of us ate inside.

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It was great to have help in the kitchen.

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Cute missionary sisters!

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What a view!

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

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The sister found a cave?? to sit under.

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A bigger one.

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

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We love these awesome sisters.

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Elder Jackson supervises.

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Love the waterfall and of course the cute Elder.

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Sisters getting lots of pictures.

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Companions and friends forever.

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Beautiful sisters and scenery.

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Taking a break.

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

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Checking out bridge structures.

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

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

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

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

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Checking emails while waiting for lunch.

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We love these Sisters.

 

Another Update on Melissa – July 29, 2013

We told you we would keep you posted. Here is the latest news and update from Melissa. This letter is from Sunday, July 28. 2013

Hello everyone,
Thank you so much for your prayers. I have felt them this week. I began the radiation treatments on Monday. I will have 15 treatments total, one each day, excluding weekends and holidays. I had three treatments last week. (Mon, Tue, and Fri. …Wed was a holiday. Thu the machine was not working.) Once I finish the treatments (currently scheduled to finish Aug 13), the doctor says they’ll do another MRI in two months to see how things are looking. As I understand it, the radiation doesn’t kill the cancer cells, it just damages them. However, unlike a healthy cell, a cancer cell cannot repair itself, so it eventually dies. But that takes time to occur.

The treatment itself is simple, for my part. (The technology behind it, on the other hand, is quite amazing.) I lay on a moving table with my head clamped down tight with a mask (so my head doesn’t move at all), and I move in and out of the machine. The treatment only takes 5-10 minutes maybe. Before each treatment they do a CT scan to confirm the location of everything, and then they gel that image with the computer so it can adjust as needed to be able to hit the target points for the day. Everything takes about 20 minutes. The staff does all they can to make me comfortable and relaxed. One of the technicians even decorated my mask so it looks like Cat Woman. (Unfortunately, the slinky outfit is not included. :-] )

I know your prayers have helped me. I was quite nervous leading up to Monday. I wanted to feel confident that it was the right next step, and I was concerned about the possible side effects. But then I decided, all I really need to know is…is this the right thing to do? If it is, then what follows doesn’t matter. So I prayed to feel peaceful about everything, and I did feel that assurance. I know your prayers were a part of that. I also prayed to feel grateful for the treatments, because I believe that frame of mind helps a body heal, and I also wanted to acknowledge the blessing of having options, and living near facilities and doctors who can help me. That understanding and acknowledgement came as well.

Another blessing…before I saw the medical oncologist on July 5, after the PET scan, I had had an instance when my eyes were acting funny. My vision was kind of blurry and off. It didn’t last long, and only happened once, so I didn’t think much of it, but when I had my doctor appointment (on the 5th), I felt very strongly that I needed to mention it to him. So I did. It was after that that he said that we should probably get another MRI, which turned out to be fortuitous. To my knowledge he was not planning to have me get one prior to my comment. I don’t consider it a coincidence that he suddenly decided to. Heavenly Father certainly watches over us.

Thank you again for your love, prayers, words of encouragement, and concern. You lift and strengthen me so much. I love you.
Chau,
Melissa

We appreciate your love and support and prayers in her behalf. Thanks, the Jacksons

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.