Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 Hello Family, Friends and Loved-ones,

This is how Greenville was looking a couple of weeks ago.  Very spring-like!  It was even sounding like spring too.  We could hear the song of a bird that we heard last summer.

 This was the very next day when we drove to the Raleigh Temple to celebrate Valentines with the missionaries from Raleigh who work in the office.  Elder Myers, Elder and Sister Davenport, Sister Arkell, and Sister Burdick

And this was how Greenville looked when we got home.  We were so surprised!  We got 1" of snow.

Tradition has it, that when it snows here, everyone goes to the grocery store to stock up on bread and milk.  So that is what they did. (We heard about it on Monday from the Store clerks.  They said it was worse than Superbowl Sunday.)  Our friend in the branch said, "I don't know what people do with bread and milk - make milk sandwiches I guess."

          Next, everything gets cancelled.  So the Fireside in Kinston was cancelled that night as well as church the next morning. We attended church in the afternoon with Greenville 1st ward and I got called from the congregation to share my testimony.    One fun recipe we learned about is "snow cream" made from the newly fallen snow.

Here are a couple of recent activities in the Branch.  We went to "Bladez on Ice" and skated for a couple of hours.  President, Sis. Rappleyea, and daughter skating. (below)
              Sister Smith and Sister Tillman who serve in the Branch with us.                                      
                           This night was broom hockey.  We have some very fun activities - just stay out of the way!

       Our happy news is that David, our grandson, enters the MTC tomorrow for his mission to Australia.  Tomorrow is also the day we entered the MTC for our mission, one year ago. Time   is flying SO FAST!

       This cute little girl, is our newest grand-daughter.  She will be blessed on Sunday. Wish we could be home with everyone for these special occasions.  Just know that our hearts are with you and we love you very much!  We are so grateful for our blessings!

We are thankful for the experiences we have had on our mission, for the Elders and Sisters we have served with, for the Branch and for all of you that are supporting and praying for us.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true!  Keep reading your scriptures and praying until you know it for yourself.  We love you!   Take care!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hello All!     It's a cold rainy night -  a good time to write our Blog.  

In January, we took a trip to Fayetteville, NC to enjoy some time with the other Couple Missionaries.  We loved seeing the buildings and arrived during a parade for Martin Luther King Jr.

On the way home we stopped at the Averasboro Battlefield where a battle took place during the Civil War.


Yes!  It snowed - for a very small moment and then it was icy for a couple of days.  When the weather warning came out - everyone headed home.  It looked like rush hour traffic at 2 in the afternoon.  

          We were out working with the sisters the next day trying to find the longest icicle while trying to find people to teach.

This was our Wonderful Greenville District.  We know because we have been out teaching with everyone of them and we love them all.  We have had some great times together!  Check out the ECU colored ties - purple and gold and obviously we all didn't get the memo.

l - r  Elder Henderson (in back), Elder Adams from Logandale NV, Elder Gibson from Price, UT, and Elder Johnson.  Picture taken at Zone Conference in New Bern, NC.

  Elder Balaich, Elder Dewey, Elder Mortensen and Elder Perryman. Sister McPherson and Sis. Tillman

               This was our last get-together.  As the weather was too cold to play outside at the apartment, we went to the church house for lunch.  Sister McPherson has now gone to open up New Bern and to train a new sister missionary.  We will miss her.  Sister Tillman is still with us Yea! and is training Sister. Smith from Springville, UT. Our mission is GROWING  We just had 10 Elders and 8 sisters join our numbers.

Our Branch is doing great also!  This is Sister Paries, the first sister missionary to leave from our Branch on her mission to Mesa, Arizona (Spanish speaking).  She will be a great missionary!    

As you know, the Gospel is true!   Missions are lots of work and lots of fun at the same time.  We love the people of North Carolina and most of the time the weather too.  I'm looking forward to summer even with the humidity.  Don't know what I am going to do when I get back to UT and it is REALLY cold.

   Please keep reading your Book of Mormon daily.  We love you and we miss you.  You are in our thoughts and prayers always.  Thank you for all you do in helping us serve the Lord on this mission.  You are a  blessing to us.  Take care!