Sunday, February 7, 2016

February 7, 2016 - Here we are at the end of the first week in February.  Can hardly believe it!  I'm sitting here listening to the Roots-tech presentation in SLC last weekend.  Can you believe that I can see and listen to things from back home.  This and being able to FaceTime our family and friends has been such a blessing to us.  It has really helped us keep the ties in place and we are so grateful for modern technology that allows it to us.

We had special CES training on Saturday which was nice.  I am still amazed at the depth and breath of the church organization throughout the world.  This mission has been so good for me to see how amazing the gospel and church are.  Growing up in Utah we don't realize truly what is out there.  Bill & I were talking just the other day, as we were driving along the 'great salt lake,' looking at the flamingos that it is hard to believe that we are actually on a mission and living overseas on the island of Cyprus.  What an life changing experience it has been!

Today we said goodbye to one of our darling branch Young Woman - Despoina.  She is an awesome young lady who has not had an easy life.

She is moving to Germany to live with her stepfather.  The situation here was not good for her and we are praying and hoping that this is a good step forward.  She is always so upbeat and a very friendly, outgoing person with such a strong testimony of the gospel.  She will be an powerful missionary there in Germany. Hopefully we will see her again someday.  

Here is a link to a feature about Despoina when Elder Christopherson came to Cyprus the summer before we came:

Fun site I saw on my walk the other morning.

My red shoes have become a signature in the branch.  I always get comments on them and the fact that I don't wear nylons and how cold they think my legs must be.  They actually are not cold at all!

We have transfers coming this week and will lose two of our wonderful missionaries:  Elder Deighton and Sister Lutzinger.  They are both heading over to Greece - we will miss them but know they will do a wonderful work there.  We are getting two new sisters (a 3-some) and a new elder.  

A member to the branch asked me if we were going to watch the big game.  I had to ask him what game.  He answered the Super Bowl.  Hard to believe but didn't know it was happening and have not a clue as to what teams are even playing.  I know, hard to believe isn't it!?!?!

Have a great week!  Share the gospel with someone - even if it is with yourself.

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