Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016  Another week has passed.  Way too fast.  Where is the time going?  STOP!!  We still have much to do!

This past week we had a fun zone outing down to Psori which is about 90 minutes southwest of Larnaka.  Our District President - Pres. Brown lives there and invited all the missionaries to come for a hike and lunch.  We and  great time.  The missionaries loved the hike, the scenery and the food!!

Sis.Wonnacott and I with a beautiful view of the sea.

Missionaries being a little crazy.  Luckily we all made it back home safely.

This week Sis. Lehman was transferred to Athens. We will miss her!!!

But-- we still have Sis. Bakewell to keep us on our toes.

On Thursday we went over to the north side (Turkey) and saw some more sites.  Lots of old churches

And a dungeon.

The trees are in bloom and gorgeous.

Another fun memory of Athens.

Today was our last Sunday to speak in Church.  Kind of emotional to be winding down and to know we probably won't see these dear members again.  But I know every Sunday I will be thinking of them and picturing them sitting in their regular seats (isn't that funny how we all do that everywhere!).    The Branch is functioning better and the spirit is good.  Hopefully there will be some baptisms soon.   
Today, we actually had a investigator not show up because he was bothered with so manny people on their phones during the meetings.  Yes, some of them are looking are scriptures but as we know, many are not.  It just goes to show, that you are always being watched and we need to make sure what people are seeing is worthwhile and the right thing to be doing.

Today was daylight savings time for us.  Tomorrow is a new week with lots to do.  Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  How grateful I am to my Savior for his sacrifice and for His Atonement.  As I ended my talk today, I used Sis. Dibbs' quote about the gospel:

I know it!
I live it!
I love it!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - Whew - what an amazing week we just finished up.  We were asked to come to Athens for zone conference and some mission business.  All I can say is that it was absolutely wonderful.  We stayed with the Mission President and his wife, Pres. & Sis. Heder.  They were the best hosts ever!

WARNING:  Major photo overload!
The first day we were there we set out sightseeing to Corinth and Nefplion.  Corinth is a major archeological attraction and it didn't disappoint.

This canal was built to shorten the shipping time.  It is five miles long and still used today.

 This is at the museum in Corinth.  Corinth was an area that Paul taught at and spent quite a bit of time there.  It was a major power in early 200 BC.  It was taken over by Julius Caesar in 44 BC.  The museum was excellent.

We nicknamed this guy "mutton chops)

Taking a break down by the sea.

The temple of Zeus.

Changing of the guard at their tomb of the unknown soldier at the government buildings.


The national gardens.

I know you can't see them well but he has pigeons on his head, arm and on the horse.

one of their Olympic stadiums from earlier times.

Looking down at Mars Hills from the Parthenon.

Athena's temple

The Parthenon

Looking up from Mars Hills

On Mars Hills

Some fun artwork

Eating in a little hillside cafe in Athens.

My birthday celebration - it was delicious!!

Thanks again to the Heders for a great week!