Friday, November 12, 2010

The third week in October, we had our annual Mission Presidents Seminar in Dresden, Germany.  Because it ran from a Tuesday through Friday, and fell on our Transfer week, we received our new missionaries on Monday, Oct. 17th.  The previous evening, we had our three departing Elders for dinner and a testimony meeting. 

Elder Leeper went home to Basingstoke, England, Elder Clancy to Dundee, Scotland, and Elder Westwood was alone as he flew back to his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We really miss these three fine Elders.

On Monday, we were so happy to receive into our mission (L. to R.)  Elder Anderton from Norfolk, England, Elder Burgess from Utah, Sister Hedemark from Sweden, and Sister Rose from Iowa (and Utah),

In addition, a week before they came, we finally got Sis. Lauritzen here.  She was supposed to come in June, but injured her knee in the MTC.  She had surgery, and has been undergoing rehab.  We were so thrilled to get the call that she was finally able to come.  She comes from my home state of California.
(Sister Pope and Sister Lauritzen are reunited.  They were companions in the MTC.)

The new Elders and Sisters stand on the "Rameumptom" for a rousing welcome.  To the far left is Elder Holland.  He arrived in our mission between transfers.  I don't know where to say he is from...he's lived in 17 different places!
The next day, we were off to Germany.  We got a VERY early other words, had to get up in the middle of the night to get to the airport in time.  A pleasant flight, then we arrived in the beautiful and historic city of Dresden. 

We stayed in the lovely Steigenberger Hotel in the middle of a cobbled plaza.  We were surrounded by the history of the Reformation...including a statue of Martin Luther. 

Of course, we're never any farther from our missionaries than the telephone!  Our Assistants did a good job of diverting as many calls as they could, but I don't think Pres. Ogden would know what to do if he had a day without ANY calls!

We had a little time for sightseeing...fortunately there was much to see right around our hotel.
(Wouldn't you know I'd have a McDonald's cup in my hand...)

We were also able to go to the Freiberg Temple.  Since many of our missions don't have Temples within their boundaries, they always plan these seminars near a Temple, so we can at least go once a year.  There was a wonderful surprise for us when we arrived  at the Temple.  Our Elder Brokatzky's parents came to meet us and brought us a lovely gift...a traditional German Christmas decoration.

The best part of the Seminar was the wonderful instruction by our Area Presidency...Elder Kopischke, Elder Causse, Elder Texeira, and also Elder Kevin Pearson of the Seventy.  We were so inspired and much insight to share with our missionaries.  It was wonderful as well to spend time with the other mission presidents...especially the ones we came out with.

A busy---wonderful---week!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Our semi annual football tournament was September 27th...what a fun day!

At the north end of the Mission...we had:







And in the south, we had...



And the winner....TEAM CARDIFF
(But we're missing two of the star players...Elder Ruesch and Elder Garroway...where are you???)


The beautiful Sisters of the EBM...

One 'naughty' Elder...(I don't know who is the naughtiest...Elder Williams with his 'tattoo', or Elder Rapana for his artwork!!!

AND...the one and only casualty!  (Its dangerous sitting on those sidelines...)

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The 'dearly departed'...Elder Amuah ( England), Elder Gerber (Utah), Elder Beatson (Canada), Elder McNichol (Australia), Elder Stevenson (Scotland), Elder Ezard (England). 
We had a wonderful evening with them before they left...they each bore incredible testimonies in our closing fireside.  We are anxious to see what is in store for them as they begin a new adventure...

Sister Perera (Sri Lanka), Elder Gama (Swaziland), Elder Collins (South Carolina), Elder Tibbitts (Idaho--my 2nd cousin once removed?), Elder Jean (Hawaii), Elder Jacquish (North Carolina), Elder Grudzien (South Carolina), Elder Mansfiels (Utah).


We were also pleased to welcome Elder and Sister Henry from Utah.  They are working diligently to help strengthen  the wards here in our mission...


We've had a SUPER busy month.  Along with our usual schedule, we were also sent some new training from that supports Preach My Gospel, and is designed to help the missionaries teach with the Spirit, and teach people, not lessons!  It was well received, and gave some exciting ways to refine our teaching.  We've met with several groups of missionaries so far, and eventually will present the training to all of them.  Next May, the missionaries in the MTC will receive begin to receive this training, then when they arrive, we'll all be on the same page. 
This training also gave us a reason to have all of the sisters come in together.  They don't very often get a chance to be in one place and share ideas and well as friendship and testimonies.  It was wonderful to spend a few days with them.  Left to right:  Sister Strein, Layton, Pope, Kottambagahagedara, Babbage, Perera, McKelvie, Nadsady, Bioleome, Van Eeden, Clark, Morgan, and Nemec.  They come from the US and the UK...also from the Netherlands, Croatia, Germany,and our two sisters from Sri Lanka.                                                                

Sunday, August 29, 2010


On the 28th of July, twelve of our faithful Elders returned home...WITH HONOR!!!

Left to right:  Elder Bedford (Utah and Australia), Elder Hull (England), Elder Duckworth (Utah), Elder Hooper (Utah), Elder Heller (Germany), Elder Clawson (Utah), Elder Sasser (Kentucky), Elder Kennett (Canada), Elder Davidson (Utah), Elder Perry (Utah), Elder Richter (Germany), Elder Jette (Canada).

The "Passing of the Keys"....Assistant Jette to Assistant Stevenson

We love all of these Elders so much, and wish them well in all of their new adventures!!!  (At least one of them is already engaged....I'm not saying who!)

Just a few short hours later...we received this great group...
Front Row:  Elder McGregor (Utah), Elder Roberts (Utah), Elder Olsen (Washington), Elder Leavitt (Idaho), Elder Pulsipher (Utah), and Elder Sowell (Utah)
Back Row:  Elder Taylor (Utah), Elder Elgan (Utah), Elder Keddington (Utah), Elder Merrell (Pennsylvania),  Elder Zundel (Utah), Elder Mecham (Utah), Elder Hulet (Pennsylvania)

They all came ready and excited to go to work!!!  We're so happy to have them.

New Training Curriculum

We've received wonderful new training materials from SLC....helping us to refine our teaching, mainly by listening to the Spirit and by teaching people, not lessons.  The Elders who have received this training so far are very excited to implement it.  We did one session in Cardiff, and another in Sutton Coldfield.

Participants from northern half of mission...

Participants from southern half of mission...
We're so excited to see how these new methods bless our mission!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


While President Ogden does interviews with each individual missionary, the Assistants to the President and I enjoy spending time with the other missionaries.  They receive training, share ideas, socialize, and EAT!!!

We've just finished interviews for this transfer.  I love the opportunity of getting to know all of the missionaries better.