Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some Images of the Tornado in Tuscaloosa

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who have been affected by the severe tornado outbreaks in the South. Our missionaries in Philadelphia and Clinton continue to help with clean-up efforts in their cities

Friday, April 29, 2011

Baptism in the Jackson Branch

We are thrilled for Laura who has decided to be baptized, making her the newest member of the Jackson Branch. We are grateful for the hard work of Elders Snider and Hatch.

Welcome Elder & Sister Petersen


Elder & Sister Petersen will be working as FamilySearch record preservation missionaries, serving in Jackson and attending the Florence ward.

Magnolia Trees

It is time again for the beautiful Magnolia blooms, they bloom all Summer with large impressive blooms.

New Assistant - Elder Christensen

We are pleased to have Elder Christensen serve as an Assistant to President Tucker. He is a wonderful missionary and is loved and respected by all. We appreciate all that Elder Knowlton has done and wish him the best as he prepares to return home to his family.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mississippi Tornadoes

As you can tell by the weather reports, a terrible chain of tornadoes crossed through and destroyed much in our mission. Many lives were lost, and many people have lost all that they have. As with this sacred work, our Heavenly Father is in the details of our lives. He continues to watch over, and protect His missionaries.

I am happy to report that although our missionaries have been close to the tornados as they have touched down, none of our missionaries have been hurt, all are safe. We reviewed in February our safety guidelines, and Sister Tucker told them that they would witness Tornados, many have witnessed them closer than we may want, but all have been safe.

We encourage our missionaries to render service to those effected as soon as it is safe to do so.

We know that the Lord continues to direct this work, and watches over His missionaries.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Missionary Fireside and Dinner in Shreveport

We met with the faithful ward missionaries of the Shreveport 2nd ward. We shared some ideas with them and demonstrated some role plays.

Mansfield Louisiana

We drove through Mansfield on our way back to Shreveport. Historically, Mansfield is remembered as the scene of the Confederate victory over General Banks, April 8, 1854. By routing the Red River Campaign to a climax and saved Shreveport and Texas from invasion.

Church in Coushatta

We attended Church in a small branch in Coushatta, Louisiana. We don’t have missionaries in this branch, it is in a small town. Most of the members of this branch are related to one another. The Primary Children sang for part of the Easter Program.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Baptism in Shreveport

Elders Reed and Bailey with Sister Johnson who was being baptized by Brother Moranto


Friday, April 22, 2011

What are the Chances?

We noticed this mobile home sporting a tree on it’s roof while traveling past Hattiesburg. The Bad News, during a recent severe storm, the one tree in the area fell right square on the mobile home. The Good News, somehow the mobile home was not crushed.IMG_1224

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Senior Missionary Conference

We met in Slidell with all of our Senior Missionaries for training, a tour of the Bishop’s Storehouse & the Employment Center and a delicious dinner provided by the Relief Society.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Atlanta Temple Open House

A Visit to Jim & Becky’s

On our way back to Jackson we visited family in Northern Mississippi

Before the Seminar in Atlanta

We had a few hours to spare before the seminar so we took a walk at a local park and shopped at Costco

Birmingham Alabama Temple

On Our Way to Atlanta, Georgia

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Mercede Benz Plant and the Birmingham Skyline

Mission President’s Interim Seminar

This year the wives of the Mission Presidents were invited to the Mission President’s Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. We decided to drive and to see some of the beautiful countryside along the way. Some of the highlights of our driving trip included the Birmingham and Atlanta Temples, the Mercedes Benz Plant, the NASCAR superspeedway Talladega and of course a Costco. We don’t have a Costco in our mission, just a Sam’s Club, it is one of our favorite places to shop. While at the Seminar we had a wonderful experience being taught by our Priesthood Leaders, Elder Gonzalez, Elder Malm, and Elder Gibbons. During the Seminar we all climbed on a bus to tour the newly renovated Atlanta Temple. Saturday we traveled home a different way and spent Saturday evening with family in Northern Mississippi. After attending church in Senatobia Mississippi Sunday morning, we made our way back home to Jackson

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gospel Principles Class Jackson Branch

We attended church at the Jackson Branch and were greeted by Elder & Sister Scott along with Elders Snider & Hatch and some of the friendly people attending the Gospel Principles Class.IMG_1142

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baptism in Kosciusko

Elders Nebeker and Davis are pleased with the decision Jaime made to be baptized SaturdayIMG_1124

Kosciusko Now

We first attended the Kosciusko Branch in August of 2009, these are some of the dedicated members of the Branch.

History of the Kosciusko Branch

While waiting for Jaime’s baptism, I had time to check into some of the history of the Kosciusko Branch.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Zone Leader Council

Another wonderful Zone Lead Council, we learned about how the Lord can teach us when we take the time to study. The zone leaders were given an opportunity to study, prepare and teach a short lesson during the council. The assistants helped us learn about utilizing the atonement in our lives.