Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ending The Year with a Baptism

We finished out the year by attending a baptismal service for some of the newest members of the Jackson Branch.  Elders Dean and Hosea have been busy sharing the gospel with these families.IMG_0438

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Departing missionaries meet for Baptism

We met in Madison for a baptism, afterwards we gathered at the mission home for some time together before these wonderful missionaries returned home to their families.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mission Home for Christmas

Shane, Amy Jo and their sons Carson and Cade gave us the best gift ever!  Christmas with us in the Mission Home.  We had a wonderful time with them and enjoyed our visit with President Tucker’s brother Don and his wife Karla as well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More Christmas Visitors

We had a great time visiting with former missionary Brad Powell and his brother who spent some time with us in the mission home.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ridgeland Elders

Elders Judkins and Whiting paid a visit to the mission office while they were out visiting today.  We are grateful for their cheerful enthusiasm.

Staff Meeting

Today we officially welcomed Elder Kyle Garrett as a new Assistant to  President Tucker.  We appreciate the dedicated work of Elder Hoffman, he will complete his mission at the end of the month.DSC_0226

Changing of the Guard

Sister Hansen has been serving in our mission for the past couple of months, today she returned to Salt Lake to complete her mission, serving in the Salt Lake City, Temple Square Mission.  Sister Anderson arrived from the Temple Square Mission and will spend the next couple of months serving in our mission.  She will serve in Magnolia, Arkansas with Sister Hanley.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Visits

Saturday Becky, Shelby, and Lauren visited for the day.DSC_0207
Sunday former missionary Ben Davies and his parents stopped by for a visit, Monday former missionaries Kyle Bartholomew and Niall White along with his wife Kaylee visited us in the Mission Home.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Activity in Hattiesburg

We met with the rest of the mission on Friday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Traditions

We had a spiritual meeting in the morning, followed by lunch and an activity in the afternoon.  The day was completed with a video review of the year followed by a special gift from the missionaries family.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sleepover in the Mission Home

After the Zone Conference in Clinton, we let the missionaries spend the night so that we could have our Special Christmas Meeting/Activity the next day.  It was one big happy family in the mission home.DSC_0175

Special Zone Conferences

Elder Craig A Cardon toured our mission, Monday we met in Hattiesburg, and Tuesday we met in Clinton.  Each day we were fed spiritually and physically.  We appreciate the Relief Society sisters from the Purvis ward and Brandon ward who really had a nice lunch prepared for Elder Cardon and our missionaries. 

Shreveport, Monroe, Jackson & Clinton Zones

Zone Conference Lunch

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Airport Again

Elder Guerra who has been serving with Elder Sharp in Meridian is traveling to Brazil today, on our way to the airport I noticed an interesting sight in the sky, the sun was to the left but a reflection created a bright ball of light on the right. It may be called a Sun Dog – but I am not sure.   I love the beauty of the earth and sky.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Airport Trip

Today Elders Woolf and Djanie completed their mission and returned to home and school.  Many souls have been touched by their service. Later in the day Elder Vance arrived and will be trained by Elder Parker in Biloxi.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

We Attended Church in New Boston, Texas

President Tucker has a soft spot in his heart for Texas, because that is where he served his first mission.  We decided to make the 5 hour drive to visit the ward in New Boston.  We were greeted by our faithful missionaries.  Elder & Sister Konrad are such a strength to the members here and help out Elders Merrill and McGary whenever they need a ride or help teaching.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Zone Leader Council

December Zone Leader Council we focused on losing ourselves in the Lord’s work.  We need to remember Daily repentance, scripture study and love for everyone.  President David O McKay said, “The greatest battles you will fight will be within the silent chambers of your heart . . . If you surrender, if the Lord wins, you win also.  If you win, if your will prevails, you and the Lord both lose.  Lose yourself in the Lord’s work and you will win beyond your wildest imagination.”  New Zone Leaders this month are: Elders Dietz, Hansen, Higgins, Nielsen, and Redmon.DSC_0131