Sunday, April 29, 2012

Laurel Book of Mormon Fireside

The Laurel Branch accepted the challenge by the Branch Presidency  to read the Book of Mormon in four months. We were invited to speak to the members of the branch at the completion of their goal.  This was a wonderful activity that caused the branch members to have their testimonies of the Book of Mormon strengthened. President Tucker challenged them to pray to know who they could share the Book of Mormon with.

Sister Pinto Receives YW Recognition Award

Sister Pinto has been a member of the church for just a couple of years but has always done her best to set and accomplish goals to strengthen her testimony.  Sunday we had the privilege to  present her with the YW Recognition Award.  It was the only chance I have every had to act as a mother and place the recognition necklace around my daughters neck.  Thank you to Sister Pinto’s mom for allowing us to know and feel the great spirit Sister Pinto has to share.  Just for the record, Sister Pinto qualifies as a daughter in looks as well – she has brown eyes and is shorter than President Tucker and ISmile
We had a wonderful time attending church in Slidell and were greeted by the missionaries serving there.  We were greeted by Elders & Sisters Allen, Oviatt & Sisters Calaway and Larson, and managed to get a photo of Elders Reed, Sheriff and Sisters Pinto & Peterson

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Welcome Elder & Sister Miller

We are happy to welcome Elder and Sister Miller who will serve in the Office.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Brandon Ward

On Sunday we attended church in Brandon and were greeted by our dedicated missionaries, Elders Bricker, Nykamp, Burt, Milligan, Tucker and Sister B Tucker

Friday, April 20, 2012

Texarkana District

Elders Englert, Larson, Jones, Price, Sumsion, Sisters Platt and Ward

New Boston District

Elders Chapple, Johnson, Kington and Boyd

Bossier District

Elders Englert, Hardin, Shumway, Parker, Sisters Hawkes and Carter

Shreveport District

Elders Parker, Westbrook, Nokes and Shelley

Thursday, April 19, 2012

El Dorado District

Elders Kent, Brinkerhoff, Sisters Weir and Richards

Jonesboro District

Elders Percival, Matthews, Bench and Mossman

Bastrop District

Elders Petersen, Nebeker, Hickman, Dean and Henrie

Monroe District

Elder Hansen, Mendenhall, Crockett, Sisters VanRoosendaal, Findley, Elders Mclean and Bruderer

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brandon District

Elders Burt, Garrett, Nykamp, Bricker, Spangler, & Milligan

Greenwood District

Elders O’Sick, Bisel, Sommer, Jackson, Sister Oakes, Elder Oakes

Jackson District

Elders Bendel, Green, Whatcott, Clark, Hosea and Eisinger

Clinton / Hazlehurst Districts

We met with these two districts Wednesday morning, and somehow I got distracted and forgot to get their photos, but we have posted photos of both of these districts, Clinton in March and Hazlehurst just a couple of weeks ago.  I will post a new photo here when I see them again.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hattiesburg Zone Leaders

Elders Dietz and McMullin had a story to tell. While serving together several months ago in Greenwood, they were walking down a street and found a doll’s leg. They picked it up(as boys will often do) and put it in their pocket.  While serving again together in Oak Grove, over a year later, they found a doll shoe lying in the street.  They picked it up wondering if they had found the shoe that fit the foot of the leg they had found several months ago and as you can see, just like in Cinderella they had a match.  Now one of them carries the leg in his pocket and the other the shoe, and as happy missionaries they live “Happily Ever After”.

Meridian District

Sisters Chai & Harding and Elders Kerr & Blomquist

Hattiesburg District

Elders Ensign, Hatch, Merrill, Nielsen, Vance & Sharp

Purvis District

Elders Bolkom, Merrill, Carpenter, and Decker

Laurel District

Elders Whitlock, Jemmett, Marcum, Knight and Sister & Elder Ryan

Monday, April 16, 2012

Slidell District

Elders Wager, Earnshaw, Criswell, Reed, Sheriff, Schnurr, Sisters Pinto and Peterson

Ocean Springs District

Elder Ashby, Sisters McPheeters, Mapu & Judkins

Biloxi District

Elders Nielsen, Lundgreen, Souter, Aguero

Gulfport District

This week President Tucker interviews each of the missionaries.  It is the last chance we will have to meet with the missionaries for interviews.  I decided to take a photo of each of the districts.  The missionaries chose how they would pose for their districts picture.  Here we have Elders Rowley, Whitehead, Reil, Franke with Zone Leaders Sharp and Neunswander.

Nice Wheels


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gulfport Ward

We attended the Gulfport Ward and were greeted by Elders Rowley, Reil, Whitehead, Sharp, Neunswander and Franke.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Welcome Elder & Sister Kimpel

Elder & Sister Kimpel recently joined our mission as Military Relations Missionaries.  They spend their time strengthening the testimonies of the military personnel on Kessler Air Force Base.

Baptism in Ocean Springs

Sisters Mapu and McPheeters are pleased with the opportunity to share the Gospel with the newest member of the Ocean Springs Ward 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vicksburg-Old Court House Museum

April 2012 Seniors Conference

We met for a seminar by President Tucker and the Assistants followed by a visit to Vicksburg.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting Acquainted

Everyone had a good time getting to know each other while at the Mission Home.

Seniors Conference, Mission Home Dinner

All but Elder & Sister Allen were able to attend our Seniors Conference, we started with dinner in the Mission Home.  Sister Tucker had lots of good help as she prepared to feed everyone.

District Meeting in Hazlehurst

President Tucker spent the day with Elders Muller, Ison, Wadsworth, Phillips, Somppi and Sorensen at their district meeting this week.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Heading to Mexico

After a couple canceled flights Elders Fawcett and Avila are finally on their way to Mexico. 

West Monroe Ward

On Sunday we visited the West Monroe Ward and were greeted by Elder & Sister Atkinson along with Elders Bruderer and McLean.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Last Night in the Mission Home

A Great Time to Celebrate

These missionaries enjoy an evening in the Mission Home before returning to their families.  It is always a good conversation during dinner time for missionaries who have spent the past couple of years learning to love and teach the people in the South.  They are so happy to be all together and remember the first time they were in the Mission Home, and to realize just how much they have grown and changed.

Monday, April 2, 2012

First Night in Mississippi

After a long day everyone is happy to relax and rest at the Mission Home. The President and the Assistants show the new Elders their new assignment. They are so excited to find out where they will serve and who their new companion will be.   

Lunch and Orientation

Spending time with our newest missionaries and helping them learn how to be a Great missionary in the MJM

Spending time at the Airport

New April Missionaries

Welcome Elders Larson, Mossman, Crockett, Kent and Sorensen.  It was a Sunny warm day when they arrived but by late afternoon they all experienced a Mississippi rain storm.