Our Mission in Ethiopia

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Here are some more pictures we have taken with Julie and Jeremy since they arrived....

We were SO HAPPY to see Julie and Jeremy at the airport!!
Our YW after Church with two Primary boys

The Ethiopian tie Bob ordered and some of the other things the kids brought to us

SO fun to be with our Julie!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Amharic

Our beautiful chapel in Debre Zeyit

The view from our office window at the church

Eyob and Dagim ~ Ashiber's nephews in our branch

Yummy bread in Grace Supermarket

Grace has ICE CREAM!

Our chapel

Julie with Gebrella, Meheret, and Salem

Our Seminary girls and Abraham

At the new Pyramid Hotel on Lake Bishoftu

The new Pyramid Hotel

Lake Hora

Handmade little stools are sold along the roadside

At Sabana for lunch with the Tanners

Little kids near the path to Arsi Negele Falls

On our hike to Arsi Negele Falls

Mustafa, our guide and a little girl in the village

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Julie and Jeremy flew into Addis on Saturday morning!  They got here 45 minutes early! So we were JUST going into the airport when they were coming out! It was SOOOO exciting!! Julie yelled, "Mom! Dad!" She and I both cried!  We drove to Debre Zeyit and unpacked the things they brought us and then drove to Kuriftu for the lunch buffet. We took them to see our chapel and meet the missionaries then came home.  We visited until they finally crashed at 7:30 pm and went up to bed!

Today, they attended our Debre Zeyit Branch and Julie taught the Primary sign language to I WILL FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN FOR ME.  I tried to entertain Wongie (Wongelawit, 2) during Sharing Time and took a "selfie"....
Jamie tried to fit in Julie's suitcase when she went
over to help her pack.... : /

Taken by Jeremy at the airport after their LONG flight

SO happy we cried!!

Some goodies we can't get here!! 

Some of the things Julie and Jeremy brought to us

Wenisihat in Ethiopian traditional dress going into Church

A "selfie" of Wongelawit (2) during Primary
as I held her on my lap trying to keep her
entertained and happy Ü

Julie teaching sign language in Primary

Twins, Feraol and Naol (5) with Blake's picture and
a treat for his 5th birthday yesterday

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We just LOVE the Bujingo family from Beklobet Branch.  They are refugees from the DR Congo and have been in Ethiopia for 6 years.  They speak their native language, and also Amharic and English. They have a chance to go to the U.S. and MAY be leaving in the next few weeks!  Ines and Yvette are AMAZING young women!  Philip is their cute brother and their niece, Aliyah, also lives with them and with their mother, Godelive. They sang in our district choir with our Debre Zeyit Branch.  We had 47 sing with us ~ including ALL the full-time elders who joined us!! They sang the EFY Medley "As Sisters in Zion" and "We'll Bring the World His Truth" for a special number and then "How Great Thou Art" in Amharic for the Closing Hymn.  It was WONDERFUL!! There were lots of tears in the congregation!!

Lemma and his three teenagers who are recent converts in our branch
are with the missionaries who taught them and have now been transferred
to other areas.  We MISS them! Also Motuma, 2nd from the right, is an
AWESOME investigator, who is in our Institute class EVERY week!

Here are 40 of the 47 who sang in our District Choir at District
Conference, Sunday, February 16th in Meganagna with Ashenafi,
our director and me, the accompanist after the conference. Ü

Some of our CUTE Debre Zeyit Branch Young Women 
with Fita (13) and Kaleab (10) who sang in the District Choir.

We are AMAZED at all the fun ways our girls fix their hair! Braids are the big thing here.  We see LOTS and LOTS of really cool hairdos with braids!!  Their hair is really curly so sometimes they leave it in curls too.  It is almost always pulled back.  Here are some photos we took today!  They are all in their school uniforms since they come to our Seminary class after school.

Here is Ines on Saturday at District Conference

Fun, crazy Yvette just being herself with
her cute SHORT hair.
(Note the Young Womanhood medallion!)


Gebrella (whose hair is nearly to her waist)
She does her own hair.

Meheret ("Tutu") with curls today
This is Meti at District Conference
Feb. 16th
Cute Israel, Gebrella and Rediate's
sister at Conference Feb. 16th

Three more hairstyles (March 2014)
Salem's curls

Tigist's cool zig-zag braids ~ done by Meheret, her sister

Yelamdar's hair on her baptism day

Ines and Yvette Bujingo's niece,
Aliyah, from the DR Congo with her piggy tails
Tutu's and Tigist's friend Beti (taken a few weeks ago)
She has added black "thread" that is like having
extensions added to the ends of her own hair.

Yelamdare's braids on top are twisted around in a circle
March 8th

Meheret did these fancy braids in Yetimwork's hair for Church on Sunday
March 16th

Here is Tutu (Meheret) with long braids (which they call a wig).
Thread is woven in with her own hair which is much shorter 
and darker.   (April 2)

We visited another of the lakes around Debre Zeyit the other day! This is Lake Hora.  It was SO pretty! We loved watching the ducks and pelicans on the lake.

Happy Valentine's Day!
I have the BEST COMPANION in the world!

Efrem joined Elders Self, Ferrara and Makuku for breakfast.