Our Mission in Ethiopia

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tomorrow is an exciting day for 10 members of our District in Ethiopia!  They are flying to Ghana to go to the Accra Ghana Temple!  I have been helping several of them with their Family History so they can do temple work for their deceased family members.  We attended Church in Debre Zeyit today and I was able to help Weynishet with her Family History using the MY FAMILY book.  Here she is with her fancy hairdo for the trip tomorrow!

We were asked to drive her to Addis from Debre Zeyit after
Church today since the flight is at 5:00 am in the morning!
We stopped by our house in DZ and picked mangoes, tomatoes,
beans and lettuce!

Bob had to get a picture with two of our favorite
guards at the Debre Zeyit chapel.  We miss seeing
them everyday...

I helped Meseret (Mesi) enter her family info on FamilySearch on 
Friday and got to hold cute Daisy, the youngest member 
of the group going to the Ghana Temple to be sealed!
Both Mesi and her husband Eyob are returned missionaries.

Daisy Eyob Daniel 3 months old

We had a FUN YM/YW Activity in the Meganagna Branch
on Saturday planned by Elder and Sister Moses. There were 
13 YM there (but no YW).... : /  They ate sloppy joes, played
human foosball and other games and we talked about Lehi's
Dream and holding to the rod.  We had 18 in our Seminary/
Institute class afterwards.

After class, I spent 2 1/2 hours with Solomon's Grandma, Zergi,
recording her family history names and dates (with the help of one
of our elders translating her Amharic) and Solomon was writing
his history too... He is the cutest thing! When Bob and I visit the
Meganagna Branch he runs to us and throws his arms around our
necks and kisses our cheeks in the parking lot!!

Ruth (12) and Yeabsra (8) came by to visit us just before we left
for the YM/YW activity Saturday.  I gave Yeabsra a little gift for
her birthday (which was Friday) and taught them to play a few tunes
on the keyboard I found upstairs in one of the closets! They loved it!
They picked up their July FRIEND magazine and Ruth gave us a
quiz on the June FRIEND.  Their family is Ethiopian Orthodox 
but Ruth LOVES the Church and reading the FRIEND and the
Book of Mormon and her parents don't mind.

I caught this perfect photo showing how the lines in the road and
the lanes have nothing to do with where the cars go.  There was
a 4th line of cars to the right of us on this two lane road Saturday.

This is for all the Mountain View TORO fans out there! This
would have been so much fun to have when our kids were TOROs!

Paul and Janna Morrell invited all the Meganagna missionaries
to lunch at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis one day.  We had a great time!
Elder Thornton is next to Elder Wold and Elder Muange from 
Kenya is in front.

Monday, June 23, 2014

We have had a fun June so far.  We are enjoying our seminary/institute class each Saturday in Meganagna.  We went to dinner at the new Alebnanny Restaurant (Lebanese) for Father's Day the Saturday before.  Then Elder and Sister Moses invited us over for dinner and games on Sunday to celebrate.  We skyped with Jeff's, Julie's and Jamie's families the next morning, which was Sunday night in Mesa.  Jon's family was in California and sent us these photos.

Last week we had the Hansens here from Uganda (Public Affairs couple) for a couple of days and then the Caspersons (1st counselor to Pres. Chatfield) also from Uganda.  He came to do temple recommend interviews  for the 10 members in the District going to the Ghana Accra Temple next week.  We took the Caspersons to The Face of Addis (Belvedere Italian Restaurant) for yummy food and a GREAT view of Addis Ababa!

Jon's family was at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor's Center 
Father's Day weekend and look what they found!! 

This is Jeff's Cooper, who just turned 2, wishing 
Grandpa Wold a Happy Father's Day on Skype!

Almost every night after 5:00 pm we have a basketball 
court full of TALL Sudanese guys! Two are members 
of the Meganagna Branch.

These two little girls were having a blast sliding
down this dirt hill outside the Belvedere Italian Restaurant.
They were covered in dirt!

Lunch with Elder and Sister Casperson from Riverton, UT
at the Belvedere Restaurant overlooking Addis
He is 1st counselor to our mission president and they live in Uganda.

Views from the Belvedere Italian Restaurant

If you look straight behind the building with the LG on it,
you can see the Meganagna Chapel with the steeple.

Addis Ababa from the Restaurant ~ The Face of Addis
(It was a little hazy and rainy that day so you can't see the mountains.)

This is the view of the Ethiopia Mission Office where we work
everyday and the basketball court next to it,  from the window 
of our seminary/institute classroom upstairs in the Meganagna Chapel.

Here are some of our seminary boys who attended last Saturday
and one institute student in the orange shirt.  The two on the right
 and the boy 2nd from the left are all from Sudan.

One more photo... this one is from our table at the Belvedere 
Restaurant today (Tuesday, June 24th), when we took President 
Habtu to lunch for his birthday.  He chose the Belvedere. 
Habtu (Esubalew Alemayehu Biru) is our District President
and also our Ethiopia Mission Office Manager.

Our friend, Tariku Addis Zamon (14), holding his
journal with a picture of Jason, who started the
home for 20 boys found alone out on the street,
where Tariku has lived since he was about seven.
He is in his school uniform.  
Tuesday, June 24th was the last day of school! 

This is a common scene on the way home from the office...
wheelbarrows of bananas and oranges for sale.

Another fruit stand on the corner of our neighborhood.

Just inside the entrance to our neighborhood on one side

It always makes me smile seeing guys wearing 
just the hood to a hooded jacket. 

I had to post this photo. This is the FIRST police car we have
ever seen in the whole country of Ethiopia!  It is brand new.
We hear there are seven of them!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Here are some more photos that I haven't posted yet....

These beautiful children are nieces and nephew of Salem in Debre
Zeyit.  We were at her house celebrating her 17th birthday but I
didn't get a good picture of her.  My battery died....

Josias, Sedona and Bitaniya

Salem's sisters, the cute moms of the three kids above

Bad hair day... but here we are enjoying dinner with them.

We tried skyping with Jamie's family and Blake 5 and Bryce 3,
turned on the computer and found us!! 

We have a big tree in our compound with about 7 of these cool
nests.  Four of them have come down with the windy days we
have had..... This is just ONE with 2 "rooms"!

Me at my desk in the Ethiopia Mission Office

Our friend, Tariku, in the Meganagna Branch made this for
me to put on my desk.

We have NEW trash bins across from our neighborhood right at 
the end of our street.  Every morning, people and animals are there
going through all the bags of trash... 

Every Wednesday we go to lunch with the other
senior couple serving here, Elder and Sister Moses.
Elder Moses is enjoying his "Mix-ed".

Sunday, June 8, 2014

More photos at the Haile Resort and on the drive home.....

This was written with some kind of black seeds
on top of a white tablecloth in the restaurant. 

Another view from the reception area….

We took the Awassa elders out to dinner at the Haile Resort
They are (L-R):  Elder Payne, Elder Self, Elder Clement
and Elder Keith (from Queen Creek).

Awassa is FULL of bajas.  They are EVERYWHERE!

Little shops along the road on the drive home

Some homes in villages along the way...

Handmade stools for sale on the roadside

As we drove through Debre Zeyit, this little guy was having a
ball running down the street with a plastic bag hanging from a

Almost home.... sunbeams were shining down
 on Addis through the clouds.  So pretty!