Our Mission in Ethiopia

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cute Meti with her COOL
braided hair after Seminary
        last Saturday

This tiny little guy came in under our balcony door
and crawled up our bedroom curtains!
This neighbor lady had her goats in front of our house one morning.
The babies were SO cute... but they walked away as I got 
my camera out.

Abraham planted tomatoes and zucchini behind the church in
the garden there and we have eaten SO many!  They LOVE 
my zucchini bread here.  They had never heard of it before!

There were over 20 dogs in a BIG pack in front of our car.
Just as I went to take this photo, half of them took off in 
another direction though...

Here are a few photos taken while driving to Addis through Kaliti…. 
Check out the guy on TOP of the truck and….

how CLOSE the trucks are to us on BOTH sides!
It is CRAZY driving through there….!!  : O

We have passed this cool building MANY times in Addis and
I finally took a picture of it!

The Elily Hotel in Addis
where we go to get our hair cut
by Minte

Someone's house along the side of the road between DZ and Addis

The Elders and a few RMs watching General Conference on
DVD in English upstairs, while all the rest of our branch 
watched it in Amharic down in the chapel on Sunday.

Chefs Dawit (with the chef hat on) and his friend,
Neby fixed lunch for the whole branch on
Saturday and served it Sunday between sessions.
It was yummy!
Dawit is in our Mission Preparation class.

Cute Netsanet is back home in Debre Zeyit,
after graduating in Accounting and Finance
from the University of Gondar.

Sammy in front and Abenezer on the left are
also both in our Mission Prep class.  Antenna
is an RM and YM Pres. in our branch.
We love all of our awesome young single adults!

Our crazy elders were told they could no longer
have a "missionary room" at the church so they
spoke for this closet….

Elder Wold is always saying, "Back away from the desk, (or
the phone) or the cookies"  so they are doing the up against the
wall search position….

We were sad to see Elder Agesa go….

Elder Bingham and Elder Workman with their breakfast
on the go of Endomie raw noodles and a coke. : /

Elder Payne's new companion, Elder Burdick
from Gunlock in southern Utah

Breakfast to welcome Elder Burdick to DZ

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Today was a fun day at Church!  Bob taught Gospel Doctrine, I played for Sacrament Meeting, Relief Society and the wonderful baptism of Yohannis Dilu.  I was asked, last minute. to teach all of the YW and the RS women (17 of them)!!  Thank goodness, before we left this morning,  I was prompted to grab all my notes from General Conference last weekend, that I wrote as I have watched all the sessions  during the week.  I was able to share the words of the Lord, through our prophet and apostles!

 It is our granddaughter, Katie's birthday this week, so I took her birthday treat to Nabyat and gave it to her after Church.  She is such a cutie and so is Jon's and Emily's Katie!!  Here are a few photos.

Nabyat is Ashebir's and Hiwot's youngest.
 She LOVED getting cookies today for our Katie's 6th birthday!

Here is our Relief Society and Young Women in the Debre Zeyit
Branch after my lesson today .... A BEAUTIFUL sight! 
(Had to take TWO pictures to fit all 17 of them in!

Sister Moses is on the left.... She and Elder Moses came and stayed
with us Wed. night on their way to Awassa and again last night on
their way home to Addis.  They attended our branch with us this morning.

I just HAD to post this cute picture of Efrem's 
and Yetim's girls in their school uniforms ready 
for the first day of school!!

It was a treat to get this photo from our Jon last Saturday!  He and our 
grandson, Nathan got to meet our Ethiopian District President Esubalew
Alemayehu Biru (Habtu) at the Conference Center! Habtu is visiting the U.S. this
month for his very FIRST time!  I realized they were both at the Conference Center
after the Saturday morning session of conference, so I emailed Jon and sent 
Habtu a facebook message and within minutes he called Jon and they met!! 

The view from our office upstairs in the chapel.
We had to move downstairs this week, since the 
mission presidency decided they did not want the
elders having a "missionary room" at the church
anymore.... We moved to their old room downstairs
to be close to the front door and see who is coming
and going in and out of the church during the week. 

Gideon Getachew (an RM) with his cute baby, Japheth.  Gideon's three 
younger brothers have also joined the Church ~ one while we have 
been here.  (He's wearing his brother's conference t-shirt since he is not a
single adult and didn't get to go to the conference…)

Elder Payne and Elder Agesa joined us in Debre 
Zeyit so we had them all over to breakfast. 

                                   My neighbor, growing up, Diane Howell Adams posted this 
                                   on Facebook.  Her house was here facing 800 North in Provo
                                   and the lot behind it was OUR HOME facing 380 West.... : /
                                   The Utah Valley Hospital (now Medical Center) has taken over
                                   our WHOLE neighborhood and half of our old ward!!