Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Year Update


The mission is going well.  Yesterday we taught Institute at 11:45, had church from 1:00-4:00 and then had a break-the-fast potluck dinner at 4pm.   (In other words, we are at church from about 10 am to 5:30 pm.)

Break-the-Fast Potluck at the new EBYSA Branch
I love the testimonies we heard during the Fast and Testimony Meeting.  Some of the "kids" share their personal religious struggle and how they came to be strengthened and know that the gospel is true.  One fellow reflected on a girl's testimony at BYUI who said that "I don't have anything profound to say" and then went on to tell the basics of the restoration of the church in these latter-days.  He said the truth in its simplicity is beautiful and gave him a sweet witness that it is true.

Rog is serving as 1st counselor in the East Brunswick Young Single Adult Branch Presidency.  Their main challenge is staffing a new unit and finding the members listed on the rolls.  Missions, marriages and turnover of college students probably make the YSA rolls bigger than they need to be.  The branch covers the whole East Brunswick Stake, which compares in territory to the distance from Provo to Ogden and Park City to Tooele, UT. The population within the stake boundaries is about 1.5 times the state of UT.   Therefore, it can be hard to find lost people.  The biggest challenge for our members is transportation, since many do not have cars and some live as much as 1 1/2 hours away from our meeting house.   We find it wonderful that some actually make the trip every Sunday.  Those who have cars are appreciated for providing rides to others.
EBYSA Branch.  First meeting on Nov. 20, 2011.  Counselors Dixon & Sierer in back and Pres. Eck on right.

We have been called to work in the Manhattan Temple on Tuesday afternoons, and enjoyed our first shift last week. 
In Dec. at Christmas time we had a delightful All-Mission conference during which we were entertained by Alex Boye of the Tab Choir, son-in-law of Mission Pres. John Jeppson.  We also met a young missionary that many of the mission aged kids in our ward back home would know:  Elder Beus, a good friend of Jake Jensen.  
Alex Boye, Elder Dixon, Elder Beus

Sister Jeppson's table settings are always colorful and inviting.
Deanne is always impressed with the entertainment skills of our Mission President's wife!  

Here is the group of sister missionaries at a Christmas gathering at the Mission Home. I'm in the middle of the middle row.

East Brunswick Mission, Sister Missionaries 1/2/2011

1 comment:

  1. That's pretty incredible how huge your stake (and branch) boundaries are! It's neat that some are dedicated enough to travel so far each Sunday. That would make spending 10 am to 5 pm at church even more rewarding.