Again this week we made many new friends. Here I am with a couple of the branch members, Lea and Lynn, who we had to our apartment for dinner after church. We love these girls! There are about ten Philipino girls in the branch that have left their families to earn money. They send almost every cent back to the Philipines for their families' support. Amazing young Latter day Saints!
We always invite our good elders to join us, Elders Norguard, Psota, (withValentin, the branch councilor) Rahal and Held. We are with these great missionaries almost everyday as we teach people here in Larnaca whom the Lord has prepared.
We had our first zone conference in Nicocia on Monday. It was a service project with all the missionaries in Cyprus. Here are the only two young sisters missionaries on the island greeting some ladies at a nursing home using only Greek to communicate.
We even sang to them in Greek-- well, Elder Christensen and I did a lot of humming of the familiar Christmas Caroles. There were 16 young elders, 2 sisters and 4 couples, including the mission president and his sweet wife. Hopefully we brought some joy to these wonderful older people.
You can see how much joy Elder Christensen is bringing to this fine Cypriot lady. At least he was having fun!
|Some of the GREAT missionaries!|
The young missionaries even provided some great food for the Zone Christmas Party, with a little help from the senior couples. The day was wonderful as we arrived early and stayed late. Not only did we get to do service, but had lots of instruction and fun. Elder Christensen and I were pretty tired when we finally let the last elders off at their apartment at 10:30 PM. We LOVE our mission!
Here are a few more pictures just for the grandkids!
You all know I love cats! Here is a stray that looked fairly clean, so I had to try to convert him. You can see the Book of Mormon in my hand.
I didn't have any milk, but I nice lady gave me a piece of salami (meat) so I could symbolicly convert this cat to me and the gospel. That is really the way the Lord wants us to teach these fine Cypriots, gently guiding them with love and kindness to feast for themselves on the goodness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
My first convert! No I won't baptize him as I did all those kittens when I was five years old! I love each one of you 34 amazing grandchildren, and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
Love, Grandma (and Grandpa) Christensen.