Thursday, April 5, 2012

Following the Footsteps of Paul and Maybe Lazarus

We went to Salamis, Cyprus last Saturday to tour the amazing ruins  where Paul and Barnabus first stepped on Cyprus. These ancient Roman/Greek columns date back to 1100 BC. I especially loved this ancient statue of the Geek God Vigil!

Elder Christensen looks a little more down to earth here.

A road the Apostle Paul could have walked on, and it would have been old then.

Elder and Sister Niebuhr, serving in Nicosia, showed us the sights. 

We loved being where the Apostle Paul walked, but we didn't really come to sight see, we came to meet with these amazing Nigerian members, students at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta.

Jolly, Godwin, Benson and Destiny were such a delight to be with for a couple of hours.  We had the sacrament together and bore testimony to each other.  It was such a sacred and sweet moment. They are not able to come to church as they are restricted to the north side of Cyprus, where the church is prohibited.  Thankfully, the Turkish government does allow some freedom of worship for the students on this campus.

We felt such a close connection to these kids immediately.  How I wish they could have the blessings of  the gospel with them always. 

It was hard to say good bye, not knowing when we would see them again, but hopefully they will hang together until we can get a church group organized for them.

So today was Preparation Day and we took the elders in our district with us to St. Lazarus Church.  

What great missionaries, Elders Neville, Jensen, Nicholls and Wilderspin.

You can't keep the glow out of their eyes even in a different church.

We bought a few icons to remember the patron saints--these are of St. George.  I think he slew a dragon or something in Britain?  Can't remember, but these two British Elders know!

I couldn't resist taking this cute picture of Elder Jensen outside a flea market.

Or this one of Elder Wilderspin giving this store owner The Book of Mormon.  These elders never give up spreading the gospel to all they meet--even on Preparation Day.  That is just another reason,

I can't take credit for this one, I got the cat pic of the week from Cannon's FB.

Fluff Dog Millionaire!


  1. I LOVE these photos! Thank you so much for taking such good care of our Elder Nicholls!!

  2. I liked the first picture caption of the Geek God. I really like following the blog, it makes it feel like I'm there with you, mom. Thanks for updating it so frequently. You da bomb

  3. I'm glad you got some visitors--it looks like you had a party! You are in a beautiful place.