The sign says not to climb up these ancient steps of a monastery built in the 9th century AD, on the north shores of Cyprus, so this cute man just sat on them.
Beautiful architecture of a time long ago, when Catholic Monks lived within this massive structure.
We found one of the few members of the church in Northern Cyprus, David, who graciously showed us the sights.
Northern Cyprus has some beautiful mountains that made me homesick for Utah and Idaho. Can you see Dad, like Samuel the Lamanite crying repentance from the wall? No arrows, however.
We ate at a really quaint little restaurant owned and operated by this nice man, his wife and cute daughters. We didn't have a Romanian Book of Mormon. We need to be more prepared--oh, and also no proselyting on the Turkish side, yet!
The sweet little girls served us the delicious lunch.
This week we got to go to Zone Conference in Nicosia so I snapped this photo of Elders Rahal and Christensen. He has always been one of our favorites.
Last Sunday we invited a few people for lunch after church. It just kept growing and growing until we had 14 of us! It really felt like having the family over at home, except we didn't have any leftovers!
We had a nice surprise today when Elder Wirthlin's son, Elder Joe Wirthlin and wife, came for lunch with our mission president. So, so enjoyable. His sister, Anne Farnsworth, was mission mom in Florida when Waltman's served there a few years ago, so it was fun to say nice stuff about them. It was also very enjoyable to have them tell about growing up in a home where their father became an apostle of the Lord. This Elder Wirthlin will be a mission president in July serving in New York.
We love to include our wonderful district of elders Wilderspin, Nicholls, Neville and Jensen pictured here with new member Mariellena. She speaks only Greek, so the elders translated everything that was said for her.
President and Sister Charles with the elders, listening to Elder Wirthlin. We love these wonderful people--such a dynamic mission president. They give their all to all, all of the time. We will miss them greatly as they leave for home (England) in July.
Couldn't download my cat picture, so you get this. Not quite as cute, but not an animal to disrespect! They always look ready to spit! Did I forget to mention that we LOVE our mission!