Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clay in the Potter's Hands

A mission has made us feel like the Lord is working in us, helping and blessing us.  More importantly, He is molding us into beings that we were incapable of becoming on your own in the comfort of our home and life back in Oklahoma.

We got a chance to go to Paphos, to a pottery shop and watch a potter mixing his clay

and carefully molding it into a pot.

It made us realize that we are not the only ones being molded by the Master Potter.

Here are Ruta, Godwin and their baby Beatrice.  It is so wonderful to teach this little family and see the Lord working in them and witnessing their conversion process.

These great elders in our district, Gibbons, Yates, Jensen and Nicholls, are also being molded.

We visited some ancient ruins with the other senior couples, The Tombs of the Kings in Paphos.

Sisters Smith, Niebuhr and me.  Yes, it was very hot!

Our good husbands, Elders Smith, Niebuhr and Christensen.

One of the many tombs under excavation on a very hot morning in Paphos.

By the water front area of Paphos.

Elders Jensen and Gibbons helping with the dishes after a Sunday dinner and discussion.

A nice bunch of Fillapino girls from the branch with a couple of non LDS made for a fun Sunday afternoon in our flat.

We took our district on a little Preparation Day activity to Cape Grecho in the southeast corner of Cyprus.

Zone Conference on July 5th helped mold these great Danes, Elders Held, Norgaard and Jensen.

Sisters Roberts, Almeida and Niebuhr.

Our new mission president, President Freestone, came to Cyprus!  He is in the center front.  Sadly Sister Freestone was ill that day.

Elders Niebuhr and Held

Nigerian students, Godwin, Destiny and Jolly in Famagusta, face lots of trials and molding so far from any branch of the Church in Northern Cyprus--Turkish occupied side.

A Turkish lady molding pita bread in the street.  It was delicious!

One of the sweet Fillapino girls that we get to help teach, Josie, with Elders Jensen and Nicholls.

And a cute little pair of Turk side cats finish up this post.  Our life is so full of varied and wonderful experiences. It is truly hard to get them all in, but we love our mission and are grateful everyday for the Lord's gentle molding hands in our lives here in Cyprus.  Thanks for reading!


  1. Pretty sweet blog, mom. Did you buy any of that pottery in Paphos? You should. Seems like a good thing to remember from Cyprus.
    Also, was dad using an umbrella to block the sun? Oh man, being a missionary has turned him soft. ha

  2. Thanks for sharing Aunt Lucy. The mission is blessed to have you. I love your analogy of the clay pots.

  3. You look happy with all those girls in your flat. That's a lot of work! The ocean view in the background of all of your pictures is amazing and beautiful. Do you ever get sick of it?

  4. Some more wonderful photos!! We love the analogy of the potter molding you all. Thank you for the things you do as missionaries that help to mold our son Elder Nicholls!!