To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 Holy bread fight! Who  is going to win?? Will it be Elder Sorenson? or will this nice sweet lady take him down?!!

President Russell is interviewing all of the missionaries. While he does, the Assistants instruct the rest of the missionaries.
 The Assistants are teaching about Facebook. They played Jeopardy!
This one Sister Sterling and Elder Arias are trying to answers this question first.
 Here Elder Georgia and Elder Heaton are deep in concentration.
Elder Shaw nailed it!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The last night as full-time missionaries. Elder Johnson contemplates the future. Elders Sudweeks, Tanner, Bethea, and Ohlwiler move the chairs to the dining room for the last time. 

The last group picture!

Elder Tanner had to be to the airport at 5:00 a.m.

The rest of the missionaries didn't leave until 1:00 p.m. So, to keep busy, they played Skipbo.

 It was very intense!!!
 Good bye! We love you!!

And then, the next day, Hello! Welcome to the OEM!!!

Arriving at the mission home. 

They begin a new chapter in their lives.A

President Russell gives instruction.

These new missionaries are already very prepared.

They listened intently.

And then, we had lunch out on the patio.  
Sister Murdock, Sister Stenberg, Elder Strech, and Elder Jarrard, Elder Chang, Sister Hall, and Sister Linstedt.

 "We enjoyed MTC food....well, kind of. But this is really good!!

                         The Fluckigers  are enjoying a little break. They work very hard!

 Elder Hyde looks on as Elder and Sister Christensen take a minute to relax (it doesn't happen very often).

 Hi, mom!
After a night at the mission home, teaching with other missionaries, they are ready to go!

  And here we are all together with their companions! They all look so good!
We went to Grants Pass (and lots of other areas) for the President to interview. We were asked to dinner by The Three Musketeer-ettes; Sister Aldous, Sister Cathro, Sister Shirley. It was delicious! Sister Dougherty and Sister Sands brought dessert. 

 We went to the Roseburg ZTM. See how serious and reserved they are, but wait......

What happened?!!! They are so cute!

We stopped by Crater Lake on our way home from Medford. The lake looks so serine. The temperature was about 35 degrees and we didn't have coats. It was definitely worth freezing for this view. 

It was quiet and I'm sure we were the only ones up here at the time (I'm sure regular people were keeping warm somewhere else).

"So,  if I had my 5 iron, how far could I put the ball out there?"

 The words "High on a Mountain Top" come to mind.

My smile is really my teeth chattering! But this was SO worth it!

We used a timer to take this picture, it looks like we are all tilting and ready to fall off...but we didn't.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

 The newest additions to the OEM, the greatest 
mission on earth.

Elder Best

Elder Fernlius
 Elder Scott
 Sister Stenberg
 Sister Linstedt
 Sister Murdock
 Sister Sands
 Elder Jarrard
 Elder Billmire
 Elder Chang
 Elder Strech
Sister Hall
Elder Kimber

Elder Sorensen/Elder Jarrard                Elder Fernlius/Elder Watson

Elder Kimber/Elder Ross                        Elder Chang/Elder Blair

Sister Murdock/Sister Hillner                   Elder Billmire/Elder Pickett
Elder Anderson/Elder Best                     Sister Linstedt/Sister Chalfant
Sister Roylance/Sister Stenberg             Sister Sands/Sister Doughtery 
Elder Scott/Elder Jardine                         Sister Duenas/Sister Hall
Elder Fowler/Elder Strech

We love our missionaries!!