To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

Sunday, November 22, 2015

When we had Elder Marcus B. Nash here we had 2 zone conferences. We had great people taking pictures of them. Then, things went wrong with an email and it's taken a little while to get these on the blog.

Eugene, Corvallis, Springfield, Santa Clara, and northern Coos Bay zones with Elder Nash and his wife, Shelley.

Roseburg, Medford, Central Point, southern Coos Bay, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls zones also with 
Elder and Sister Nash

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Recently President Russell and I attending our semi-annual mission president's seminar. This time it was held in Snoqualmie (near Seattle), WA at the Salish Lodge. We have 3 days of instruction from our leaders: Elder Richard J. Maynes, Elder Daniel L. Johnson, Elder Steven B. Allen, Elder James J. Hamula (and the mission president's wives are also taught by their wives).
We come back excited and filled with ideas to help our missionaries in the upcoming Zone conferences, Specialized training, interviews, etc. 
On a side note; it had been raining pretty hard all morning (pretty much every morning) and the executive secretary, Rich Monnie, came in and told us the picture would be taken out on the terrace and he had been praying all morning for a clearing long enough for us to take the picture.
We finished our morning sessions and went outside for the picture, 
and it had stopped raining! 
As soon as the pictures were taken it started to rain again.
I believe in the power of prayer!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We had the privilege of having Elder and Sister Marcus B. Nash of the First Quorum of the Seventy visit our mission. We held two zone conference, but time was so limited that I didn't get pictures. We did have a little more time 
during MLC.

 Left; Elder Workman, President and Sister Russell, Sister Shelley Nash, Elder Marcus B. Nash, and Elder Colton Nash (no relation that we know of yet).

 One more shot. 
We break for lunch!

Notice how Elder Bonham won't turn his face toward the camera. Elder Provstgaard, Elder Lambson, Elder Harper (on the right) and Elder Bearss and Elder Russell on the left have no problem smiling for me.

Another lunch bunch: Left: Elders Strech, Kyle Adams, Nash, Workman, Goode and Perrine all pause for this photo op.

Check out Elder Earl, Elder Wells, Elder Thurgood, Sister Allen, Sister Clawson, Sister Geisler, and Sister Moore on the left, and Elders Campbell, Roller, Hinton, and Sisters Stucki, Doxey and Vance on the right.

From the other end of the table.

 Selfie with Sister Moore
Sister Adams, Sister Yeung, Sister Frandsen, Sister Carter, Sister Weaver, and Sister Brownlee facing us on the left. Sister Connelly, Sister Peterson, Sister Jones, and Sister Holiday on the right.

Now to the almost all Chinese table: Starting on the left; Elder Crowell (not Chinese), Elder Kung, Elder Wong,
and Elder Huang.

From the other side of the table, on the left; Sister Newell and Sister Bingham, and now you can see Sister Ansus.

President Russell works on his notes while Sister Nash enjoys lunch.

President Cropper and President Lowary are also pausing for a little refreshment.

Elder Bonham, I can wait patiently for you to face me!

Lunch is over and we are getting back to our seats.

But it's still fun to talk some more while we return to our seats.

 Elder Crowell is hurrying back to his seat!

And, he made it!
The leadership of the Oregon Eugene Mission with Elder and Sister Nash

President Russell and I went to Seattle for our semiannual mission president's seminar. A few days before we left we bought two pumpkins to sit by the front door. When Elder Nash and Elder Workman brought us home from the airport, we noticed they had carved the pumpkins. You can see the awesome carving of the Savior, and the other one says, "Fishers of Men". They are incredible!!!