To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

To the Friends and Family of President and Sister Russell

Friday, December 23, 2016

Zone conferences in December are always fun. We take as many gifts to the missionaries as we can fit into the car, with our luggage, the Assistants and their luggage, the electronics needed to show our power points,etc., plus all the candy and special gifts from president Russell and me. This pretty much takes up every space in the SUV. This is Elder Dopp in the back seat with boxes on his lap--It's only a three and a half hour drive to Klamath Falls. (Elder Holman has boxes on his lap, but I can't turn that far to take his picture.)

The boxes work to Elder Dopp's advantage, he has a built-in desk.

                                                       Our first zone conference is in Klamath Falls.

I try to get around with my phone to take shots of the missionaries eating lunch. Some days work out better than others. 

Some have discovered me taking their pictures.
 Nothing like that totally satisfied feeling after an awesome lunch! The Woolleys are 
feelin' good!

We celebrate all the birthdays since the last zone conference. This is Klamath Falls zone. We give them a toothbrush.

The Klamath Falls Zone

 Birthdays in Grants Pass, Medford, and Central Point!

The Central Point Zone

The Medford Zone

The Grants Pass Zone

The object lesson: taking a big bite out of an orange; first it's not so great, but then it's incredibly sweet! Just like some investigators, also, some missionary's first few months out.                                              (Elder Broshears in a good sport!)

 Birthdays in the Coos Bay Zone

The Coos Bay Zone

 Lunch in the Springfield and Roseburg zones

Everyone is pretty engaged eating and talking

...and happy! Everyone is feeling great!!

Elder Danley and Elder Mabey are taking care of the cars in the mission. They inspect them at every zone conference, which includes checking the oil, tire pressure, and many other things. Sometimes the weather is nice, but most of the time it's pretty cold and wet! These are troopers! We're so blessed to have them serving in this great mission!

Birthdays in Roseburg and Springfield.

The Springfield Zone

The Roseburg Zone

 Birthdays in Eugene, Santa Clara, and Corvallis zones

The Santa Clara Zone

The Corvallis Zone

 and last, but not least;

The Eugene Zone

We love our missionaries! We are so blessed to be able to celebrate the Savior's birth 
with them.
Merry Christmas!!!
May the Lord's choicest blessing be yours as you share your precious children with us!