On Wednesday January 13, 2016 Elder and Sister Woolley arrived in the PPM form Driggs Idaho. They will be serving in the Fairview Ward and YSA Branch in the Gettysburg District. We welcome them and are so grateful to have them join the Royal Army of missionaries serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh mission!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016
"Stay on the steep end of the learning curve!"
As we are willing to continue to learn and grow even though it means many times we may be uncomfortable and willing to do things out of our comfort zones, our lives are blessed and we have joy and meaning in our lives that we could never experience. We also come to know our need for our Savior and His willingness to help and bless us as we strive for perfection.
Fortunately we have prayer, scriptures and other inspired resources to help us learn to receive the Savior's many gifts to help us!
Here is a quote from one of the missionaries:
"President, I wish everyone was better at using the adjusting to missionary life booklet. That book has blessed my life in the hardest of times. Got trusts us, he knows we are strong, but he has given us valuable resources and we need to use them! We have been reading and studying that booklet every morning doing companionship study and I have felt this huge weight just lifted off my shoulders. It helps so much with stress and the every day problems that come with serving a mission. It helps you realize that you're not crazy! Ha ha I need that sometimes! Especially now that the weather is changing, the holidays are here, I feel like a lot of missionaries are going to start struggling (maybe not, hopefully I'm wrong) but either way, I know that the adjusting to missionary life booklet will help them! I still need it, and I've only got blank weeks left, ha ha!" -Missionary writing to President Johnson
6 Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.
Meeting with individual districts this month and conducting interviews. . .
Elders Goeckeritz, O'Keefe, Sisters Thompson, Harlan, Hansen, Johnson, President and Sister Johnson
Elders Duffy, Hinckley, Sister and Pres. Johnson, Elders Gray and Parke
Left: Elders Hebdon, Pennington, Klima, Mueller, Pres. Johnson, Elder Cahoon
Sisters Welch, Wall and Johnson
Sisters Canseco, Wyasket, Faamaile, and Douglas
Pres. Johnson, Elders Smedley, Baker, White and Coburn
Sisters Sears, Amendola, Johnson, Smith and Hokafonu
Elders Wilson, Pres. Johnson and Elder Ross
Back left: Pres. Johnson, Elder Stevens, Elders Casper, Spencer, Elliot and Hansen
Front: Sister Johnson, Elder Gates, Sisters Sibley and Roberts
Sisters Huffaker, Kwasney, Evenson and Smith
Elders Liston, Masina, Tengberg and Shephard
Front: Sisters Wilson, Robinson, Johnson, Landa and Blackwell
Back: Elder Eubanks, Ibarra, President Johnson, Elders Andrade and Pirzadeh
Front: Elder Bryant,nSister Johnson, Elder Ord
Back: Elders Gee, Bramwell, Pres. Johnson, Elders Cook and Walker
Camp Hill District
Sisters Blake, Durrant, Johnson, Simpson and Young
Elders Ramos, Ashton, President Johnson, Elders Williamson and Johnson
Sisters Forrest, Johnson and Talbot
Elder Renteria, President Johnson, Elders Tunquist and Van Leeuwen
Sisters Jex, Johnson and Wadsworth
Elders Smith, Perry, Wadsworth, Pres. Johnson, Elders Wilt, Woodbury and Rose
Elders Camp, Bowers, English, Hatch, Sisters Wells and Azucena
Pittsburgh 6th District
Seated on couch: Elder and Sister Clarkson, Sister and Elder Christensen,
Front Row: Elder Gehrke, Bryant, Woll and Wilkins
Standing middle, Elder Adams,
Back row: Elder Elkins, Elder Taylor, President John Hanson, Elders Tidwell and Uchityl
Front : Sisters Hamblin, Johnson and Penrod
Kneeling : Sisters Oliver and Huffaker
Standing: Sister Maya, Elder Mink, Sister Beutler, Elder Schofield, Rackham and Hoyt
Front: Elders Ekins, Hyer, Holiday and Draper
Middle: Elder Halls Sister Johnson, Elder Foster
Back: Elders Richens, Millis, President Johnson, Elder Boyes and Elder Kap
Elders Harley and Posada
Sisters Hales, Ewing-Di Bari, President and Sister Johnson, Sisters Hartman and DeMille
Sisters Durfee, Crockett, Johnson, Taunima and Crisp
Elders Loreto, Kotter, Baxter and Cuthbert
Elder and Sister Samuelson and Sister and President Johnson
Elders Herzog, Saylor, Hansen, President Johnson and Elder Haroldsen
Sisters Hokafonu, Meyers, Schofield, Johnson and Bartlett
Sisters Busath and Birch
Elders Aitken, Hyer, Holladay and Bates
President and Sister Johnson and Sister and Elder Hanson
Elders Beal, Woods, Robertson, Baumgarner, Holman and Wilson
North Side District
Front: Elders Howard, Syndergaard and Bell
Back: Elders Simmons, Lundberg and Devey
Pittsburgh 7th District
Front: Elders Gull, Worsham, Lundgren and Garduno
Back: President and Sister Johnson, Sister and Elder Butler
Elders Montgomery and Redd
Sisters Roberts, Johnson, President Johnson, Sisters Allen and Campbell
Elders Scott, Cooley, President and Sister Johnson, Elders Haskins and Griffins
Kneeling: Elders Cluff and Averett
Elders Hawley, Davis, Gille, President Johnson, Elder Hughes, La-Fon and Mills
Sisters Bennett and Noorlander (from Hershey district), Sisters Johnson, Ewell and Davis
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
At the airport in Pittsburgh saying farewell to our son Andrew as he heads back to Utah to pack up and report to the MTC on January 6. He will be serving in the France Lyon Mission.
Good morning Pittsburgh! On our way out to Altoona this was the hug we received from our Creator!
Zone Leaders and Sister Trainers come together for the day to counsel together on ways to improve missionary work in the PPM.
Back left: Elders Masina, Liston, Averett, Scott, Loretto and Cuthbert
Middle left: Sisters Davis, Ewell, Busath, Birch, Johnson and Roberts
Front left: Elders Gray, Devey, Parke and Bryant
Back left: Elders Gee, Ord, Sisters Durfee, Crockett, Sears and Smith (Elder Clarkson visiting)
Middle: Elders Bell, Hyer, Holiday, Gille and Mills
Front left: Elders Smedley, Baker, President Johnson and Elder Miller
"Leadership assignments must never be viewed as a way to obtain personal recognition or advancement, but rather as opportunities to serve others, to develop greater love, and to learn (see Ezekiel 33–34; 2 Nephi 26:29–30). Like all callings in the Church, each assignment has its own importance; an assistant to the president is no more important than any other missionary."
“Jesus … said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25–28).
Sunday, January 10, 2016
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalms 16:11)
Best wishes and many thanks for your faithful service!
Elders Harper, Gamble and Kocherhans with Elders Redford, Klima and Ginos behind.
Elder Harper and Elder Whitmire
Elder Hebdon with President Johnson
Friday, January 8, 2016
In December we welcomed fifteen new missionaries into the PPM! Winter storms and heavy travel time through the holidays caused delays and a two day stay in Detroit for some of the group. We were relieved and excited to finally greet them at the airport!
"As a disciple of Christ we can ask for more energy, more revelation, more patience, more self-discipline, more help, more love, more healing, more happiness. We can ask for miracles, for freedom from pain, and for the desire to forgive. We can ask for more faith and for help and becoming better disciples. We can ask for angels to walk with us, because if we live up to our privileges, they just can't be restrained from being our associates. We can also ask for help to understand why the Lord sometimes responds to our requests and other time manifests his grace in our lives differently then we may have hoped. The Lord's timing and his wisdom about what we need at any given point in our lives reigns supreme." Sheri Dew
Sister Azucena (Phillipines) and Sister Danso (South Africa) join the PPM from Temple Square for three months.
President Johnson welcomes Sister Kwasney
Sister Morrison will train Sister Kwasney
Middle Front: Elder Goeckeritz, Sisters Johnson, Brown, Evenson, President and Sister Johnson
2nd Row Left: Elders Kotter, Davidson and English
Back left: Elders Worsham, Calaway and Coburn
Left: Sisters Brown, Johnson, Sibley, Evenson, Joseph, Hansen, Palmer and Douglas
Left: Sisters Roberts, Faamaile, Elders Camp, Baxter, Davidson, English and Worsham
Left: Elders Coburn, White, O'Keefe, LeBaron, Hummer, Bryant and Gull
Elder Calaway and Elder Kotter
Elder O'Keefe training Elder Goeckeritz
Sister Sibley will train Sister Roberts
Elder Kotter being trained by Elder Baxter
Sister Hansen will train Sister Johnson
Elder Davidson being trained by Elder LeBaron
Elder English being trained by Elder Camp
Sister Palmer training Sister Brown
Elder Calaway being trained by Elder Hummer
Sister Douglas will train Sister Faamaile
Elder Coburn will be trained by Elder White
Elder Worsham will be trained by Elder Gull
Sister Jarvis and Sister Danso
Sister Azucena with Sisters Campbell and Sister Wells (in a live nativity first night she was here!)