“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words.  This blog post has quite a few pictures so we hope that you have “fun” viewing it, as our daughter Megan always says. Now that we have been here for 16 months there are daily sights and sounds that at first were quite foreign but now are all a part of our daily life. There are also the daily routines of everyday Ethiopians which serve to illustrate their creativity, challenges and triumphs…

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Happy Interdependence Days

Happy Interdependence Days

On July 4th we duly celebrated the independence of our native land, the United States of America, by lighting a couple of candles which served as makeshift firecrackers all the while reminiscing about the many wonderful traditions associated with that special holiday back home. Here in Ethiopia, of course, it was just another Tuesday.  Kids dancing video (click on) ; Tetherball on the 4th video (click on)  Last July we remember mentioning our 4th of July Independence Day to a new friend…

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African Genesis

African Genesis

Maaany years ago, when I was in high school my history teacher wanted me to read a book entitled African Genesis. It wasn’t on our reading list but he had discovered that I was one of six Mormons in our school of over 3,000 students in Northern Virginia and he wanted me to look again at the Christian doctrine regarding creation and whether Adam and Eve were our first parents versus the then current evolution theories. I only remember that…

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

As we are writing this there is a huge thunderstorm pelting the tin roof of our home and creating its own delightful symphony while the earth is being replenished. Rain video (turn up the sound)  We actually love the rain and storms except for the residual mud and occasional traffic gridlock which seems to be the usual accompaniment to these otherwise glorious symphonies. The rainy season “technically” begins in June and lasts through September and, if it is like last…

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March Missionaries and Milestones

March Missionaries and Milestones

This past month truly was a March filled with missionary moments and milestones. We began the month by welcoming four new missionaries who are all Ethiopians and who were adopted as children and raised by LDS families. We ended the month with the milestone announcement at General Conference of a temple coming to Nairobi, Kenya! This is SO exciting and will serve to bless the lives of members in all of the countries surrounding Kenya. That includes all of our…

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“Gorillas in the Mist” . . . and much, much more!

“Gorillas in the Mist” . . . and much, much more!

Many of you may remember the movie entitled “Gorillas in the Mist” which chronicled the eighteen years that Dian Fossey spent in the highlands of Rwanda befriending and researching the silverback gorillas and their families. She left an amazing legacy that has not only blessed the lives of the gorillas but of thousands of others who have been welcomed into their habitat. We certainly never thought that we would be able to visit those highlands and sit less than six…

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“From Tribes to Timkat”

“From Tribes to Timkat”

January has been a “New Year” filled with lots of new experiences for both of us. We celebrated our “second” Christmas on January 7th, the Ethiopian Christmas, and ate a traditional Christmas dinner with our church employee, Habtu, and his family. His wife, Zinash (aka Hana), is an excellent cook and made wonderful injera complete with lamb and other “wots” which are deliciously spiced meats and vegetables that you wrap up in the injera (a spongy type of bread made…

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We Hope “Ugandahava” Merry Christmas

We Hope “Ugandahava” Merry Christmas

Our blog title is inspired from our trip to Uganda last week where we enjoyed the annual Senior Couples Retreat for the Uganda Kampala Mission.  (Many pictures and videos are included in this blog.)  It was wonderful to meet the other couples serving in Uganda and Rwanda and to be able to share experiences and ideas on how to better move the work forward in our different areas.  Our mission covers four countries including Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan. …

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“Sticks and Stones . . . “

“Sticks and Stones . . . “

We apologize for delays in our blog posts.  There is only one Internet company in Ethiopia and it is controlled by the government.  Because of the “State of Emergency” declaration issued almost two months ago which is intended to last for six months there have been a few challenges.  You can google Ethiopia and click BBC news to find out what is going on here.  The U.S. has issued a travel warning but an initial ban on foreigner travel beyond…

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“Wisdom is the principal thing . . . “

“Wisdom is the principal thing . . . “

A few weeks ago we witnessed the baptism of a wonderful young man.  Athian is literally “standing tall in Ethiopia” as he is 7 feet tall and is originally from Sudan.  He is 28 years old and after his baptism he bore a powerful testimony about his journey as a “truth seeker” and how he had come to understand that knowledge and wisdom are intertwined as one seeks for truth. As a past prophet and president of our church, David…

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