“Days Never to Be Forgotten”

“Days Never to Be Forgotten”

As we send you our final post from Ethiopia and return home from our mission during this month of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of a quote from Oliver Cowdery, a scribe who assisted the Prophet Joseph Smith in the translation of the Book of Mormon in 1829.  Subsequent to his baptism and while reflecting on the many incredible days filled with spiritual enlightenment he said, “These were days never to be forgotten – to sit under the sound of a…

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“Out of Africa”

“Out of Africa”

Soon we will be “out of Africa” and back in the United States but not before we make a few more memories here. Many of you may recall the book and subsequent movie entitled “Out of Africa” made famous by the Danish author, Karen Blixen. She lived in Kenya from 1917-1931 when it was then called British East Africa. The movie version, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, came out in 1985 and won an Oscar for Best Picture. Her…

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Melkam Addis Amet

Melkam Addis Amet

Melkam Addis Amet is a phrase we have been hearing quite a bit this past week. It means Happy New Year in Amharic since the Ethiopian New Year is on September 1st which is our Gregorian (Western) calendar’s September 11th.  Last year, we posted about the different calendar used in Ethiopia. It is 2010 here since the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has embraced the calculation of the birth of Jesus seven years earlier than the more commonly accepted Gregorian calendar used by…

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“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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