Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I never thought this day would come

And so we are at the end of our mission. Back in 2007, three years seemed like it would be forever; but in fact, three years was just a blip on the radar screen of life. It went so fast! There are no words that can adequately describe what we experienced while serving in the Czech Prague Mission. The people, the culture, the missionaries, all added to our adventure, and our lives have been forever changed. We have loved, laughed, cried, torn out our hair, worried ourselves sick, preached, hugged, comforted, fed, prayed over, rejoiced, stood in amazement, and shivered with excitement for each missionary who passed our way. We have loved them all, and the members became our dearest friends

We are back in Tampa now (after a much needed vacation on the way home), but are looking forward to the mission reunion in October. Thank you for all your support while we have been away. I can hardly believe it's over, but we no longer wear black name badges, and we are back into our khakis and flip flops, so it must be over. In a couple of weeks, it will seem like it was all a dream. But the Czech Prague Mission will be forever in our hearts.
Buh bud s vami nez se sejdem zas.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pictures from Around the Mission

Alena Pilkova and Petra Horakova--two beautiful women from the Czech Republic

Sister Jedlickova from Liberec, serving in Prague
Elder Hicken and President Slovacek
Prague and Hradec Kralove zone conference

In Brno, the Super Sisters--Miller and Richards--put together a Spring Concert. Our missionaries were asked to participate. Here they are, in all their glory:

P-Day at Karlstejn

Here's the group at the dedication site.
Elders Fruehan and Hatch found a wig vendor on the way back down from the castle. Nice look for P-Day.

I liked Elder Vomocil's shirt.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Elder Monk's Hair

This is a fun one. We had a busy weekend and stopped in Olomouc to see how things were going. That's when we saw this:

Elder Monk decided to give himself a haircut. Fortunately, he stopped when he saw how much he had cut, but his new hairstyle was still pretty shocking. I told him my black, waterproof mascara might be able to help.

I think it turned out pretty nicely. He called me a few days after zone conference and asked what type of mascara he should buy. Here's hoping he won't need to wear it too long!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Leadership Training in Brno

Assistants to the President: Elders Hatch and Doxey.
Olomouc Zone: Elders Anderson, Lance, McGowen, Mills, and Pearson or "Papa Smurf" as he is lovingly called by his district. (Elders Anderson and McGowen are the zone leaders.)
Slovensko Zone:Elders Fish, Melling, Larson, Wilson, Emerson, and Read. (Elders Wilson and Fish are the zone leaders.)
Hradec Kralove Zone: Elders Thompson, Rigby, Jones, Mittanck, and Briggs. (Elders Briggs and Thompson are the zone leaders.)
Prague Zone: Elders Roubicek, Hicken, Andersen, and Nestman. (Elders Hicken and Andersen are the zone leaders.)

Last week we had leadership training for all the zone and district leaders in the mission. They are amazing young men! Because President Slovacek and I can't be with all of the missionaries all of the time, we depend on our leaders to keep the missionaries motivated and the work moving forward when we are away.

April Transfer

Yeah, you can tell they really love each other. We finally got them to behave so we could take a nice picture.
Oh how I wish they could've stayed! It's so hard sending our beloved missionaries home!
Front row, left to right: Elder McFarland, Sister Anderson, Sister Magidson, Sister Austin, Elder Hadzik. Back row, left to right: Sister Slovacek, Elder Erickson, Elder Lindsay, Elder Haberman, Elder Boles, Elder Maw, Elder Brown, Elder Kartchner, Elder Williams, and President Slovacek.
Here are the new arrivals. See how nice they look? We love them already!

Elder Haberman and Elder Boles were exhausted after our dinner and testimony meeting the night before they left for home. I think they are singing the Czech Prague Mission song here, but I'm not sure.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cesky Raj/Bohemian Paradise

We love this place! We took the office on an excursion to Cesky Raj for P-Day a few weeks ago. From the bottom up: Elder Mittanck, Elder Anderson, Sister Anderson, me, Elder Foster, Heidi Slovacek, Elder Hatch, Sister Foster, Elder Vivona (at the very top). I'm not sure why Elder Fruehan is not in this picture.
Hey look! We found Elder Fruehan!

President Slovacek was the photographer. Here he is getting a good shot of us. I took a picture of him taking a picture of us.

Every time we looked up, we would see Elder Vivona standing high above us among the rocks.