Monday, April 28, 2008

More Alumni...

Hey everyone, it's Melissa Nickle, I've been staying busy with school, work, and my flower business I started. Check out my website: Love and miss everyone- I've got Georgia on my mind!
Brooke Devey sent the picture above and the one below. Above: Rhet Milam and wife, and then on the right Anna Stringham and Brooke Devey. Below: Tana Hall, Brooke Devey and Rebecca Carter.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

This Is Going To Be Great...

Today, President and I were in Tifton and one of the members there (Sister Seamons) told me they loved to look at the blog. The members here in the South want to know what's happening in your lives, so take time to send me a pic so we can keep everyone updated. Have you called any of your converts recently??? It's always a good idea to stay in touch.
Joe Edmunds and Zach Kinder: I (Sister E.) posted this. They sent it right after they got home and I saved it. They are bear hunting and even got a bear.
April Murdock: (This is not one of the pictures she sent, but one I had from an earlier correspondence. I couldn't get either of the more recent ones to load.) There's too much to say in one sentence besides I LOVE LIFE!, so you can email me at The first pic came from Uganda the summer of 2007 when my neighbor kids started playing school with a blackboard and the books they borrowed from us. Pic 2, Jared Hamilton is in my San Diego YSA ward and celebrated with me at my golden 26th b-day on March 26th. Love the 80s. (Sister Murdock, try sending those pictures as jpg...I think they wouldn't load because they were bitmaps, also send me Jared Hamilton's email...please.)
Christian Baldree: Christian and Rachel are super busy as most newly weds are. He's finishing school, working full time and getting ready for Law School while Rachel teaches music at a local elementary school, they both love being married and are excited to have children soon!

Jolee Dayley: I live and teach high school in the Washington, DC area and just got back from two great weeks in Europe. (This picture was taken from the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.) My time in DC is coming to a close though, because I got a new teaching job for next year and will be moving to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in August. I'll be there for 3 years and would love visitors! I'm excited to travel the other half of the world! Maybe in the process I can meet some rich oil sheik who wants to convert and make me his wife :-)

Tim and Kathy Hayes: The Gilberts and the Hayes' hanging out at the St. George Temple. What a beautiful way to share with friends you love than go to the temple together.

Allison Bair: Jon and I were married Feb 16th 2007. Doing well, living in Colorado Springs. Hello to everyone!

Ben Hess: Hey moving to Arizona soon so if you need to get in contact with me my e-mail is or there is a call me feature on my website (if you use that, don't be obnoctious or I'll make it so you always get the answering machine).

Adam Kirk: "None of you are the least bit surprised, you all knew I'd end up like this."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Alumni Accounting

We're going to try a new feature on the blogspot. I've emailed the alumni (those whose emails I have) and asked them to send a picture and a few words to post on the blog. This will give those who have returned from their missions an idea of what's happening in their fellow-missionaries' lives. For parents of current missionaries you might come across someone you know. For any returned missionaries whose email I don't have, please email me ( with your information.
Spencer Hickenlooper (on left): I am attending Utah State and playing on the hockey team. I didn't get to play much this last year because I tore my meniscus in my knee and had surgery. I am moving back to Colorado Springs for the summer to work and to drag race with my dad. We recently registered and were accepted to be on a TV show on the seed channel called "Pinks All Out." They are coming this August to Denver and the show will air shortly after that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

P-Day Activities

When you think P-Day you probably think basketball, laundry and vaccuuming. I think twisted ankles (Monday nights I usually get calls concerning all kinds of injuries). But Elders Shelman, Gawdun, Kunz and Hickman, along with Sisters Moyes and VanPatten took time out to illustrate the Plan of Salvation at a park in Valdosta. Their art work is pretty good! Elder Shelman recorded the video and Elder Eastman condensed it so it could be loaded on the blog spot. Believe me, this technology is beyond my ability. Just click the play button and hopefully you'll be in business.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Zone Leader Council

Zone Leader Council came just in time for Elder French's birthday. The poor Elder only got a birthday pancake, but he was a good sport about it all, and his wish had something to do with baptisms!
Standing: Elders Eastman (serving in the office with Sister Eastman), D. Smith, Murray, Barnett, Levesque, Fister, Morgan, Rich, C. Clark, Dilts, Wood, Pres., Bingham, Parker. Scrunched or kneeling: Elders Crane, French, Forbes, Gawdun, Slade and Shelman.
There are some beautiful azaleas behind the Elders. My plan was to have both in the picture, but they just didn't fit.
You'll notice a few missing faces...Elder Warr and Elder Woody. President is rotating zone leaders back into the field to help train and prepare other missionaries. Also, this will allow more Elders to serve in leadership positions. During this council the focus was again on accountability and helping to mobilize ward missions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sister Green is Here!

Sister Green arrived safe and sound this afternoon. Coming to us from Portland, Oregon, she will be a great addition to the Georgia Macon Mission. We look forward to working with her!