10 May 2016

Week 93 Mothers Day

Missionaries generally take two occasions to Skype or call home. Christmas and Mothers Day. Although in the UK Mothers day was a few weeks ago. We had mutually decided to observe the American date, as it splits Christmas and his return home more equally.
During the call we asked him to share his testimony in Greek.

Emails from this Monday..

"Yeah it's always strange to do emails just after Skype! It was so nice to see you all yesterday, and to talk to Rachel and Toby for the first time as a married couple."

"It's been a good week! We had a lesson on Facebook video chat with a man from the island Chios, and it was really good. He's learnt a lot about the church online and was very interested to chat with us. He had a couple of interesting questions (the usual, polygamy, blacks and the priesthood, the book of Abraham), but we were able to answer honestly, bear testimony and keep teaching, which was great! It was a really natural discussion and one of the best lessons I've taught on my mission, all through a webcam!"

"A. went to his village for Easter, and then in the States visiting a friend, so hopefully this week we'll be able to have lessons with him again!"

"Today Elder Mead and I watched Lion King 2 in Greek which was fun, it got a bit tense towards the end, but it was a happy ending"

Watching Disney movies in Greek is seen as a really good way to improve language vocabulary and expand it from just church connected word. 
Of course if you don't know Greek in the first place it doesn't mean a lot !

"And later on we'll be going to McDonald's with Elder Peel and Elder Pereira before FHE in the Acropoli chapel, so it will be a nice afternoon/evening. Yesterday we had Elder Gore and Elder Bramley at our apartment for lunch as they didn't have time to get home from Halandri to eat and then get back to the office again for their Skype. All 3 branches met together yesterday as there were some demonstrations planned in the city center, and it was really nice to have so many people at church."

In other news
 For several weeks Elder Teal has been the Greek Admin for the official Greek LDS Facebook page.
Last week Elder Teal and Elder Mead had church staff from Frankfurt visit and train them to rebuild the official Greek LDS Website. So the assignment of has been extended from Social media to Web developer.
The Greek country website has been "a little" out date for a while, so it will be good to have current content for Greek speaking members.

Thanks to my new Greek Facebook friend for sending us the opening picture snapped at chapel on Monday afternoon.

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