Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Except for Sister Chapman, who insisted on being the camera person, these are the present missionaries assigned to the Vinton District of the Roanoke Virginia Zone of our mission.

Back row, (l to r) Elder Jeffery of Oklahoma, just arrived two transfers ago. He is in a Spanish speaking companionship with Elder Macay.

Elder Hart of Payson, Utah. He is newly arrived from the MTC, serving in Bedford with Elder Wright.

Elder Schottes, one of our Zone Leaders ( I don't know where he is from).

Elder Wright of Loveland, Colorado. He has been out for about a year. He attended BYU and was a member of the BYU track team, throwing the Discus and the Hammer. He has a serious girl friend back home, the daughter of a former member of the Loveland Stake Presidency, last name Harris. He has brought a lot of energy and committment to his assignment as Trainer to Elder Hart since their arrival in Bedford on this most recent Transfer. We are really excited about the work being done by these two Bedford Elders.

Middle Row, (l to r), Elder Brady, Zone Leader with Elder Schottes. Excellent missionary (I don't know where he is from).

Elder Shill, our very fine District Leader. He is the grandson of one of my fellow faculty members at the Skyline Seminary, 1966-68, Wynn Call of Star Valley, Wyoming.

Myself, Elder Chapman

Front Row, (l to r), Elder Macay, Senior companion and Trainer to Elder Jeffery. He is a Spanish speaker and is the only missionary still in the Vinton District since our arrival in January. We really like Eler Macay. He is the only one in our District who will attempt to play the piano to accompany our hymn singing at our meetings.

Elder Boling of San Diego, California. He was in Bedford for a short time. We are happy to see him back as the new companion to our District leader, Elder Shill.

Sister Chapman took this picture at the end of our most recent District Meeting this past Monday, June 29.

Sister Linda Chapman of the West Virginia Charleston Mission is seated quietly in this small Civil War cemetary near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, paying her respects to ten of the last soldiers to die in this war.

Nine of the graves hold the remains of soldiers of the Confederacy. One grave on the very end (to the left, not shown) is that of a Union soldier who fell here amid the last shots fired during this momenteous and tragic conflict.

this is a peaceful and sacred spot, maintained by a group of women called the Daughters of the Confederacy. The cemetary is on the north side of US 460, just west of the entrance to the Appomattox Court House Historic Park.