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July 25th, 2009 by ron

BBQ Lamb
BBQ Lamb
Tobacco field
Tobacco field
Tomatoes Garden
Tomatoes Garden
LDS Church in Zagreb
LDS Church in Zagreb

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Mummfied Priest
Mummfied Priest
Market Place
Market Place
Tile Root
Tile Root

IMG_0488Greetings from Belgrade with detours to Bosnia and an emergency trip to Zagreb, Croatia!  We apologize for our delay in posting our blog this week but one of our elders, Elder Nelson became ill and had a health issue and since he was only about 10 days from the end of his mission, they decided that he needed to go back to Utah for further treatment.  He had gone to Zagreb to visit a specialist, thinking that he would be treated and then be able to come back to Belgrade.  He  hadn’t taken his belongings with him and so we were the suitcase runners to take his belongings to him so that he could go.

Pic #1.  As we travel through Bosnia, we have noticed roadside restaurants along the way with animals on a rotisserie.  We weren’t sure what they were—someone thought they might be goat others thought lamb.  We finally inquired and they are lamb.  Ron has always liked good lamb if it is prepared well and so we stopped and tried the lamb!  Ron thought was quite good, I, on the other hand, thought the tomatoes and cabbage were delicious!  The lamb tasted a little too gamy!

#2.  We have really enjoyed driving through the countryside and all the beautiful gardens and the crops that they grow here.  We were surprised to find Tobacco growing in both Serbia and Bosnia. 

#3.  Ron has been quite inspired by the farms here and so decided to start some tomatoes from seed to see how he could do at farming.  As you can see, he is doing really well!  He calls them his babies and the girls!!!

#4.  The church just recently (on May 24) dedicated a beautiful new chapel in Zagreb.  We were thrilled to be able to see it—if only from the outside as we arrived in Zagreb at 1:00am Monday morning, gave Elder Nelson his belongings, picked up Elder Stadlbauer (he was Elder Nelson’s companion) did a little sightseeing of the main square and headed back to Belgrade.  Elder Stadlbauer, Elder Knight, and Elder Christiansen are now a 3-some companionship until a new elder arrives.  We have no idea when that will be.

#5.  This is a beautiful city with many very old buildings.  We just loved this one which is attached to a really neat old Catholic Church next door.  It is a part of the church courtyard.

#6.  We thought it quite interesting to see the mummified body of one of the Priests inside a glass casket inside the church.  (Just a little too eerie for me.)

#7.  This cute little church had the most beautiful tile roof tiled in the design of the flag and coat of arms.  They are so creative over here!

#8.  We found this sweet little lady in the green market.  They love their statuary over here!

#9.  We found Iron Man sitting on a park bench just begging for a little company!

We continue to enjoy our work over here.  Every day is definitely a new experience.  If you love adventure and serving Heavenly Father, we promise you that you would like being a missionary.  We hope that you will all be able to experience something like this sometime in your lifetime.  It is so worth it.

We send our love to all and especially want our children and grandchildren to know how much we love and miss them and to my Dad and Step-mom Johanna, and to our siblings and their families, we love and miss you as well and thanks to all of you for your love a support.


One Response  
  • Kevin writes:
    July 13th, 20106:52 pmat

    I took these pictures in Zagreb!! Good times 🙂


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