visits Seminary classes
outside of the United States
(Note: You may click on most pictures to enlarge them.)
West Point, New York
Sasha began his journey in September 2002 with Sister
Sherilee Alford and the seven members of her Seminary class
at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
U.S. Military Academy, located in the beautiful Hudson River
Valley just 50 miles north of New York City, was authorized by
President Thomas Jefferson in March 1802.
The West Point Branch
consists of Military Academy cadets, faculty, and staff and a few
families from the neighboring village of Highland Falls. This is
one of the largest Seminary classes that the West Point Branch has ever had.
The picture above was taken at "Trophy Point" that
overlooks a bend in the Hudson River (which creates the "West
Point" in the river).
Sasha's first stop outside of the United States was in Beijing, China!
The girls from
Sister Debby Dickens' English-speaking Seminary class in Beijing
pose in front of the Great Wall of China.
boys from Sister Dicken's Seminary class pose with Seminary Sasha
in front of a portion of the Great Wall which is over 2,000 years
Great Wall stretches 4,500 miles -- from the Gobi Desert in the
west to the mountains of Korea in the east.
is more than happy to quench his thirst with two of the members of
Sister Dickens' Seminary class.
The capital of the People's Republic of China,
Beijing, boasts Tianamen Square, the Forbidden City and is near the famous Great Wall of China.
Sasha bids you farewell from China!
students from Sister Gilmour's class in Scotland pose at the
entrance to Stirling Castle. You can see the day was somewhat
"soft" as they say in Ireland or "dreech" as
they say here in Scotland.
Scottish flag is the cross of St. Andrew; it is also known as the
Saltire. It is said to be one of the oldest national flags of any
country (dating back to at least the 12th century).
is evidence that a royal castle has been located here since the
12th century, and two of the important battles in Scottish history
took place near Stirling Castle -- Stirling Bridge in 1297 and
Bannockburn in 1314.
(shown above) is the site of the first baptisms in Scotland. The scene probably looks much as it did
then. The town in the background is Greenock, from which many Scots left for a life in the new
Sasha and the majority of the Seminary class stand in front of the
statue of Robert The Bruce, King of the Scots.
The birthplace of William Wallace ("Braveheart") is actually within
Seminary students are standing in front of the Falkirk Wheel which
is the only rotating boatlift in the world. The Wheel can carry eight or more boats at a time; a
trip takes about 15 minutes. When originally completed in 1773, the Forth and Clyde
Canal was the first sea-to-sea ship canal in the world (linking
the East and West coasts of Scotland with navigable waterways).
In the Manchester South Ward, Manchester England Stake we have both an early morning and home study
Seminary class. Sister Sue Ordnal teaches the home study class,
and Sister Wendy Robinson teaches the early morning class. The
home study class (which meets Thursday evenings) at church is
pictured above -- Katherine, Kristina (holding Sasha), and
Melissa. Catherine is absent.
early morning class meets at Sister Robinson's house at 6:15 a.m. The students in the picture are
(from top left): Cacia, Rachel, Laura (with Sasha), Abi, Marianne and the boys are Cliffton and Dan.
Two additional students, Alex and Kirsty, are missing in the
plaque, which was erected in 1987 as part of the 150-year anniversary
of the gospel coming to Britain, honors the first members of the church
baptized in Great Britain. The text on the plaque reads:
Near this spot on 30 July 1837, the first British converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints were baptised by immersion in the River Ribble.
Elder Heber C. Kimball, one of the Tweleve Apostles of the Church,
baptised six men and three women: George D. Watt, first and then
Charles Miller, Thomas Walmesley, Ann Elizabeth Walmesley, Miles
Hodgson, Henry Billsbury, Mary Ann Brown, Ann Dawson and George
Joseph Smith had sent Apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde, with
Willard Richards, Joseph Fielding, John Goodson, Isaac Russell and John
Snider from America to the British Isles. They travelled first to
Preston where the Rev. James Fielding, Elder Fielding's brother,
permitted them to preach in the Independent chapel on Vauxhall Road.
The first converts came from his congregation. Further use of the
chapel being denied, they preached in the Market Square near the
Obelisk, then met for nearly three years in the "Cockpit" or Temperence
Hall near Stoneygate.
The Preston branch of the Church was established with 28 members on 6 August 1837 at the home of Ann Dawson at 21 Pole Street.
Regularly-scheduled meetings are still held in Preston, the oldest continuous
Latter-day Saint congregation in the world.
In the following two decades, more than 75,000
people joined the Church in Britain. Many of them emigrated to the
United States to join the main body of the Church in Illinois and
later, in Utah. Those who stayed constituted the nucleus of the Church
as it expanded throughout the British Isles.
The River Ribble,
pictured above, shows the area where it is believed the first baptisms
in Britain were performed. Alex, Sister Ordnal's son, is holding Sasha.
CES Coordinator pictured above with Sasha is Brother Warrick Kear. He is the director at the
local Institute of Religion.
The Preston Temple is about 8 miles south of the area where the first baptisms were performed.
This temple was dedicated in 1998 and was the 52nd temple of the church.
Seminary Sasha traveled to the beautiful
Mediterranean city of Pozzuoli (near Naples), Italy to visit
Sister Joanna Allred and her Seminary class. Sasha is shown in
front of the church sign at our chapel building in Pozzuoli.
This picture shows Samantha (16,
holding Sasha), Heather (15),
Rebekah (15), Christina (14), and Sister
Allred. We are the first early morning
seminary class in Naples! We belong to a combined Italian/English
branch and there are about 80 people who attend our branch. We are
in Naples due to our father's military
assignments with NATO or the U.S. Navy. Heather and Rebekah have
lived all over the world, and this is
Samantha's and Chris' first time outside
Canada. We meet at Sister Allred's house at 6:15 in the morning
and then catch the bus for school (a 45-minute ride). We love to Scripture Chase and have most of the
Seminary scriptures memorized.
The apostle Paul preached in Pozzuoli
(then called Puteoli--look in Acts 28:13). This is a monument to
him near the place where he probably preached.
(The title of the sign reads: "A Paolo di Tarso.")
The picture on the
left shows Samantha and Christina (sisters
from Canada) with Sasha at the port of
Pozzuoli. The picture on the right shows
Rebekah and Heather holding Sasha.
Our seminary class is
sitting outside one of the best preserved Roman
amphitheaters in Italy. It is currently
used as a setting for outdoor concerts.
This is the view from our
Seminary room in Sister Allred's house
where we hold Early Morning Seminary.
Left to right (above):
Samantha, Chris, Heather, and Rebekah
(with Sasha in the middle) are shown at
our quarterly Seminary auction where
students spend their hard-earned Seminary
This picture was
taken in front of our chapel. Our branch meets in a
converted restaurant overlooking the Bay of Pozzuoli. There are
three levels of balconies facing the ocean, and this one is the
balcony outside the Relief Society and
Priesthood rooms. While teaching lessons, this is what we see
(minus the girls, of course). We enjoyed
having Seminary Sasha visit with us!
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Sasha traveled next to visit Sister Deidre Ah Wong's Seminary class
in beautiful New Zealand.
Luke and Sasha are dwarfed by the
statues of kings which flank the river in one of the scenes from
the movie The
Fellowship of the Ring. The director of The Lord of the Rings is
from Wellington, New Zealand, and many scenes were filmed in the area. The World
Premier of Part 3 (The Return of the King) will be held here later
The students are (from left) Tyne, Vasa, Luke
(holding Sasha) Daniel, Sui and Lidston. Sasha is shown frolicking in
the sunshine on the shore of the beautiful Wellington Harbour. In
the distant background is the city itself. Wellington is New
Zealand's capital city.
Rebecca and Theo are brother and sister. They are shown posing
with Sasha in front of one of our class notice boards.
"Natives" -- this word could refer to the scenery or to the youth
shown in the picture! Tyne, Luke, Rebecca and Theo are showing Sasha some
typical native bush. New Zealand is widely known for being very
Sasha got to visit the seat of New Zealand's
government while he was here. On the lawn outside our Parliament
buildings are Seminary students Sui, Daniel, Vasa, Luke, Sasha, Lidston and Tyne.
Geoffrey is giving Sasha personal coaching in the fine
art of kicking a penalty goal in the game of rugby. Rugby is
New Zealand's biggest sport, and our All Black team is considered
one of the best rugby teams in the world. Rugby is the sport from which
American football was born.
Sasha traveled next from New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia.
Sister Muros' Seminary class, the combined Logan and Eight Mile
Plains Wards, are pleased to host Sasha's Australian visit.
A scenic view of Brisbane city and the Brisbane River in Queenland, Australia.
Sasha is pleased to see that he is properly dressed in the correct
school uniform colors. These Seminary students go straight from
Seminary to school. They are from the Eight Mile Plains and Logan
Sasha is shown in an Australia gum tree. Gum trees are a favorite food
for the koala bears who live in Australia.
Two koala bears are resting in a tree over Seminary Sasha's right
shoulder at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. After these injured koalas
recover, they will be returned to the Australian bush.
Seminary Sasha poses with the
Rochedale Ward Seminary class and their teacher, Sister Doig.
Sister Glen, one of the Seminary teachers in Brisbane, is shown holding
Sasha with Brisbane in the background.
Sister Amos' Eight Mile Plains Ward Seminary Class post with Sasha
in front of their "Scripture Trail" record of their
Seminary work this year.
Stacey and Anita, shown above with Seminary Sasha, are good friends
Sasha is across the street from the Brisbane Temple. The building
shown in the background is a new small chapel that has been built
next door to the Brisbane Temple.
Seminary Sasha is hanging on the side of a bus
stop notice across the street from the Brisbane Temple.
Glass' Seminary class from the Rochedale Ward poses with Seminary
Sasha at the beginning of another Seminary day.
climbing back into his mail envelope for another trip, Seminary
Sasha takes a few minutes to read the Book of Mormon during family
scripture reading with Samuel Glen, one of the Seminary students
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Seminary Sasha has visited Seminary classes
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