NOV. 12, 2012 - MAY 2014. WE ARE EXCITED TO SERVE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER . WE KNOW THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS IS TRUE!! IT IS A BLESSING TO US, OUR CHILDREN, AND GRANDCHILDREN. WE KNOW THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER LIVES AND LOVES US! “I think there is no place in the world where I feel closer to the Lord than in one of His holy temples. In addition to the closeness we feel to the Lord when we are in the temple, we can continue to receive blessings even after we have returned to our everyday lives. Attending the temple gives us a clearer perspective and a sense of purpose and peace." President Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Christmas in England


December 2013 

My dad's cousin, Edwin Knight and his wife, Connie, emailed us when we first got our mission call.  They were serving at the London Temple and were happy that we were called to the same mission.  They were such a great help to us in answering all our questions and helping us feel welcome.  It has been a real blessing to serve with them.   They also emailed us before we even left home and asked us if we would like tickets to "The Messiah".  We were so excited to know about it ahead of time and to be able to go with them and several other couples.  It was a wonderful opportunity and brought the Spirit into our Christmas holidays.  Here's a few of the pictures that we took of that trip into London.  
Ken and me (Marilyn) Anderson at the Royal Albert Hall 
for the Messiah 
Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall 

Orchestra at the Messiah 

Harrod's in the most expensive store in London 

Christmas scenes in store windows

Manger Scene on Temple grounds 

Christ Statue at London Temple Visitor's Center 

Lighted strees on London Temple grounds 

Christmas outing at Mall

Sunday, June 2, 2013


We feel very blessed to be serving our mission at the London Temple.  Every day we experience special experiences that add to our testimonies of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us.  People come from all over to do their own work in the temple, or to do the work for their ancestors.  Many of the people have spent hundreds of hours researching out and learning about their ancestors.  Ken and I have been working on our Family History and have been blessed to do the work for many of our own ancestors.  We have sent names home to our children and they have also felt the special feelings of doing our own work.  Our ancestors are waiting.

May 20, 2013

For our P-day we went in the Temple van with a few couples to see Bodiam Castle and the Town of Rye. Bodiam Castle is one of the finest examples of medieval moated military architecture in Britain.  It was built between 1385 and 1388 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a veteran of the 100 year war.  The castle has been used in many feature films. “Robin of Sherwood”, the Robin Hood TV series from the 50’s and MGM’s “Quentin Derward” to name a few. The inside of the castle are in ruins but very interesting to see.  The moat is quite large and full of fish (carp), with lots of ducks swimming in the water. 

The town of Rye is known for it's beautiful cobblestone streets and old buildings.  One of the best preserved medieval towns in England, Rye is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street and the Norman Church of St. Mary's.  Rye was once surrounded on three sides by the sea and its maritime heritage dates back to Norman times. 
Ken and Marilyn by Bodiam Castle 

Our group of Missionaries at Bodiam Castle. 
David Kiddle, Reese and Launa Murdock, Janet Christensen, 
Rosalie Kiddle, the Jones's, Joyce Morgan, with Kenton and me behind on right.  

The bridge to Bodiam Castle 

 Ken in front of Bodiam Castle with bridge

Ken Anderson with Castle guide, Sister Murdock, Castle guide, 
Elder Murdoch, and me (Marilyn Anderson).

Showing what they would have worn in the day of the Castle.

 Ken and me on top of wall of Bodiam Castle.

View on top of Bodiam Castle 

Showing the inside ruins of the Castle.

A deep green and  perfectly circular well in the south-western drum tower of the castle. 
Sparkling, reflective water seems to be a motif of Bodiam Castle.

One of the huge drum towers that are at each corner of the castle.

 This is a view looking out of the Postern gate at the back of the castle - 
looking across the castle moat.

 Ken with his friend "Gary the Gorilla"

On a street in Rye

The House with Two front Doors 

Which door should we knock on????

Elders House 

Mermaid Street in Rye.  


April 19, 2013

We had the privilege of entertaining Brigham and Hepsan Solomon.  They were the two sons of Sankar and Hebziba Solomon who were being sealed together.  They were cute little boys.  Brigham was 7 and Hepsan was 10.  They were so happy to be getting sealed to their parents.  They were from Oman.  We were very impressed with the boys and the knowledge they had of the gospel.  We watched them from about 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  We showed them the temple cafeteria, walked them around the temple grounds, went to the Church Distribution Center, and then took them to our apartment to fix them lunch.  They were such cute little boys.   We were blessed to help them get dressed in their white clothing and go to the Sealing Room and watch as they were sealed together as a family for time and all Eternity.  It was a special spiritual experience.  Their family looked beautiful all dressed in white.  

Brigham - 10 yrs. old, and Hepsan - 7 years old. on the front 
steps of the temple with Elder Anderson and me.  

In our apartment getting ready to eat lunch.  The boys 
wanted a picture with some of Ken's missionary badges on. 
They will make wonderful missionaries in a few years. 
Ken with the boys eating lunch in our apartment.  
Hepsan and Brigham Solomon in front of our Grandchildren 
blanket that Jon and Melissa sent us for Christmas.  They 
loved seeing all of our grandchildren.  They hope 
that someday they can meet all of them.  

Beautiful little boys just before they got dressed in their white clothing.  


 This is the Freiberg Germany LDS Temple.  We were 
able to spend two days in the temple at the end of our first mission 
to the Czech Prague Mission.  It is a beautiful temple.  

We received an email from Elder and Sister Albin Dittli who were in the MTC with us.  They are serving in the Freiberg Germany Temple and shared this experience with us:
"Yesterday in prayer meeting, Sister Bartko, one of the German sisters who serves here, gave her
testimony.  The translation was a little lacking in some details, such as the age of her son, and when and where it happened.  She told of going to the temple to do an endowment.  As the session was about to start she got a feeling that something was wrong at home.  She wanted to leave and go home, but a member of the Temple Presidency told her to finish the session and all would be well when she got home.  She then finished the session, and afterwards went home.  When she got home she could not find her son.  She checked a nearby pond, with no results, then went home again and looked again for him.  She found him in a closet and he was soaking wet.  He told his mother that he fell into the pond and was drowning and a woman came and rescued him.  Then the woman gave him a piece of paper with her name on it.  The mother read the name.  It was the same name as the name she had just completed an endowment for at the temple."
Temple Missionaries at MTC  
This is part of our MTC group 
being trained at the Provo Temple.  

Friday, May 31, 2013



We enjoyed going to the Natural History Museum that is located fairly close to the Hyde Park Chapel.  There is no charge to go into most of the museums.  You could spend days walking through these amazing buildings and seeing everything that is there.

It's a beautiful building with thousands 
and thousands of animals and displays.

It says here that there are 70 million specimens.

Our grandchildren would love this!! 

 These are just a few of the many displays that we saw.

 Ken standing outside of the Natural Museum of History 


Our first outing to London was on Dec. 9, 2013.  It was a very cold day.  We went with 
several other Temple Missionary couples and enjoyed going to church and walking down a few 
of the streets by the Hyde Park Chapel.  

  We went to the Portuguese Branch
at Hyde Park where Elder and Sister Bartschi, 
one of the temple missionary couples, had been asked 
to speak in Sacrament Meeting.  It was fun to see some of London.  

Ed and Connie Knight and Ken in front of the Hyde Park Chapel. 

While at church we met Elder Henrique Moura from Porto, 
Portugal.  We told him that our son, Kenton, served a mission 
to Porto.  He remembered him and said that he spent a lot of time 
with the missionaries.  He said that Kenton and the other missionaries 
had influenced him to serve a mission.  He is serving in London as a 
Portuguese Missionary.  It was fun to meet him and find the connection. 

Prince Albert Memorial 

Connie Knight, (me, Sister Anderson), and Sister Bartschi
standing in front of Prince Albert Memorial 

Elder and Sister Grey, Sister Kiddle, Sister Barstschi, 
"Elder Anderson", Sister and Elder Knight 

Sister Bartschi, (me, Sister Anderson), Sister Knight, 
Sister Kiddle, and Sister Grey. 

Here we are in London!!  It's amazing to think that we are
really here.  

We walked by Royal Albert Hall.  On Dec. 15, we will 
be going to "The Messiah" in this beautiful building.