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French Temple Session 03 Oct 2013
For those who will be in the Salt Lake City area in early October, there will be a French session at the Jordan River Temple on Oct 8th at 6 pm.
Jerry Merrill Send Email
Fernand Simoes 30 Mar 2013
To any missionaries who served during the Walker/Roueche years and knew Elder Fernand Simoes, I would like you to know that he and his wife plan to be in Salt Lake City next week, from April 1 through the 7th (2013). Anyone who would like to see Elder Simoes is invited to join us for lunch at Bruges on Thursday, April 4th at noon. We will be at the one downtown on 3rd South between 3rd and 4th West. He would love to see any mission alums who remember him. Call me at the contact number listed on my profile on the mission website if you have any questions. Thanks.
John Paul Kennedy Send Email
President Walker Scrapbook 05 Feb 2013
President G. Perrin Walker will be attending Stake Conference in Lille this February. My mother, Kaye Johnson-Janda has been asked to compile a stampin-up scrapbook for him of members and missionaries from when he served as mission president. If you served under president Walker or have pictures of members/missionaries from that era, (1980s-1990s) please scan and e-mail them to me. Jeanne Liddle Jackson, Please identify people by name in photos if possible. She especially wants photos of President and Sister Walker, as there are few available from the local members. Sadly, many members from that era have passed away.
Jeanne (formerly Soeur Liddle)
Jeanne Liddle Jackson Send Email
Senior Missionary Opportunities 01 Mar 2012
Brethren and Sisters, March 1, 2012
I have received a request from the mission presidents in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa and Lubumbashi) to put out word to you, former missionaries in French-speaking countries, that they have a very pressing need for senior missionaries with your skills. Below is the letter from Pres. Brent Jameson in Kinshasa which better explains the current situation.
You knew this day was coming, didn’t you…the day you would go back to the mission field when the harvest was going to be so much greater than in those days when you learned how to turn soil and plant seeds.
These missions are looking to fill very immediate needs. Many of you are probably in the range of retiring in 5 to 10 years. Some of you, though, may have been waiting for such an invitation and can act on it right away. For the rest, look again at your timetable and see where you can accelerate your mission plans so you can serve when you are still in good health and can reap a maximum of mission blessings. Earlier really is better!
Please contact these brethren directly about your interest in serving and they will guide you through the missionary application process so they can earmark your papers to come work with them in the Congo. Of course, the General Authorities will have the last say about where you will be prophetically called to labor, but a mission president’s request carries great weight with them these days.
All the best to you! And for those of you who head groups of other mission alumni, diffusez-le librement!
Chris Miasnik, Belgium Brussels Mission, 1975-1977

As a former missionary in France (‘66-‘68) I spent my entire adult life hoping to return there to fill a mission with my wife as a senior couple. When the time came, we were recruited to serve in Lyon, France in a young adult outreach program. However, the Lord intervened and sent us to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009 to serve in Lubumbashi with around 22 young African missionaries, which soon grew to around 60. When Lubumbashi was organized as the second mission in the DRC we were sent to re-open Burundi, a country where scores of people were already studying with the Book of Mormon and pleading for the Church to come to them. We are so grateful the Lord was in charge of our life and sent us to Africa. The blessings we’ve received as senior missionaries have gone beyond us to our children and grandchildren back home.
We now preside over the DR Congo Kinshasa Mission and have a crying need, as does the Lubumbashi Mission, for more senior couples, especially for those with a French background. We have cities where the couples shepherd young American and African missionaries as well as provide needed leadership for branches. This service is beyond fulfilling and we encourage all who may be inspired to serve at this time to counsel with their priesthood leaders. If your French seems to have gone dormant and your spouse has no experience with the language, don’t let that intimidate you. We assure you, it will work.
Please contact us for more information. We invite you to join with us as soon as possible. You are needed.
Brent L Jameson
Mission de la Republique Democratique du Congo Kinshasa
Phil McMullin
President (starting July 1, 2012)
Mission de la Republique Democratique du Congo Lubumbashi
Additional Information about DRCongo Missions (in one of the Lord’s Tropical Paradises!)

The DR Congo Kinshasa Mission consists of the following countries:

-- DRC (the southwestern part of the country, mostly Kinshasa)
-- Republic of Congo
-- Cameroon (Elder Jerry Thompson -- BBM ’76-’78 -- and Sister Thompson go home March 16th and there are no
replacements for them as yet).
-- Central African Republic (currently one branch but no missionaries)
-- Gabon (no Church presence yet)
-- Equatorial Guinea (no Church presence yet)

We need two couples immediately and one more in July. We appreciate any help you can give us.

Brent L Jameson
Mission de la Republique Democratique du Congo Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Lubumbashi
This mission is the east one-half of the DRC and the tiny country of Burundi. We do not allow our missionaries to go outside of the city limits of Bujumbura (capital of Burundi) except to go to Uvira DRC where we have a thriving branch. Burundi is actually the cherry of our mission and is very interesting and beautiful on the banks of the Lake Tanganyika and below some beautiful mountains. We have an opening right now for a couple. One or both of the couple need to speak French.
Thank you for taking the time to spread the word. Our need is great.
Gary L. Packer
President (current until July 1, 2012)
La Mission Republique Democratique du Congo Lubumbashi

Phil McMullin
President (starting July 1, 2012)
Mission de la Republique Democratique du Congo Lubumbashi

And if this reaches a stake president or bishop who knows prospective senior missionaries who could fit this bill, please pass along this information.
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Charleroi parade summer 1997 24 Nov 2011
For any missionaries who served in Charleroi in the summer of 1997, this video may be of interest. It's a television program dedicated to the big parade that the local members put on in Charleroi during that time. I had left the mission by then, but I recognized several people in the video. I'm not sure who originally uploaded the video, but if they see this message, thanks!

Here's the video:
Dustin Lovell Send Email
Martine Houmeau has passed away 25 Oct 2011
Several days ago we received the news of the passing of Martine Houmeau, wife of Didier, long-time members of the Nancy Stake, from cancer. Should you want to send a note of condolences to Didier and his family, his e-mail address is: He currently lives in Pont-a-Mousson.
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Soeur Anita Arrigona graveside services 13 Sep 2011
Message from Jean-Michel Arrigona: "Everyone is invited to a graveside service (for Soeur Anita Arrigona) Saturday, 9/17 at 10 am, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Cemetery (3401 Highland Drive), followed by an informal gathering at 2369 Evergreen Avenue (3435 South), Salt Lake City."
Anita Bishop Send Email
Soeur Anita Arrigona graveside services 13 Sep 2011
Message from Jean-Michel Arrigona: "Everyone is invited to a graveside service (for Soeur Anita Arrigona) Saturday, 9/17 at 10 am, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Cemetery (3401 Highland Drive), followed by an informal gathering at 2369 Evergreen Avenue (3435 South), Salt Lake City."
Anita Bishop Send Email
Sister Anita Arrigona 06 Sep 2011
Soeur Anita Arrigona, wife of the late President James S. Arrigona, passed away on August 31, 2011, in the home of one of her daughters in LA, surrounded by her children and most of her grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending, probably to be held in Salt Lake City. As Sharon Worrell Wehle has so well stated, "This is bittersweet to hear of her passing as we look forward to a reunion that is devoted to so many memories of them and the influence they had on so many. As one brother has already said..."at least they are together"... and what a glorious reunion that must have been!"
Anita Bishop Send Email
Combined Mission Reunion 02 Aug 2011
The reunion page here erroneously had our combined BBM reunion date as July 7, 2011 (that was the date I created the 2nd notice for the reunion). The reunion is still going to be Fri. Sept. 30, 7-11 p.m. at the BYU Wilkinson Center Ballroom. Please bring a plate of potluck finger food for 4 people. Drinks provided. Nice casual attire. Hope to see you there!
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Mission records under Eccles administration 22 Jul 2011
Hi everyone,
This message is for any missionary serving in the Belgium Brussels Mission from 1994 to 1997. The Church History Library in Salt Lake City never received any records for our mission during this time period. The records that were kept in the office were never submitted. That makes me sad. People come into the library for many reasons, but sometimes it is to access their old mission records where they can look up transfer information, who and where they served, names of people they baptized, etc. Or, they will look up the information for their father or grandfather because they're working on personal or family histories. But because the records were never submitted during the entire course of my mission, I can't do that and neither will my children or grandchildren Unfortunately, the same will be true for many of you.

If any of you, particularly those who worked in the office, have any idea what may have happened to the records, please let me know. The library staff has contacted President Eccles. He doesn't have anything. I'm going to contact the new mission homes as well to find out if they might have them stored somewhere.

Worst case scenario, I know the library is always looking for donations of missionary journals to document the history of the Church in specific areas. In my case, I'd have to request that they restricted until long after I'm dead, but I guess that's an option too.

Please contact me if you have any ideas or suggestions.

My email address is Home number 801.797.9734
Marie Erickson Send Email
ALL Brussels Mission Reunion 29 Oct 2010
Please contact me if you would be interested in helping to put together an ALL Brussels Reunion on or about October 2011 General Conference. Any era, any president French-speaking missionary (1963-2002) would be invited. Details forthcoming, probably in SLC area, so SL-based alumni are encouraged to volunteer for their respective groups...tasks will be split up so that the loads will be light.
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Trip to France 06 Sep 2010
We had to cancel our trip in 2008, but this year we have purchased our airline tickets, so it is going to happen! I am still trying to get in touch with President and Sister Degrave of Lille, former president of the Lille France Stake. I have sent them emails and not gotten a response. I baptized them and would love to see them if they are still alive.
Bruce Albert Embry Send Email
New "Arrigona Years" facebook group 11 Apr 2010
A new facebook group has been created to share memories and photos with all missionaries who served with President James S. and Sister Anita Arrigona (1977-1980).

To participate, you will need to sign up for facebook if you don't already have an account. Use the keywords "Arrigona Years" to find the group, or enter this URL:

Lynn Matthews Anderson is acting as administrator for the group. If you have any questions, please contact her at
David Anderson Send Email
Facebook Group for C. Steven Hatch Missionaries 23 Mar 2010
If you served any portion of your mission under President C. Steven Hatch in years 1980-1983, please join the Facebook group "Belgium Brussels Mission - C. Steven Hatch Years - 1980-1983" so we can reconnect as former missionaries and companions during that time. Feel free to post pictures, etc. that you might have.
John Wiggins Send Email
looking for... 10 Mar 2010
Soeur Lisa Norton, Allison Davis Day, Soeur BenMimoun... Any leads would be appreciated!
mary kathleen schade Send Email
Melissa Moyle 05 Mar 2010
I am trying to contact Sister Moyle who was my companion in Strasburg
Tracy Helen Siswick Send Email
Elder Lynn Evans passes away (Thionville 19995-97) 10 Nov 2009
Elder Lynn Evans passes away. Nov 8, 2009
Elder Lynn and Sister Georgia Evans served as Branch President in Thionville and Metz France from 1995 - 1997. Both former members of the Tabernacle Choir, the Evans often entertained with renditions of "New York, New York," "Sunrise, Sunset" and other musical showtunes. Elder Evans celebrated his75th birthday in Metz, France.
His funeral will be on Friday, Nov.13, 2009 at 3080 S. 1765E. Salt Lake City at 11:30. A viewing precedes the funeral from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. A viewing Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm will be held at Canyon Road Towers 123 E. 2nd Avenue #206 in Salt Lake. Feel free to call or email Soeur Day with any questions or messages for Sister Evans. or 801.216.4394
Maleah Warner Send Email
Mary Sirois 24 Oct 2009
I am trying to locate and contact Sister Mary Sirois. She served in Reims, France in the early part of 1983 (around February /March). If anyone knows her whereabouts please contact me. Thank you. Sam Goold
Samuel Linden Goold Send Email
Updated Parker Reunion details 12 Oct 2009
Updated Parker Reunion details:

Friday, April 2, 2010
Time: 7-10 p.m.

Highland Utah West Stake Center
11605 North 6000 West
Highland, Utah (northern Utah County, west of Alpine)

First hour: Fireside in chapel to honor Parkers (appropriate attire requested)

LingerLonger: Mix and mingle, light refreshments, until the cows come home!

RSVP to Chris Miasnik here on or
Chris Miasnik Send Email
See above 06 Oct 2009
See above
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Any News of the Deweede Family 29 Sep 2009
I am looking for any information about members of the Deweede family. Four members of the family joined the church in Troyes in March of 1976. Bro. and Sister Deweede and their adult daughter Manou, and ~ 13 yr only daughter, Sandrine. The week following their baptism, they moved to Brussels.
Thayne Hansen Send Email
FB BBM Alumni Group 75-77 14 Aug 2009
All Barton, Parker, and Arrigona 75-77 alums: Please join us at a Facebook group site for BBM alumni. Once you have registered on FB, go down to the left-hand corner of the page and click on the 2-headed icon for Groups, then in the Search for Groups box in the upper right corner of the next page type Belgium Brussels LDS Mission Alumni 1975-1977, and then please join our group. We've just started it and are expanding slowly but surely. You'll find friends there, and I've got a reunion master list if you're looking for someone in particular. If you have some old mission photos you can upload, we'd love to see them. Thanks! ~~ Chris
Chris Miasnik Send Email
Original Games from an ol'missionary 29 Apr 2009
Mission members past and present,

First of all, thanks to "Thos Swallow" for keeping this service going for this alumni group!
I haven't seen all of my mission pals on here yet, but perhaps one day...

Okay, here is my fun for all of you. I have started a small game company on the
side and I am trying to get the word out about it, so I am posting this message to the alumni about the website so that they can take a look and, if they chose to, sign up for the newsletter.

Here is the site so you can take a look;

This is a site for Original table and outdoor games.

Thanks you for your time,

Tony Ripley
David (Tony) Ripley Send Email
Festival du film Mormon Edition 2009 à Bruxelles 17 Feb 2009
Voici le lien sur lequel vous trouverez tous les détails relatifs au Festival du film Mormon Edition 2009 qui se déroulera à Bruxelles :
Daniel DENIS Send Email
Brussels Airport- Friterie? 16 Feb 2009
Is there a decent friterie near the Brussels airport? I'm flying through there on the way to Italy, and have a 3-hour layover. I'd love to find some frites!

Thanks in advance.
Ben Spackman Send Email
No "Harrison" reunion this fall. 17 Sep 2008
President and Sister Harrison have asked me to post that they will not be hosting a BBN Mission reunion for Fall 2008.

Instead, they felt it important to attend the wedding of their son Christopher in California.

They send their love and support.
Byron Phillip Redd Send Email
Looking for Soeur Chevalier 31 Aug 2008
I am interested in learning about my first companion, Sr. Crystale Chevalier. We served in Lambersart together for five months. She was awesome and veeeery patient with me. I would love to get in touch with her.....
Suzan Sunderland Send Email
Thomas Brown group 06 Jul 2008
I am trying to get in touch with my first junior companion, David Harmon. We were in Lille together in early 1971 and had five baptisms. He was struggling with his testimony and I have felt prompted for a number of years to make contact.
Bruce Albert Embry Send Email
Contact info re: Scott Darlington 17 Jun 2008
Does anyone have anything? We served in Lille together in 03.
Jon Cooper Send Email
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