Helping refugees–

A shout out to the Cedar Mill Oregon Stake Relief Society, who decided to celebrate Easter on Saturday by helping refugees. Pics include us with the amazing Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie who leads the refugee resettlement team at Catholic Charities (and who was a refugee herself), stake sisters and friends building kits for refugees, and our friends Yvette Dyer and Helen Burton (who was also a refugee). Congratulations to Sister Emily Thomas and her committee for putting on such a Christlike event.


Interfaith Seder–

Enjoyed the Interfaith Passover Seder on Thursday night with Rabbi Rose (seen over Reenie’s shoulder). There were at least seven LDS people there, as well as representatives from several other Christian and Muslim faith communities. Wonderful evening!



Evening with the Rabbis–

Had a wonderful Interfaith Fireside last Sunday with four Rabbis who explained the four great movements of Judaism to 450 LDS people in our area. It was awesome! Rabbi Kosak called it “one of the best run Interfaith endeavors of which we have been part.” Kudos to Steve Rallison, the director of public affairs for the Beaverton stake for such an amazing event!


Living Legends–

So fun to watch the BYU dance troop LIVING LEGENDS last weekend. We especially enjoyed having two of the dancers stay with us: Jaime (whose parents are from Peru) and Ruben (who is one quarter Omaha). Great to meet two such outstanding young men with proud heritage.

Supporting our Muslim Friends–

It was amazing to participate in a interfaith meeting last night in support of our Muslim friends and neighbors who have been worried about the recent executive order. With just three days notice, over one thousand faith leaders, lawyers, judges, police, politicians, school teachers, and friends jammed into the meeting house and worship center of the Muslim Education Trust in Tigard, Oregon. We heard from a Rabbi, a Judge, the new mayor of Portland, two police chiefs, some commissioners and others, letting our friends know that we care about them and welcome them into our community. A shout out to Wajdi Said for getting this organized. We love you, brother!