Friday, March 8, 2013

The YM and YW Learned How The Revolutionary War Was Fought In SC

Making fire with flint from his flint pouch.
Frank Holloway, Sister Wakefield's brother, and his wife Brenda presented a Revolutionary War living history to Sumter Ward's Young Men and Young Women on Wednesday March 6, 2013. He took on the role of one of General Francis Marion's men. Known as The Swamp Fox, Marion had great success as he prevented General Cornwallis from leaving Charleston after the British captured the city.
There were 69 Revolutionary War battles fought in SC. New York
was second with 11.  Frank was proud to state that the War was
won in SC. When Cornwallis made his way back north, he was already defeated.
This made General Washington's job easier.

Explaining that The Swamp Fox ran through the swamps all around
the Sumter, Lee, and Clarendon county areas including the swamp
next door to the church building.

Frank told how just 30 miles away at Ft. Watson, Marion and his
men were able to capture the fort on the Santee River by builing a
tower during the night. The next morning the troops in the fort were
looking up at men and rifles pointing down from the tower into the fort.
The white flag was raised over the fort.

Boys as young as 12 or 13 joined the militia...blacks free and slaves
as well as whites joined the fight. Marion usually had  20 to 70 men
at a time fighting with him.

Getting a young man ready to leave home and go to war.

Marion's men had learned fighting skills from the Native

Swamp Fox! Swamp Fox!
Tail on his hat.
Nobody knows where 'da Swamp Fox at.
Swamp Fox! Swamp Fox!
Hiding in the glen,
He runs away to fight again.

We got lead and we got powder
We don't fight with an empty gun
Only makes us shout the louder
We are men of Marion.

If a young man had a rifle, it was probably given to him by his
father before leaving home.

All geared up and ready for battle.

Revolutionary War History Lesson Moved Outdoors

Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and his men did not fight like
the British...they usually surprised the British and would then run
back into the swamps. The British could not follow. They were as
some of the kids said, Gorilla Warfare Fighters.
Frank took the YM and YW outside and let them throw tomahawks.

Showing the technique.

Emily Larsen, YW advisor, nails one in the center target.

Bishop Howard has success!!

Elder Abankwa's attempt earlier that morning.

Jane showing the elders how it is done.

Frank ended the evening by firing his musket.

Ready...Aim...Fire..Goodby British

A Three Move Weekend

Elder Wakefield and his trailer had a record breaking day on
Saturday March 2, 2013...3 moves in one day. This is a picture
of the Laynes moving...We've sort of lost count, but we think
this is move # 18 of 19 moves since coming on our mission.

Matt Flatt (a friend), Elder Esplin (ignore the bunny ears over
Matt's head), Bernie Montgomery (a member), Elder Abankwa,
Elder Overfelt, Elder Waldron, Troy Taylor (Elders' Quorum
Presidency), and his son Max, Matthew and Brother Layne. 
Everyone was impressed with Elder Wakefield's trailer backing
skills.... A cold long day, but they all had a great time.

February 23, 2013 Baptism

Teresa White was baptized on February 23, 2013.

Sister White said she didn't know why she waited. Her son and
daughter were baptized two years ago.

Sister White and her husband.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ward Valentine Dinner Dance Feb. 9, 2013

The Elders' Quorum hosted a fabulous dinner and dance
for Sumter Ward. Yummy Spaghetti and desserts.
Everyone had a blast.

Elders Kerr, Overfelt, Abankwa, and Esplin

Bishop and Sister Howard

The Franklins

Dusty, Beth, and Sheri Rhoades...Barbara and Steven Snipes

The very lovely, Emily Larsen...She worked so hard to help
make the night a success.

The Limbo... How Low Can You Go?

Brother Larsen while carrying a baby.

Frances English

Sam Green

Michelle Putnam

Our very own...Elder Abankwa

Dancing The Night Away

Josh Larsen and Sister Wakefield Swing Dancing

Emily and Josh Larsen

Lath and Donna Harris

Laurie and David Abbott

Aleesha and Camarron Franklin

Michelle and Barry Putnam

Regina dn Jeff Phillips

Lindsey and Bishop Ryan Howard

Elder and Sister Wakefield

Sam and Carolyn Green

Bunny Hop/Line Dancing/YMCA

Sister Neiman and Bill

Bunny Hop

Aleesha Frankilin, Cat Joyner and Donna Harris

Connie, Bishop Howard, Cat, and Donna Harris

Line Dancing Carolyn Green

Sister Wakefield

Brother and Sister Phillips

Laurie Abbott

Emily Larsen