September 6, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Adam.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kim. We hope that you both had a wonderful birthday.
What a wonderful week this has been. This is transfer week and that means we said goodbye to another group of missionaries this week. It is sad to see them leave as they complete their missions but it is so fun to see their excitement for life and the future that is before them. As we say goodbye there is always a prayer in our hearts that they have built that firm foundation that will bless them for the rest of their lives. The gospel is fun and exciting in so many ways. Our ‘going home’ Temple Session with the missionaries is always so good. We enjoy having that opportunity every 6 weeks to be in the Temple with the missionaries and we love to be with them for their ‘farewell’ testimony meeting with President and Sister Stucki. We have been very blessed.
Top Left – Elder Lee
Top Right – Elders Afaga & Hopkins
Middle Left – Elder Hernaez
Middle Right – Elder Smith
Bottom Left – Sister Fabrigas
(Elder Morgan is kneeling next to her)
Our Temple Preparation classes are taking off now. We have 4 members that will be able to attend the Temple but we have 5 or 6 other members that meet with us in our class. They love to learn and enjoy learning about the Temple. We enjoy teaching the class. Our Tagalog is getting a little better – we teach about half in Tagalog and half in English (we call that Taglish). We use the chalkboard a lot – sometimes it feels that we are playing Pictionary. We look forward to being in the Temple with these wonderful members.
We are doing well. It is exciting to be here. Each day it seems that we see or experience something new. Just when we think we have seen it all then something different happens that makes us smile and appreciate our blessings even more. One night as we got into bed and started reading our scriptures, I opened my Book of Mormon and found a surprise. A small lizard (butiki) had settled in my book inside the front cover and got stuck. Those things are everywhere here. I had to laugh (after I was a little ‘grossed out’) because I use my scriptures multiple times during the day – so how did it get stuck in the book and end up smashed on the cover? Well, I tried to pull off the remains but it began tearing the paper, so I put some tape over him and he is now immortalized or preserved inside my scriptures.
The rain continues to fall in unbelievable amounts. We are tired of being wet! One of our missionaries said that this is the transfer when the sun doesn’t shine. That hasn’t been proven wrong yet.
We hope that you are all doing well. Thank you for your love, prayers and support. We love each of you and pray for you daily. Keep smiling and remember to BE good, DO good, and BE men and women of Christ. And always remember to say your prayers.
Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Janene and Grant