June 4, 2012
Dear Family and Friends,
How is everyone back home? Are the kids glad to be out of school? How about Moms – are you also glad the kids are out of school? The kids here are sad because the school year begins next week for them. They only get a two month break. We hope that you are all doing well.
It is hard to believe that another week has gone by so quickly. We began our week on Monday with a tremendous Zone Conference in Puerto Princesa. It was so good to have President and Sister Stucki here. They taught us some wonderful things and it is always so good to get all of the missionaries together from both Puerto and Narra Zones. We love our missionaries and are so grateful for our mission president.
Tuesday we were off to Brookes Point to have District Meeting and to conduct a District Leader Training for a new District Leader. Mom was not feeling well enough to travel so I traveled to Brookes Point with the Zone Leaders. It was a good trip. One of the Zone Leaders was pretty happy that Mom didn’t go with us because he gets car sick and now he could sit in the front seat. He kept saying how bad the roads were. I made sure that he kept talking most of the way and I also said that if he felt sick he needed to say STOP! Don’t just say I’m not feeling well. I have learned that you stop and get out of the car! We had a good trip and some good conversation about missions, life and of course the gospel. We love our missionaries.
After the District Leader training I asked if I could take everyone to lunch. That was probably a silly question because I am sure they were expecting it. There is only one restaurant in the city and luckily it is a pretty decent eatery. I decided to have the ‘pig face’ without the pig. They made mine with tuna. It was really good but a little too greasy. It is served on a hot plate like they serve fajitas in the States. Just before they serve it they crack a raw egg on the top of the hot food. As you stir it all together the egg cooks. It was surprising that the dish was so spicy. I found that they put little tiny peppers in the food and believe me – they were very hot. When I learned that they had put the peppers in the food and after my lips and tongue settled down I picked out the remaining peppers. I don’t like to sweat from the food while I am already sweating from the temperature. I’m just strange that way!
We spent the remainder of the week working with Family History and trying to recuperate from all of the travel. We did have to travel back to Puerto to do some grocery shopping. We were delighted to find that a portion of the new mall had opened. Wow! It was nice to be in a large, new grocery store. It is funny how simple things make us so happy now.
Well, we are preparing for the Senior Coupes Retreat next week. We are excited to have all of the senior couples come to Palawan. It will be good to see them all again.
We hope that this letter finds each of you in good health and enjoying life as it is. Remember, it just doesn’t get any better than this! We love you all and pray for you every day. Thank you again for your love and prayers. We have been so blessed to be here in this beautiful land with these wonderful people. Please take care of yourselves and give the kids lots of hugs from us. 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