Last Monday, I had two piano students. One is new and has never taken any lessons before, but she is very bright and caught on very quickly. Both of these girls were a pleasure to work with.
I came up with a new game for English Class, and it was very well received. It is good when we can have fun and learn at the same time. Even adult learners like to have fun.
We had a little miracle on Wednesday night. We had just got everyone seated with their food and drinks, when one end of the table collapsed. The miracle was that even though the one end went to the floor, the only thing that fell off was the water jug. Not one bit of Chicken Cacciatore, noodles, green beans, or bread came off of the plates. I am pretty sure that can be classified as a miracle.
Elder Larsen cleaning up the water with a smile on his face.
Kimberly and Irenis
Inzo and Fabio
We had a small group, but Elder Larsen gave a good lesson using Matthew 11:28-30. We had a good discussion and everyone enjoyed the food.
Thursday we did more piso inspections. Even though it wasn't July 4th, I thought the Elders would enjoy some chocolate chip cookies. I have to share the game that Elder Larsen told the missionaries that we were going to play while doing the inspections. He shared with them that there was a time when our children were little, and rowdy during church. To help motivate them to be quiet, we started rewarding them with ice cream after church. If they were quiet, they could have 4 scoops of ice cream. If they were acting up and wouldn't listen to us, then we just held up 3 fingers, and they knew they had lost one scoop of ice cream, then 2 fingers, etc. Most of the time, this worked really well, but we did have certain children who sometimes got down to no scoops, and the motivation was gone. Nothing is perfect! Anyway, we had a list from the office telling us what to look for in the apartments. Elder Larsen told the missionaries that for each item that wasn't clean, they would lose a cookie. All of the missionaries were happy to find out that he was only kidding!
Hermana Larsen, Elder Poulson, Elder Dyer
Elders Rawlinson, Gentry, and Larsen
All of the missionaries worked hard on their apartments,
and I don't think I can pick a
But I most definitely can pick the most interesting apartment.
I had to take pictures of this very interesting architecture!
Ceiling in the living room.
Archway between living room and eating area.
Interesting rock work on various places throughout the apartment.
And look at the
that these elders actually use!
Very custom kitchen
Dishwasher, Built-in Oven, and Built in Microwave!
And isn't this exactly the color your would like to wake up to everyday?
Along with the piso inspections, we did talk about the importance of keeping collars clean and white. So, Elder McWhorter came up with his own ingenious idea of how to keep his collars white. At least he gets points for creativity!
Thursday night, after English Classes, we had Family Home Evening. The sisters were in charge of the lesson.
I told them this photo looks like the "Vana White" version of a spiritual lesson!
Elder Thunell and Elder Wiltbank
Elder Shumway and Elder McWhorter
Elder Wiltbank and Elder Shumway
were in charge of refreshments.
They were rather impressed
with themselves that they had made sandwiches.
Even Elder McWhorter
wanted some credit!
Friday night, we had our largest group of young adults ever. Elder Larsen gave a great lesson, we had some good discussion, and afterwards we gave them a good meal. It was a very fun night.
Omar, Jhon, Naomí, Sara,Gabriella, Jonathon, Elder Larsen, Sara
Fran, David, Andres, Josué (who always has an interesting look for photos)
Aida had already left.
Saturday, we had a Young Single Adult Activity at the house for Vecindario and Las Palmas. We thought that if we could get 15 here, it would be a good turn out. We had 21, four who were friends. What a great turn out. Was I ever glad that I had prepared a lot of food! We had hot dogs with all the fixings, Barbecue Chicken sandwiches, potato salad with the fresh potatoes that we bought, yum yum! baked beans, 7 layer dip, chips, snickerdoodles, and Chocolate Lush, with Spanish substitutes. They loved it all.
Afterwards, we formed two teams and played Minute-to-Win-It. Lots of friendly competition.
Gabriela and Aida trying out a game
Aida explaining the rules.
Sara, Irenis, Gabriela
Fran and Jonathon
They even had Elder Larsen and I do a game to break a tie.
Team #1 won Minute-to-Win-It, so the got to start the Treasure Hunt 2 minutes sooner than Team #2.
Elder Larsen made a very difficult 10 clue Treasure Hunt that took them all over the house and outside.
Kimberly, Gabriela, and Sara
Sara, Omar, Jhon and Fabio
Even without the headstart, Team #2 came out victorious!
Irenis is leaving for her mission on July 22nd, so we had our activity as a farewell to her.
We wish her the best.
She will be a great missionary in the Spain Barcelona Misison.
Then we enjoyed a few minutes just to rest and relax after our busy games.
David doesn't looked too relaxed with Sara about to hit him!
Fabio, Inzo, Omar
Kimberly, Jhon, Irenis
Hermana Larsen and Gabriela
Elder Larsen, Fran, Jonathon
Hermana Larsen and Sara
A special thanks to
Aida and Sara
for planning a successful activity!
Elder Larsen had his first high council assignment to speak at the Telde Branch today, so we got to see these two wonderful elders.
Elders Dyer, Larsen, Poulson
Then we headed over to Vecindario for the rest of our meetings. and we got to see these two wonderful missionaries. We also had a Family Home Evening with them tonight with Fabio's brothers and sisters. We had a wonderful lesson on gratitude. An attitude of gratitude truly can make us a better people. And I am grateful for all of the good people we have the opportunity to interact with here on the island.
Elder Rawlinson and Elder Gentry