Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Institute Training

This week I am grateful for all of the wonderful young adults that we get to spend our time with each week, missionaries and young single adults.  They are the greatest!

We started out our week with a Missionary Pday (preparation day) at our house.  It was a beautiful day outside and we all enjoyed being together!
They wrote their emails.
 Elder Wiltbank, Hermana Irigoyen, Hermana Grover
You have to love technology today.  Here is Hermana Grover taking pictures of the pictures that her family sent to her.  That way she can look at them during the week, since they can only be on the computer on Pday.  

 We ate yummy fried chicken and I had lots of help in the kitchen
from these wonderful missionaries.

 Elder Hansen and Elder Gentry

 Elder Larsen performed a great act of service
and shined all of the missionaries shoes.  

They played knock out.

 Elder Dyer, Bybee, Thunell, Hermana Irigoyen, Grover, Elder Wiltbank

Here we have Elder Bybee sporting some gypsy pants that all the missionaries love.

 And is this is what you do if you are trying to play basketball in gypsy pants.
We were all grateful that he had only worn them at the house, 
and not out in public!

 Elder Thunell
Elder Bybee
 Elder Dyer
 Elder Dyer getting a little crazy!

 Elders Dyer, Hansen, and Hermana Grover and Irigoyen playing a little ping pong.

A fun day!
 And a silly picture!

The Smiths stayed with us again on Monday night and then left early Tuesday morning.  They are a wonderful family and we really enjoyed getting to know them.  We decided they would make the perfect neighbors.  Now we just have to convince them to move to Utah.

Tuesday afternoon we had a great Indexing event with five of our young adults.  Two youth joined us and our genealogy director.  This is the group enjoying lunch afterwards. 
Elder Larsen, Sarinhaah, Saray, Aida, Gabriela, Denisse, Marta, Fran, Jonaton

Hermana Grover took a few pictures of our English class.  I think now that August is over,
 we should have better attendance.  

When we were in Vigo, Elder Bybee and Elder Wiltbank taught the English class.  
I start out class each week telling them something about Texas.  
This is them poking fun at me by telling things about Utah and Wisconsin.
Silly missionaries!

 Elder Hansen was on splits from Telde, Elder Bybe, Hermanas Grover and Irigoyen

We had a great district meeting on Wednesday.  Elder Larsen was asked to share some things that he had learned on his mission to Spain 38 years ago, or things he wished he would have known.  He gave a great message about the atonement.  We talk so often about how Christ's atonement allows us to be cleansed from our sins, but we don't talk as much about how Christ knows all the suffering of this earth, not just suffering from sin.  We can follow His admonition to take His yoke upon us as it says in Matthew 11:28-30.  He felt all the suffering of the world and now He will succor each one of us, no matter what we are going through.  Elder Larsen said as a missionary he sometimes thought that he just needed to work harder, when really he needed to turn more to the Lord.  It was a great message.

Homemade Apple Pie-Happy Missionaries!

We had a big group at Institute in Vecindario.  
It was Jennifer's birthday, so her two nieces and mother joined us.

 Happy Birthday Jennifer!

We had a big groups in Las Palmas as well, with three investigators.  

We love it when everyone comes.

Saturday morning we helped pick up people at the airport for the training meeting for Seminary and Institute teachers.  Elder Larsen will be teaching the group in Vecindario and my Spanish might get to where I could share a few things.  We will see how that goes.  The meeting was wonderful and the man at the far end of the table, Jose Morales, is over the Church Education System for all of Spain.  He has spoken to us one other time.  He is an amazing man.  He truly makes the scriptures come to life.  I love being taught by him.  
Afterwards, we all had lunch together.

We dropped people off at the airport, ran home to do some baking, and headed to Vecindario for a baptism and a genealogy meeting.  It was a very busy Saturday.

Fabio was able to baptism his sister Ana, and his broher Renato.  I love their smiles.

Our mission president and his wife were in town for our zone conference.  They attended the Vecindario ward with us on Sunday and then came to the house for dinner.  I fixed my new favorite Szechan Shrimp dish.  It was only the second time I had fixed it, but it was yummy and I think every one enjoyed it.  

The weeks are flying by. We are very busy and very grateful to have this opportunity to serve the Lord.


  1. 3rd time trying to your blog and your mission pics. what a great opportunity and support you must be to the missionaries and saints in the Canary Islands....not a bad view either I might add. We hope we can follow your example as a couple missionary as soon as our 7th grader graduates high school...your friends, the schroedters

  2. So glad you are enjoying the blog. We are enjoying our missionary service, always wondering if we are doing enough, or if we should be doing something different. I guess that is how we continue to grow. We miss Katy and all of our friends there.