Monday, January 19, 2015

Transfer #7

This week I am grateful for a Monday with nice weather that allowed us to go on an outing with all the missionaries on the island.  We went to the Caldera de Bandama.  It is a massive crater at the center of an ancient, dormant volcano.  It is only about 10 minutes from our house and the views were beautiful.  

After the dry months of summer and fall, everything had turned very brown.  But with a couple of wet months, spring has come to the island.  I love the green!

 There was once a farm at the bottom of the caldera.

There was a paved walkway at the beginning of the trail.

 Of course, we had to stop and take pictures along the way.  
Elders Moreland, Bybee, Norrell, Priest, Hansen, Sarango, Nash, Hermanas Trone and West
Elder Maxfield was our photographer.  
If anyone is wondering about Elder Bybee's pants, they are gypsy pants.  Very interesting!

We put the pretty yellow flowers to good use.

We only had time to go halfway down where there was a nice landing.

It also seemed to be a great day for Selfies!

After our hike, we came back to our house for grilled hanburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and potato salad.  Not quite like back home, but a good second.

We topped it off with chocolate chip cookies.   And here we have Elder Larsen at the kitchen sink.
He has washed many a dish since we got here.

Felix attends our English classes.  He did an analysis of Hermana Trone's handwriting.

We attended district meeting with these four wonderful missionaries.  
Afterwards we ate a delicious meal. 
 Elders Sarango, Maxfield, Norrell, and Nash

Thursday, Fabio received his mission call.  He is going to Manchester, England.  
He reports on April 9th.  We are so excited for him.  He will be a wonderful missionary.

The missionaries celebrated Elder Bybee's birthday early.  The tradition of the ugly angel was added onto and given to Elder Bybee.

Friday afternoon I was able to be part of another lesson with Luis, one of my students from English class.  I enjoy the opportunity to share my love of Jesus Christ and His gospel.  Friday night we had our first Addiction Recovery Class.  It is twelve week program.  The program is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.  There has been great success in using this program. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help these people.

On Saturday, we had an activity with our young adults in Vecindario, but I have no pictures.  We watched the broadcast of a talk by Donald Hallstrom.  Afterwards we had a spaghetti dinner, with snickerdoodles for dessert.

Saturday evening we attended a baptism for Yajira.  She has such a sweet family.

She was baptized by her father-in-law.

 The missionaries sang a special number for the baptism and I accompanied them.
Because Elder Bybee had been on the island for six months, we were pretty sure he would be leaving on this transfer.  The announcement came that night that he would be going to Madrid and Elder Hansen would be going to Acala de Henares.  It is always hard to see the missionaries leave the island.

 Hermana Trone was very animated in a story she was sharing.

Dario taught a great lesson for our Sunday School class.  He has such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ.  He only has a little more than a month left before he leaves for his mission.  We will miss him, but he will serve well in Argentina.
 Amado, Luis, Dario Ricardo, Enzo, Kimberly and Hermana Larsen 

I will close with this thought that Elder Holland shared in his talk at General Conference in October.
I am grateful to know this, and to feel the love of my Father in Heaven on a daily basis.

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