Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Little Miracle

This week I am thankful for little miracles.  This group of missionaries have been wanting to go to Roque Nublo for a couple of months.  It seems like we have had cloudy, drizzly skies forever up in the mountains.  Sunday was rainy all day, but we woke up to beautiful blue skies on Monday.  We ran to the store for picnic-makings, the missionaries caught the bus up to our house, and we headed up to Roque Nublo.  We were sad that our missionaries in Vecindario and Telde were not able to join us.

As we were driving up the mountains, the clouds moved in.  By the time we got to the picnic area, it looked like we were in a thick fog and it was 48°F.  We had told the missionaries that it would be cold.  Some of them didn't believe us, and some of them hadn't brought warm clothes to the island.  Let's just say, they were freezing.


We had about decided to drive back down the mountain, but at the last minute we decided to keep going.  We had not driven five minutes when the clouds parted and we were looking at beautiful skies.  And there was Roque Nublo.


And here we have the missionaries touching the rock and making a wish.

After lots of photos and seeing some beautiful views, the clouds started to move in again.

By the time we got back down to the parking lot, it looked like this.
How grateful we were for this little miracle!

Next Sunday, we are having a musical devotional.  We have had lots of music practices this week.  I am so grateful to have Elder Bartholomew and Elder Ruiz who also play the piano.  It is nice to have them help with some of the accompanying.  

At one of our pracitces we accidentally looked "matchy-matchy!"

Tuesday night, we had a good old-fashioned game of Musical Chairs.  It's funny to see adults be so competitive.

                                                    Hermana West walked away from the final round with a smile!
I played the music for the game.

I finally remembered to take a picture at one of our Adult Institute classes.  These are a few of the people that attend.  We have really enjoyed studying Church History with them this year.

This week, the Jacksons flew down on Thursday to do interviews, so we had our district meeting after that.  It was wonderful to have the Jacksons with us. They bring a wonderful spirit with them and they are a great inspiration to all of us.  

Afterward, we had chicken pasta salad, Jewish Sweet Bread, and pecan pie.  Yum!

So happy to serve with these wonderful people
 E. Sarango, Ruiz, H. West, E. Maxfield, H. Trone, E. Moreland, Pres. & H. Jackson, E. Priest, E. Norrell, E. Larsen, E. Bartholomew, H. Larsen, E. Nash

Another photo of these great elders!

Friday night we attended Salim's baptism.  There was a wonderful spirit as always.

 Afterwards there was a ward Valentine/ Carnaval Party.  As you can see, they dress up in costumes for Carnaval.  A few ladies had planned together to be Minnie Mouse, and then they arrived at the church to find that everyone had the same idea.  Aren't they cute?

The missionaries were in charge of games for the little ones.

 Two of our young adults, Josué and John, enjoying the sugar cookies I made.

Saturday I baked cookies for our home teaching families and for a baptism. We drove down to Port Mogan, on the west side of the island to visit the Herhiems. This is the view from their street. Amazing!

We found out that the baptism had been cancelled, so since it was Valentine's Day, my sweetheart took me to the Faro Restaurant where we had been before with the Palms.  Since it was in the early evening, we were able to enjoy the beautiful view.  Because the weather is always beautiful on this end of the island, it is an open-air restaurant.

This was my view from our table.  Just wonderful, including my sweetheart!

Then we took a nice walk down to the lighthouse.

We were pleasantly surprised to run into the Cruz family from Las Palmas.

And then we came across these amazing sand sculptures.  
This would be the favorite of some of my grandkids.

But I was most impressed with this rendition of the Last Supper.  What talent!

We had Institute after church.  I am so impressed with the young adults who will spend three hours in church and then they are happy to stay for 1 1/2 hours more for our class.  We do have sandwiches in between and today we had banana cake for Kimberly's birhtday!

Even though our schedule is basically the same every week with piano lessons, English classes, Institute classes, district meetings, and Addiction Recovery Classes, as you can tell from our blog, every week seems to have something extra going on.  We love that!  I love when I feel the Spirit bearing witness to me that what we are doing is pleasing to the Lord.  I love to hear the testimonies of our young adults.  I love the opportunity we have right now to be teaching the missionary discussions to a young man.  The gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy and peace to my life.  It gives eternal purpose to the things that I do everyday.  How blessed I am!

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