Isn't that gleaming floor beautiful? We spent two days scrubbing paint, tile adhesive and dirt off the floor with a dear senior sister friend who helped us. We are so happy to be in a clean apartment. Furniture will come from the mission home when they refurnish it in January.
Blue kitchen, blue bathroom
We have ordered a bed but we have been sleeping on air mattresses for a week waiting for it! We are thankful our fellow Elder and Sister had these we could borrow or it would have been a really long week. We are expecting the bed today, hopefully!
Meet Bhagwansingh's aka Home Depot.
This is one of the saddest things! There is trash EVERYWHERE!
Our p-day trip to the beach! Yes- it is an island!
Sister Sanner and I were searching for shells for our grandchildren!
These are the pictures you were expecting from our mission, right?
It really is beautiful.
Very large birds on the beach!
A few of our feet loving the feel of the sand! It sure doesn't feel or look like Christmas! Guess which are mine and Elder Monson's?
Speaking of Christmas, this was anther branch's Christmas party. Here's their version of the nativity play.
The Elders performing some kind of Hindu dance!
All the members...everyone comes to the Christmas party!
The sales lady playing with her food!
The same snail lady. This was the first book of Mormon I placed for the day, They were interested but could not read. Illiteracy is a big problem here. After testifying to the truth of the book and reading the purpose from the cover page, he said he would like to have it and promised he would take it to a person in his family that could read it to him.
This is a little architectural tour. The houses look askance because they are put together as the people can afford materials, sometimes over years which account for the different structures, colors and textures. In previous posts, you saw the mansions of the very rich people in Valsayn where the mission office, home and office senior couples live. Everyone else seems to be poor or very very poor.
The grocery store entrance.
Perfect picture of the covering of their heavy thick braids to cool off in the heat and humidity.
This is the branch president of one of the branches. His hair is beautiful. It is hard to see here, but to the left of his tie is part of it. It reaches almost to his waist. He is a great man and has an adorable family. I'd guess he's about 31.
Look closely at what the man with the blue tshirt is holding. A goat's head. All the hanging bags sell parts of the goat, every imaginable part!
We talked about Christmas, Christ's birth, the actual date of his birth (they knew) and his divinity. These people promised to read the Book of Mormon.
Look closely at this picture. Before we got here, one of the missionaries said this is the neighborhood they tract daily and to get ready because we are going straight up a mountain. Notice the people going straight up toward the light at the top. I was holding onto Elder Monson's belt buckle and it seriously reminded me of hiking straight up mountains at the cabin only in the dark with missionary shoes and a skirt on!
Literally perched n the side of these mountains on stilts of raggedy planks of wood were shacks where families live.
This is the family pet of Mary's children. They caught it two nights ago on the side of the hill.
Merry Christmas ........until next week!