It was inevitable that we would run into the dark side of Trinidad sometime! It happened this weekend on the heels of a great success!
Let's start with a picture of a mom walking her baby to school..... across a freeway, basically! Luckily, there are stoplights occasionally, but speeds quickly build to 100+ kilometers on this street!
I meant to add the DELICIOUS milk counter at Pricemart to my food post! The milk at home is missed more than about any other creature comfort! This carton-on-the-shelf milk still tastes like canned milk to us. Yummy!
Although we are dead with exhaustion at the end of this week, we are thrilled with the outcome! Our first stake YSA activity went great.......with the exception of Satan trying to defeat us at the end! The youth gathered at the trailhead of the waterfall hike to check in.
The elephant ear is being attached here.
Nicholas is holding up the trunk!
Can't you just see the whale beginning to take shape? There were several investigators and less-actives there which was awesome!
The dog team is hard at work!
A little better perspective of the groups working on their projects.
We then heard all about Orca whales and their commitment to family; a characteristic rare in West Indies families.
The whale and the dog became fast friends while everyone took pictures.
The dog is being introduced to the bird and the nest.
The whale is meeting the bird! After the presentations,we talked about our journey in life and its application to the journey we were about to take to hike to the waterfall.
We left the trusty animal creations to guard our car at the trailhead. Everyone loaded the stuff into it they didn't want to take on the hike, and we headed off.
When we reached the top, several of us found a good place to watch those who immediately went into the water under the falls and in the shallow pools beneath it. We had a picnic at the top.
When we first arrived, people just enjoyed the beauty and mist blowing off the mountain.
Doesn't this picture of Raymond remind you of that huge statue in Brazil?
Wandering down the creek bed.
Celebrating the cool! I know, this is hard for people to relate to in the United States in February!
The spot that was referred to as the "swimming pond!"
Elder Monson decided he would brave the slippery rocks and stand under the waterfall.
He grew two extra arms out of his head!
Another picture of the absent window.
They were not very healthy thieves because they left the apples.
The whale didn't do such a great job protecting the car!
You can see the glass on the ground where they dropped it.
Undeterred, we handed out the group scripture chase. Each group had a scripture on unity printed on poster board and then cut into separate words that they raced to assemble first.
We had a couple of spies that would wait until one group figured out a sentence and then come over and try to see it! So they had to choose guards to protect their boundaries.
It was a difficult scripture to assemble. We did not give them the reference, so no one could look it up. They had to figure it out only by the words.
Mosiah 18:21 Four "ones." Three, "ands." Yeah, it was a challenge and really competitive.
Then began the comedy of errors that seriously should be made into a movie! While the police were there, they told us that we needed to go to the nearest police station to get the report that I had to have to be able to drive. The "official form" stated that the break-in occurred, what was stolen, etc. At this point we were exhausted and just beginning a police experience that lasted for FIVE HOURS!!! These are our two dear friends, Dinah and Keri, who insisted on coming with us to find the police station because they are locals and could save us tons of time. We were very appreciative. We had taken two cars to the activity in order to haul up all the suff we needed for the activities, so I was driving the busted-in car with the girls and Elder Monson had the "troup transporter" van following behind to make sure we weren't shot through the busted-out window.
Police station number two in Tunapuna where the fingerprints were dusted, initialed, covered and taped!
This was the town square clock near Police Station number three, Arima. The police photographer came out with a "professional camera" that seriously looked like it was in some keystone-cops retro movie! You know, the kind that has an accordion type fabric that you pull forward, press right against the fingerprint and actually pull down the level on the side!
Our third police station for the night! Don't you think this looks like a Lego replica of a police station?
I was trying to take a picture of the camera....this gives you an idea how late the entire ordeal went. We left our apartment at 7:00 am and got home at 10:30 pm
Despite the frustrations of the evening, the Sabbath was the next day! A perfect reminder that no matter what the world throws at them, they will sup at the table of the Lord, renew sacred covenants and be inspired as a beautiful baby boy is blessed by his worthy father. The kingdom of God is growing stronger in Trinidad, in opposition to the evident evils of the world around them.
"No unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, .......(robbers may break into cars during youth activities)....... but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done" ! Joseph Smith..... plus Sister Monson