Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cars and Baptism

We had another great YSA activity and ocean baptism but before we get to that, I have to talk a little about our consuming pass-time currently.....vehicles!!
 You might remember how many accidents there have been in the mission since we have been given this temporary assignment.  We are getting jumpy!  Every time the phone rings, we panic wondering which missionaries are calling about what new accident!!  Currently we are dealing with this car, which a  talented Elder (the one who narrowly escaped going through the windshield of a Maxi in a bike/car accident) luckily knew how to figure out that the ignition starter fuse had blown!  He was sooo helpful! I still say my kids should have taken car mechanics in high school!  
 On Saturday there was another accident. It was raining and an Elder driving with four missionaries in the car hit a porsche SUV head-on coming around a sharp turn on one of the crazy narrow and dangerous roads.  Luckily, no one was seriously injured.  That was a miracle too, since both cars are most likely totaled. This was the missionary car.
The other guy's car. He was swearing,screaming hysterical while the missionary just bawled saying, "I'm sorry," over and over.   He will most certainly lose his driving privileges for the rest of his mission since it was his fault. Too bad!
Wow! Here's a caterpillar to remember! See those feelers across the top of the body  They were amazing to watch going every which way!  I've never seen anything like it!  Imagine the butterfly from this thing??
 Green is a very popular color for trucks in Trinidad!
 This is such a familiar sight.  There are a whole bunch of random car parts places, doors hanging on hooks out on the streets etc.  People just get extra parts and put them on their cars and so have whole bunches of colors from different parts of other cars!  Resourceful, huh?
 Now, I think those wheels are very creative!  They certainly catch the eye!

 This is a maxi.  It is how all the people travel around here.  It's a bus and they come in all sizes and you better not find yourself on the priority bus routes accidentally, or you are in BIG trouble,  although we have yet to see that scary rule or any other enforced!
 Elder Monson insisted I include this Jeffrey Dahmer franchise business advertisement! We haven't found the sister organization for girl used parts, yet.
 Another variation on the green truck theme
This is so frequent I wanted to remember it.  Driving down the narrow roads there is just a tiny space to maneuver and if you are wrong, there is a three foot drop you can fall into!  Makes for some white knuckle driving.
The view coming into the beach area where we held our YSA activity and Crystal's baptism.  It looks like a scene from a movie!
Crystal, her family and the Elders
The baptism
The all important sign-in table that we take to every activity.  It allows us to see how we have grown our numbers and the locations from which we get the best support. 
The ice-breaker activity to mix up and get to know.
Making new young single adult friends
This activity was awesome! Crossing the river.  They had to all cross as a group and no one could get off the river until they were all on it.  They could only stand on the "rafts" or the whole group had to start over. 
Working together to get every person across safely
They had to start over because people who got to the other end were so excited they jumped off prematurely. If there was a raft not stepped on, even for a second, it would get washed down the river...grabbed by us, which made their task harder!
The next activity was the great egg drop!  They worked together to create an egg protection system.  Then Elder Monson dropped them off a cliff, threw them at a ladder, etc. to see which egg survived!
Working together while discussing the application that we all need the armor of God to survive the obstacles of this life.
This one had a parachute attached to the egg container.
They all brought lunches, and we were there all day!  Elder Monson's face was absolutely fried!  He used to be a red-head.  Sun days prove it!
Great memories and another week in paradise!

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