Sister Montoute bore her testimony and said, "God is gathering His sheep into his fold. After I was baptized and given the Holy Ghost, I felt angels surround me. I had a strong impression to love my children and as I did that - just love them consistently - they would all come into His fold, which is the strongest desire of my heart. This is the second of my six children to be baptized. I know this is His church and the only way families can be together eternally!"
This was our big New Year's Day celebration - lunch at McDonalds with Batemans and Rays. We were shaping 2014 on the front row. I have no idea what the jokers on the back row were doing behind our heads.
Elder and Sister Ray had two friends come and visit them from Arizona - both professional musicians. Diane Baker and Eckhart Selman. Here we were being instructed by a steel pan player in the Savannah in Port of Spain. We so enjoyed spending time with them. Sister Ray invited us all to dinner one night, to which we both contributed. He is German, and she is Japanese. For a surprise, I made spaetzle and red cabbage to go with Sister Ray's chicken and gravy. He was thrilled. They are wonderful, gracious people. They will actually be performing at Tuacahn (an outdoor theatre in Saint George) after we return - how fun to go see them perform at home!
This represents just the middle section and about half of the attendees to our YSA January activity. The purpose was unity. We had 60 people, total. We started with a devotional on the theme.
We had three different relays to emphasize the cooperation required in unity and the importance of working toward a common goal.
Racing toward the finish line without busting the balloon between them.
Sponge Bob relay. Move all the water from the front bucket to the back with a soaked sponge overhead.
Soaking up the sponge
Partner water-balloon volleyball
The champions had a play-off/ these guys were the champions!
The opposing play-off team
Water balloon capture the flag
The black flag team was victorious
Most had never done this in their lives - they loved it!
On p-day we took our North west zone on a rare outing - a hike from Chagaramos to Macurepe Bay.
We all had to spray our legs against Denghi mosquitos, first
We came across real Tarzan vines part way up the hike and the brave ones gave it a shot.
Yup - it's blurry, but that is Elder Monson - aka Tarzan
Even Sister Edmonds gave it a try
This picture of Elder Beck was the best
Back on the trail
First overlook at the top
On the bridge at the beach
All obedient missionaries - they just looked at the water………..
These missionaries are really amazing people - we are so lucky to work with them.
Another view from the beach….
Elder McCalla's reenactment of the first vision. We love this quiet-spoken giant of a young man. He is from Jamaica and as we walked the trail he told me his story. Two years ago, he had a girl friend who was LDS. He knew that she was a mormon but knew nothing else about it. He said he thought it was some evangelical church. Once when he was at her house, the missionaries stopped by and started talking with him. He was very interested in what they said and invited them to come teach him. He said as they taught him, he felt a feeling of calm and peace he had not experienced before. Then later as he read the Book of Mormon, the same feeling came over him. He asked the missionaries if he could be baptized the next time they came to teach him and within a year, he went on his mission. In the interim, he taught his two younger sisters and his mom about the church and was able to baptize them before leaving on his mission. He is a remarkable young man.
In the bamboo cathedral at the end of our hike
Some notable Trini sights on the way home - Rasta hair all grown into one.
I've just got to catch travel back to the store and return this box of hair dye - I want my money back!