We were driving home after teaching a Temple Prep course at Sapwalap, when we saw a group gathered on their porch singing. There were all ages, grandmothers, parents, young adults and children. We pulled off the side of the road and listened as they sang beautifully together. They loved it that we were stopping and listening to them and gave us quite a concert. What a beautiful thing to do for any family. We could learn from them.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Zone Leaders knew they needed to find a home for the sister missionaries who were assigned to the Uh church. They approached the people who were living in this house three weeks ago, asking if they knew of any rentals. Finally, they made up their minds that we could rent their house and they would move in with their parents. What a sacrifice they were making, but it would give them an income.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Sadie is on the right. She was one of the first Seminary students I really got to know. She is always with a basketball in her hands and has a great personality. Her sister is on the left and will be joining us in Seminary this fall. This young man is their cousin and he moved in with the family a few weeks ago.
The fathers were very well celebrated Satuday night at Panasang ward by the Young Men and Young Women and their leaders. There was a program with singing, dancing and a photo show of the Primary age children with messages to their fathers. Then we had a dinner served on hand woven baskets. We even got involved when the women were coerced to do a Hula line dance. You had to be there! Then we finished the night with the fathers and their wives dancing. Yes, Mel even danced.
All the fathers were escorted in by one of the Young Women and were adorned with floral headpieces and a woven cord. They were then seated at a decorated table and treated like royalty.
Friday, June 19, 2015
After months of shopping for eggs here and checking the expiration dates ( we knew they would be expired, but how far?), we discovered fresh eggs. What a find! The store that we found charged $5.50 a dozen, but one day they were out. We were happy to find out where they got the eggs, so off we went. Now the prize dropped- $4.50 a dozen.
Keanu Amida opened his mission call papers last night (19 June 2015). He is going to the Arizona Phoenix Mission. So if he thinks it's hot here. Wait until he walks off the plane in Arizona in August. Wow. He is very excited to be going on his mission. Keanu is one of our Institute students in the Panasang Ward. He will be a fantastic missionary.
A couple of nights ago I was watching an episode of Holmes Inspection on Netflix. The home had a few electrical wiring issues. But nothing can compare to the wiring in the box in our laundry room at our apartment. This just might be an home inspector's nightmare.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Sister in green is the "birthday girl" and her husband is next to her.This party had declarations of love and respect for her, great food and dancing. It was held in a facility that is also used for many corporate events. I sat near a woman from Guam who was setting up this location for an event in December. She is representing the Guam Supreme court.
We were invited to the Family Home Evening at Eieike ward for a farewell dinner for Sister Rodriquez. The cutest thing was how the children lined up perfectly for dinner- the youngest first and on until finally the adults were served. They were so patient while they waited and of course they love to have their pictures taken.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
This Youth Conferece could rival any in the States. It was a 2 day conference- It included classes, talent show from each of the 11 church units, and then spending the night with members close to the Stake Center. The next morning was breakfast, more classes, return to the homes to clean up for the special evening and then a testimony meeting, beautiful dinner and a dance. Each couple entered the dinner with a date, arm in arm with the young man pulling out the chair for the young woman.
This is our student who was recently baptized. There were about 250 youth at the testimony meeting and he got up in front of them all and bore his testimony as did our other newly baptized student. I am a proud teacher.
These are plates hand woven from coconut leaves and filled with local food prepared by the sisters. They each were delived by the YSA girls to their tables which had beautiful flower centerpieces.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
These are some of the reasons we, as teachers, are willing to study, search the scriptures and try our best to prepare these young students to be missionaries, attend the temple and learn to serve. They are worth every effort we make.
Panasang Ward YSA took a trip all around the Island. It sounds like that wouldn't take long, since supposedly this is a small island, but it took all day. The boys in the center are some of our favorite students. There are also 2 recent returned sister missionaries.
We love these kids!
We love these kids!
We were invited to attend the Kitti Graduation of 5 Seminary students. We were impressed with some of the details the school added to this special day. All the teachers were dressed in the same fabric- either shirts for the men or dresses for the teachers. It was a lime green hawaiian print.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Today was High School Graduation for the 6 students that we teach at Seminary. It is sad to think we might not see them again because these students are either non-members or their parents aren't members and they can't get to church.