Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August 31st, 2015

Dear Family, 
We enjoyed a busy first part of the week in Trinidad teaching with our missionaries there and then prepared to head for Suriname. We have been on a mission tour with Elder Hugo Martinez (Seventy) of the Caribbean Area Presidency since Friday. We flew into Suriname with the assistants on Thursday evening in time to grab a bite to eat and get to bed for zone conferences the next morning. We had workshops and interviews on Friday and then prepared for the Martinez's to share their message with us and meet the elders and sisters in the zone on Saturday. It has been a wonderful time of instruction and we have enjoyed getting to know them. Sister Martinez is a real firecracker. She is a no nonsense kind of woman who has been so helpful in sharing her expertise of understanding the Caribbean and the members as well as how to administrate my job description. I love her already. The Suriname Member District conferences have been going on since yesterday. We have had priesthood sessions, youth sessions and general sessions and today and we have been busy speaking. Dad and I spoke together at the pulpit. He translated for me and I had no idea what he was saying in-between, but we got a few laughs so at least we must have been entertaining. Dad has had interviews and other duties to take care of with Elder Martinez. Since the members speak Dutch, Dad has been in seventh heaven speaking about missionary work. I even included some Dutch in my talk this morning that I had to deliver on the subject The Sabbath Day. The members are incredible and so loving.The building had no air conditioning (I felt like the witch in The Wizard of Oz as she melts to the floor) so when the meeting was over we couldn't wait to get to the hotel to cool down for a minute before heading back to the youth fireside tonight. Tomorrow we leave at 3 in the morning to head for Trinidad for our Zone conferences there. We look forward to your emails and skyping.
We have included some pictures of Sports Day in Trinidad, Dad with the Elders at the Pizza parlor, and our zone conference photo etc.

Can't believe it's September!
Love, Trini and Dad

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