Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 21st, 2015

Greetings from Aruba! 

Another busy week come and gone with church business in Curacao and Aruba and constant problems with phone and internet. We leave in the morning to head back to Trinidad. Our second transfer of 6 missionaries arrive tomorrow night and then we have 15 missionaries headed home on Thursday morning. So it will be out of the frying  pan and into the fire! Aruba is crawling with iguanas and they make sure that you know that they were here first.We spent Time in Curacao while Dad interviewed 14  members for their temple recommends (8 in Dutch 3 in Spanish and 3 in English) He speaks all three at the same time to me! The Branch President and his family in Aruba are coming to SLC for conference weekend. I wish you could meet them. They are so excited to see temple square and visit with the elders that were part of their conversion. They have two teenagers who are so beautiful and can't wait for their dream of seeing the temple "to come true." Dad and I attended the San Nicholas branch for church and were asked to share a few thoughts. We were then announced as the speakers for the meeting. Thank goodness for the cheat sheet in my purse! No air conditioning in the building......HOT!!! Remember the service we attended in the Dominican Republic? Last Thursday before we left for the islands we taught a family with our sister missionaries in Sangre Grande. We opened with the classic "In Our Lovely Deseret" now I can't get it out of my head. The members love that hymn. Hark,Hark, Hark! I guess you had to be there...Anyway the family had a pet parrot that insisted sitting on my shoulder during the lesson. The sisters talked about the importance of carrying our torch to the finish line...lit brightly as we endure to the end. The kids gave beautiful answers to the questions and didn't want us to leave. When it began to rain we huddled under a tin overhang on makeshift chairs continuing to spread the good word. It was a fun night filled with the spirit. It is amazing how the gospel blesses families all over the world with so much happiness. They are looking forward to being sealed in the temple for eternity.

Family lesson w Crackers...can you find him?
 Curacao waterfront buildings
 Aruba landscape---Desert Island

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