Monday, February 8, 2016

January 12th, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was spent hosting our Area President, Elder Devin Cornish, of the second quorum of the seventy. He arrived last Wednesday at the mission home and left on Friday evening. He came to enlighten us about all the topics that we had missed during the week of the Mission President's Seminar, due to Dad's eye surgery. While he was here, he also held a Mission Wide Leadership Conference on Friday with all our zone leaders and sister training leaders. It was wonderful and we all learned so much. He is a newborn specialist by career and was the Dean and the head of Pediatrics at Emery. He has spent the last 9 years serving in the Caribbean, governing church affairs and the 9 missions in the Caribbean area. 

Following the conference, we left for Guyana late Friday evening and we will be here until Wednesday. We have been attending zone meetings, interviewing missionaries, setting apart a first counselor in the mission presidency, and conducting leadership meetings with the branch presidents etc. There is never a dull moment. We drove the deadly road for two hours from Berbice back to Georgetown from 10-midnight and then the next morning left at 7am to drive 2 hours to church in the opposite direction. We attended a small branch in Linden, Guyana that is desperate need of missionaries. The members were so happy that we would attend their little branch. The town is located close to the interior of Guyana.

The Amerindian natives live not too far away from this city. On the way, we could see their grass huts through some of the more open rain forest areas. They are very self sufficient and basically live as their ancestors have for years. They are amazing at basketry. I hope to purchase one of their pieces of artwork. They are beautiful and the work is very time consuming since they are all woven by hand.

On the way back to Georgetown we saw families swimming in the spring fed swimming holes. They were cooling off and having lots of fun breaking the Sabbath:) The water is actually very clear even though it looks black. It is called black water because the leaves that line the bottom of the creek turn dark as they settle into the river bed.
 
The weeks go by quickly and are exhausting, but we are still standing and are grateful to be able to serve to the best of our ability. We thank all of you for what you have done to help Marielle and Conner with their move to Pennsylvania. Your love for each other is what keeps us going. Have a great week. Hug those grandkids for us!

Love, Trini and Dad



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