Dear Family and Friends,
We hope that you had a Happy New Year and are ready with those New Year's resolutions. It has been wonderful having Greg and Marissa with us for the holidays. Sadly, they left this morning and we are headed to Suriname later this afternoon. We enjoyed a few new places that we hadn't been to before and ate way too much food. We were adventurous with some roadside food stands and found some new delicacies to add to our favorites list. We were able to visit Maracus Falls...the largest single drop waterfall in Trinidad ..... Maracas Beach where we enjoyed bake and shark....and take a boat ride through the Caroni Swamp where the protected scarlet ibis makes it daily migration to and from the mangroves. One evening we went out on splits with four companionships of missionaries. Each of us chose to divide and conquer and had a spiritual evening spending time with families and individuals that are longing to learn more about the gospel. We were able to teach several lessons with our missionaries and enjoy their spirit as well as the opportunity to bear testimony of the blessings that we have in our lives because of the restoration of the gospel. All in all, the holidays were great and it was special to have family here.
Thank you for your love and support of Conner and Marielle as they undertake this new adventure in their lives. It is wonderful to see your dedication to family and we are comforted in knowing that you are serving and caring for one another. There is nothing better than the promise we have to be an eternal family. How we love you kids! Continue to be there for each other through thick and thin.
We are starting the New Year off right by having a general authority come to our mission the last week in January. The church just confirmed that it will be one of the new apostles, Elder Dale G. Renlund. It is the first time that an apostle will be visiting Guyana so we hope that the attendance will be standing room only. The problem will be the money needed to afford transportation from some of the outlying villages in the area. I wish life in Guyana wasn't so difficult. They are amazing people and so God fearing, but just to wonder where their next day's meal is coming from is sadly the norm for so many.
We are looking forward to a new year of serving the Lord and these incredible missionaries. We are mindful of the great support that you are to us every day and pray that the Lord's richest blessings will be with you and your families. May 2016 be a wonderful beginning to a great new year filled with much peace, love and happiness.
Our love to you all,