Dear Family and Friends
It was a wonderful week that came to an end to soon with Jon's family visit. We enjoyed Trinidad for a few days, taking in the beach at Las Cuevas, shark and bake (shark sandwiches with all the trimmings) and the Caroni Swamp Tour, which features the nightly return of the scarlet ibis to the mangrove islands of Trinidad. Jenny was also able to go out teaching with some of our sisters and get a feel for missionary work Trinistyle!
Then we hopped over to Tobago to enjoy conference with the elders and members there on Sunday. We were able to get most of the conference without too many glitches. It was a tremendous boost for the missionaries as well as the members.
While in Tobago, we snorkeled, swam and were able to see a leatherback turtle come onto the beach to nest. She laid her eggs in a fin dug shoot that was about 36" deep. We arrived as she had finished laying and was beginning to cover and camouflage the nesting site. She was about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide and weighed about 1500 pounds. It was about 9 pm and we had to be careful with any light and sound distraction. We stayed about 30 minutes and watched her finish her artwork in the sand and then slowly return to the sea. She will come ashore 10 -12 times during the season and lay clutches of about 120 eggs each time. The nesting season goes from March -August. It was fascinating. We touched her shell as she was re-entering the water and it was as smooth as glass.
The highlight of the week was the baptism of Bo. He wanted to be baptized in the ocean and Tobago has no font, so his wish came true. It was a beautiful morning and very private. Our Tobago elders were there to witness and support and Bo was beaming. I think you will be able to tell from the pictures it will be a cherished memory.
We love the gospel and are happy to be serving. It is difficult to sacrifice time away from family but has been wonderful to spend time with almost all of you in our mission. Please remember and study the words of revelation from this past conference weekend in an attempt to improve ourselves, our families and the neighborhoods in which we live.
We hope you are all enjoying some Spring weather and send our love from the countries of endless summer!
Trini and Dad