Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 23rd, 2016

May 16th, 2016

Dear Family and friends,

Dad and I returned from the ABC islands last Monday, just in time to take care of a zone conference in Trinidad on Wednesday, and hop on a plane bound for Suriname Thursday evening. We have been in Paramaribo for the last 3 days enjoying zone conferences and interviews with our missionaries, meetings with members, teaching in the rain, and hopefully having one minute to eat a dutch pancake!

Right now, I am spending time in a classroom at the church trying to catch up on some emails while Dad is conducting temple recommend interviews.We have a leadership meeting and a fireside still to go before we head back to the hotel. The zone conferences have been on understanding the blessings of the temple and the missionaries seem to enjoy it. We hope they will realize how critical temple attendance is to their continued conversion, once they get home. Marissa taught us that!

It has been raining for the past two days and our bike riding missionaries are navigating large puddles as they proselyte. They are a great group of young people and have found out what it means to preach the word come "hell or high water!" Their bikes are halfway submerged! 

Today we went to church in a little branch in Koewarsan. It was in the country outside of Paramaribo. When we arrived at the church there was a box of kittens on the front doorstep. I think someone hoped the Primary would give a kitty to all the children who came. We did find homes for two, but there were still three when I left. It is hard to think about feeding animals when you can barely feed yourself. The people were so friendly and humble. Although it was in Dutch, I tried my best with Dad translating in one ear to understand what was going on. It was pretty funny when he started reading my English scriptures to me in English and said, "Do you understand what that means?" LOL :) 

We send our best wishes to all of you as you are wrapping up a school year soon and preparing for summer fun.
You are always in our thoughts and prayers,

Trini and Dad

May 3rd, 2016

April 26th, 2016

April 18th, 2016

Dear family and friends,

We enjoyed a wonderful week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at our semi-annual Mission President's Seminar that follows general conference. All eight mission president's and their wives were represented from different areas of the Caribbean. The Area presidency presented the message that they had received from the First Presidency. They emphasized the importance of temple attendance and developing a greater appreciation for our Heavenly Father and how to teach as Christ did. 

There are many challenges in this assignment and after talking to other president's and their wives it was comforting to know that we aren't the only ones in a "refiners fire!" We arrived in Santo Domingo early and were able to go to the temple and do initiatories, sealing and endowments. It felt great to be in the temple again!

But now we are back home with a week of missionary transfers. We have four arriving and seven going home. I have been busy cooking all day and Dad has made a couple of trips to the airport already. On Friday I am heading to snuggle some grandchildren and Dad will leave for Guyana and then to Tobago.

You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday,
Trini and Dad