Thursday, September 1, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
Last week was spent in Suriname as we held Member District Conferences. Dad and I spoke regarding the theme "Love at Home." The highlight of the week though, was on Saturday evening as 8 converts were baptized at "The Waters of Suriname!" A family of 6 along with 2 single sisters joined the church. It was a wonderful service and all of them bore their testimonies at their own baptisms. It was so wonderful to see so many dressed in white on this special occasion.
Then we flew home to Trinidad to conduct transfers! It was crazy as usual. We had 12 arrive and 9 leave for home.
Immigration is still an issue as we had an elder stranded for a couple of days on Curacao until we could get him into Aruba with his companion. Thank heavens for our senior couple there. Now that all are safely gathered with their companions or back home with their families, we are preparing for a Member Leadership Conference with all of our senior couples and the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders.
We testify that only the Lord can make all of the pieces fit together in this mission. It never seems like we are going to get a handle on it and then it all works out. His hand is really in the work.....down to the very last detail.
We thought you might enjoy a candid shot of a goat herder, (High on a hill was a lonely goat herd...la di oh da, la di oh da, lay hee who) whose goats are in charge of mowing the cricket field a couple times a week. While Dad was taking the photo, I was waving at a little girl in her backyard pool. Hopefully they rinsed out the barrel before she hopped in! She was having a lot of fun cooling off and her Dad let us take her picture!
It's hard to believe everyone is back at school and the leaves are starting to change. We just finished the mango crop and even enjoyed a few avocados. The mosquitoes are still biting, the birds are still singing, the gospel is still true, and we love all of you!
Remember to count your blessings,
Trini and Dad
More pictures. This is why we were so busy last week after arriving home from Suriname. First the incoming missionaries and then the outgoing. Transfers come every 6 weeks. They take the whole week with flights from all of our countries, interviews, training, devotionals and lots of dinners at the mission home. But.... still having FUN!
ABC easy as 123! Well not that easy to travel to all these islands in less than a week when you are dealing with Caribbean airlines that have a very relaxed view of timeliness. This time we at least were not dealing with cancelled flights. We were able to visit all three islands this past week for zone conferences, interviews and member support. Our missionaries are having great success in these islands and the baptisms have already doubled since last year. Their goal is to triple them and we are well on our way. It is very exciting to see recent converts placed in positions of leadership and soar. If any of you know couples that can speak some Spanish and want to serve we have a great missionary experience for them. Both Aruba and Bonaire are in need of a senior couple and we are definitely recruiting!
It's hard to believe that summer is wrapping up for all of you and school will be starting soon. I know the kids have had a great summer according to Instagram at least. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. It makes our day to check social media and see all the good things that are going on back home. We have loved watching the posts and need to start figuring our how to do some of that ourselves. I have been waiting over a year for a good hair day....which won't happen while we are here!
We are busier that we thought was humanly possible. Dad is always available to help any missionary, member and stranger. Our new senior couple has arrived to assume the mission office responsibilities so things are busy with a steep learning curve of training We have really learned the importance being "our brother's keeper." There is always something to do, someone to love, and problems to remedy. We have been blessed to have good health so we can try to keep up with the demands of this calling. WE LOVE YOU!!!
Have a great day,
Trini and Dad
Hello dear family and friends,
We have had a busy week conducting zone conferences in Trinidad, but it has been nice to be home for a over a week. It has rained a lot lately and the mango trees in the yard are winding down with the big crop of the year. I have made 15 batches of jam and the missionaries are happy to have me share the joy with them for their toast or a spoon.
We have been able to teach this week with some of our sister missionaries and have enjoyed getting out to be with them and their investigators. One of the member lessons was with Anastasia. She has been a member for 9 years and is an awesome young woman. When we arrived at her home we thought it was deserted because it was so dark and the stairs leading up to her apartment had cement areas missing and open rebar exposed. As we entered she gave us a big smile and a hug and led us to her princess room. You could see straight through the floorboards to the ground as we walked to her room. She had pictures of the temple, the first vision and the prophet scattered on Disney Princess clad walls. We had a wonderful lesson about the blessings of the gospel and Dad told her we would fast with her to be able to come up with some names of those she would like to share the gospel with. We knelt in her tiny room to pray and the spirit was so strong. She said a beautiful prayer and blessed all of us. We couldn't help but be humbled by the circumstances in which we found ourselves. Everything she valued was within a 6x8 room, and it was obvious what was important to her....the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!
This week Dad also attended the baptism of a sweet lady from Venezuela while I was taking care of a sick sister missionary. She was baptized by the first Spanish convert in Trinidad who joined 3 months ago when Dad started having Spanish speaking elders serve in Trinidad. Then today she was confirmed by Elder Uri from the Dominican Republic in her own language. It was a great Sunday and we hope that you were able to begin a new week by partaking of the sacrament and remembering His sacrifice for each of us. We are learning, growing and appreciating so many of the things in life that are so easy to take for granted. We can feel your love and support and hope that in some small way you are feeling the blessings that come from our opportunity to serve.
Have a great week!
Love, Trini and Dad
PS Washday in Suriname makes me grateful for a washer and dryer