We are sitting in an airport in Georgetown, Guyana and I thought I would see if I had enough internet connection to start our weekly epistle. We had an unbelievably difficult transfer week and then promptly left for Guyana to attend the Georgetown Member District Conference. It is basically a Stake Conference weekend with leadership meetings and an adult session on Saturday, followed by a General Session on Sunday and a fireside that evening for the youth and YSA's. It was good to be with the Saints in Georgetown and almost everyone fulfilled their responsibilities. That is a difficult task with transportation restrictions and miscommunication. It was also difficult for them to not be reminded on the previous Sunday, due to General Conference.
All in all, it went well and the highlight was the fireside with the youth. We had a discussion about "Dare to Stand Alone" a talk and mormon message video by President Monson. They each shared some tender testimonies about times in their life where they stood alone to defend their faith. It was inspiring. These youth are so isolated from the ideal workings of the church programs, but through the spirit their commitment to the gospel standards is amazing. They are such a minority belonging to the "white man's church." Dad led a scripture discussion and promised them that as they continued to read the scriptures, and stand in holy places the Lord would always be by their side. They give us hope that the church will continue to function and grow under their influence. I loved the Primary poem that President Monson shared:
Dare to be Mormon, Dare to stand alone
Dare to have a purpose firm, Dare to make it known!
We hope you and your children will commit this to memory as you face the challenges of today's world!
Three of the missionaries that went home this transfer were from the Philippines. Due to various documents held by each of them, their flight path home was extremely lengthy and complicated. (3 Days) Right after everyone had completed the first leg of a five leg journey, the phone calls started coming in. " I didn't make my flight, I have lost my luggage, I am praying to get home to see my family!" We have heard from two of them but the last one still has not checked in. Hope to hear from him soon.
Right next to the church there is a large trench of lilies. There was a family preparing for a party and gathering the leaves of the lily plant to use as large plates. Go green! They place all the different dishes on different parts of the leaf and the feast begins. It really is a beautiful sight.
We watched some of the presidential debate when we got back late to the hotel and decided we aren't missing much! What a sad commentary to see educated, professional, individuals center their comments on such immoral situations. Dad and I talked about how we are wrestling not only with dishonest individuals, but also with rulers and spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We love you very much and are grateful for the knowledge that Families are Forever!