We have been on a whirlwind tour of the mission with the new Caribbean Area President, Walter F. Gonzalez and his wife. We began in Trinidad. Something really special happened there with one of our elders. Ever since he was a little boy, his mother had taught him to pray and to read the Book of Mormon every day. This council had been given to her in a letter she received from her mission president's wife as she departed from her mission. Elder Carillo was sitting in Zone Conference in Trinidad, when the Gonzalez's introduced themselves and said that twenty two years ago they had presided as a Mission President and wife in South America. He realized his mother had served in their mission and emotionally explained his connection to their church service and the letter that his mother still had from Sister Gonzalez. It was a really sweet moment to be part of.
Then we were off to Suriname and the ABC islands....all in a 72 hour period.There we had more Zone Conferences and firesides. On one day we held meetings in both North and South America. When we arrived in Curacao, your Dad asked if Sinterklaas had come to the island yet. (You may remember he chased him over the bridge last year when we happened to be visiting. He was on his white horse flanked by his zwarte piets.) Anyway, the receptionist at the front desk grabbed the activity calendar for the hotel and said, "He is in the plaza right now. If you hurry you will be able to see him." Of course we went running over to take a peek at the festivities.That was Dad's spiritual experience for the week as he knew the Lord was mindful of his love for Christmas.
We are missing the Thanksgiving season with all of you. Somehow, I was able to fit in Thanksgiving for 50, following the Zone Conference in Trinidad. Three turkeys, potatoes, gravy, dressing, carrots, green beans, rolls and apple cake. No pumpkin to be found in Trinidad. At least they all left with a full tummy and a few more calories.
We will hope to find a turkey dinner being served somewhere in Aruba to celebrate the holiday this week. Please know you will all be on our list of the things we are most thankful for. You are our greatest blessing!!!