Thursday, December 26, 2013
Next: Elders Fermanis, Delore, Allen and Mackie hang out for a bit, always waiting their turn, or waiting for something else to happen! Two pretty long days! Nice R & R for the elders, I think.
The companionship's and their Christmas Goodies are here in order by seniority and then alphabetically! Here are our Zone Leaders, Elders Obray and Johnson.
I think the elders enjoyed their down-time, and spending time with each other. Mwan gets pretty busy when all arrive. Some came in Christmas Eve, and others were delayed because of Branch parties and/or baptisms!
District President Wainis killed one of his pigs and roasted it for Christmas dinner. The elders seemed all too happy to witness this event! (Those who were not scheduled for Skypeing at the time) Because guns are not allowed in Chuuk, the pigs are not shot first and then allowed to "bleed-out", as might be done elsewhere. Elder Allen attests to having the annual roasted pig without all the squealing that can go on for a very long time. We (the Crisp's) witnessed a pig slaughter a few days before Christmas right in front of our apartment. Maybe the people are inexperienced at this activity, but we heard the pig squealing loudly for an hour or so, and didn't care to be anywhere near the Wainis event! We made brownies for their dessert. We encouraged the elders to complete their meal by themselves, and with the help of our new Elder Monson (already trained in culinary skills), they made scalloped potatoes and cornbread. The meal took place about 8 p.m.! They never mind the lateness of anything! Elder and Sister Crisp just settled in early, to arrive at Mwan before 7 a.m. to begin the Skyping event for 2 days. Not our best ever Christmas! No gifts, only chocolate bars and home made cardamom bread for breakfast. At least we can say we "served" others this Christmas!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
All activities need planning and preparation and what kind of activity doesn't have balloons? Here Elder Crisp gets the balloons ready for the juggling contest and Sister Crisp hangs Christmas lights and pictures. You have to have some good pictures and lights at Christmas time!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Presidents Whiting (Area Presidency from Tokyo) and Mecham come and expound their great Knowledge and Spirituality!
These two shots, top and bottom, are of our Elders as we met with President and Sister Mecham along with President and Sister Whiting of the 70 for our Semi- Annual District Conference. Our meetings with them were all grand and the messages presented were full of the Spirit and inspirational!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Their "boss", Keiji, in Family History was traveling with them. They hit several islands in the Micronesia Guam Mission, visiting Pohnpei for F.H. and Koserea as they are getting set up to help get birth and other records scanned and online for indexing. That will help genealogy research for many more people! While in Chuuk, Keiji set up 2 more computers in our Family History room. He is a talented man. The power was out for some time, but finally got back on, to complete his set-up. Our 24 Elders will have access when in Mwan, to do their emailing. They get 45 minutes or so per week, when able to come to Mwan on Zone P-day. Sometimes that is 1 X per month. Missionaries are now able to bring "investigators to the church", to the church to see LDS sites and get more information about our church! Social media is a great tool. Unfortuneately, many Chuukese don't have computers in their home.
Well, it is only December 1st here, but we are pretty much ready for Christmas. There is really nothing in town that we need as gifts, so helping the elders Skype home will take up most of our "Christmas Time".