Friday, June 21, 2013

Youth Conference, 2 New Elders and 5 Generations of Elders!

Here are the youth from Chuuk learning the cultural art of weaving using palm leaves at our Youth Conference held June 20, 21, and 22..  Not only did they learn how to make mats and baskets, but they also made brooms, coconut huskers (a stick with a point on both ends--one into the ground, the other for opening the husk of older coconuts).  These are practices that have been going on for ages here in the islands. 
Here is Sister New Year, our Mwan Branch President' wife, showing the youth how to make the brooms out of natural materials.  She holds the completed broom.  This was really a great activity for the youth, and the Elders got to use the huskers, drink the milk of the coconut and then open them up and eat the meat inside.  Good Stuff!!
This activity was done by the entire group of youth.  They had fun doing this, but there was much excitement when the Elders gathered and played.  The object is to be quick and not lose the use of the hands.  So, in a "karate" style of play, if your hand got swatted, you had to put it behind your back.  Once both were touched, you were out!  This is a game of agility, quickness, and stealth.  If they don't anticipate it coming you've got them and when they have a dispute of whether one got hit or not, they could get swatted by the next player.  Great fun for all!!
These next two photos show just what preparations are made for the all of the food consumed at the Youth Conference.  It was made in big pots at various locations around the Mwan Branch, then brought to the building's kitchen and distributed on plates or in plastic food carriers (like they use around town at the fast food places). Notice the plates full of food.  They enjoyed rice (most every meal), and had various other foods such as: some form of chicken, taro, kimchee, hot dogs, macaroni salad, tapioca, and breadfruit.  The one thing that was totally good and everyone lined up for was the fruit salad with sweetened condensed milk.  Of course, the biggest hit of  any day was Ice Cream--if they got it.  They eat Ice Cream and some sort of bread product whenever they can!!  Not just cake, but 
regular rolls, cinnamon rolls, whatever bread is available.  Actually it is not bad!!!

We got two new Elders yesterday.  Elder Daniels who will be serving with Elder Plocher on Uman and Elder Schroath, who will be going to Udot with Elder Rainey.  The two new missionaries are in the back row  fourth and fifth from the left!! It is always great to greet the new Elders and they are welcomed with open arms by those who are already here!  This is one great group of young men valiantly serving the Lord.
This is five generations of Elders on Chuuk. Starting at the left, our newest Elder, Elder Daniels who is being trained by Elder Plocher, who was trained by Elder Peck, who was trained by Elder Bowers, who was trained by Elder Lavides.  Elders Daniels and Plocher will be on Uman.  Elder Peck will be coming to Neau, Elder Bowers is now in Sapuk, and Elder Lavides is on Pata.  What a magnificent group of young Elders!! 


  1. thanks so much for your recent post! My son, Elder Schroath, just arrived and we haven't heard anything from him yet. It's wonderful to see a picture of him and see what he's doing. Thank you!

  2. Proof of life!!!! Thank you SO much!! You're wonderful! I am so glad for Angela Schroath!! I was side tracked by small people and neglected to read where elder Peck was going..... Neau, that is great! Hope all is well in paradise! Thank you for all you're doing!

  3. We continue to love this mission for our son, Elder Obray, who has been out a year now. We love the experiences he is having and feel blessed that he is serving with such an amazing group of missionaries and saints. Thank you again for your updates.