Thursday, December 26, 2013
Christmas in Chuuk-- 2013
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!!