Guam is a beautiful island, and nearly as expensive to shop at as Chuuk! The prices have gone up, since our last trip there in January. (Glad we didn't need much this trip.) We bought Crisco, since we have NO vegetable shortening in Chuuk...
Here is our new Mission President Zarbock, and his wife Sister Zarbock. They do a great job leading our mission. Their style is a little different than the Mechams, but very good in a different way!
We had 3 intense (!!) days of training, especially from Bishop Freddie Nicerio, our S&I Director. The S&I couples all had training to give, as well as him. In addition, we all do a stewardship report, with a slide show and telling about the pictures. These are supposed to be 10 minutes each, but never so...
Elder Jung, a Seventy from Korea, and also B. Nicerio's new boss, came for our Conference this time. He also had other meetings with Guam Stake leaders. He speaks English very well, and is very nice. We transported him with us most of the time, since we were given a small car to drive by ourselves.
Sister Crisp gave the devotional message one of our days, talking about how important it is for all members of the Church to read our scriptures daily, and especially concentrating on the Book of Mormon more than any other. We know that it is without errors, unlike our King James version of the Bible, which we also use. Many changes and rewrites were done through the "ages" after the original 12 Apostles of Christ died. The implied meaning has changed in several instances.
The new bright red, pink, etc. table covers were made by Sister Crisp for a change up. The other cloths are brown... We have some very inexpensive fabrics in Chuuk good for such things as this.
This conference we had, more than ever, musically talented seniors present! I was the least musical in attendance. We had a lovely dinner and FHE Monday evening at the Mission President's home. E. Crisp gave a spiritual thought about the destruction of the Nephites and the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. He went on to say that we have the truth and should not fall into the same pattern as these nations. He also spoke of the miracles that are performed in the world today and the power of the Priesthood.
These are the Carter's. They serve on Palau, which they call their "Garden of Eden". There are several islands there, all joined by causeways. They can get around to all areas pretty much, by car (on decent roads...). They have one Branch there, and they do a lot to help the Branch to grow and "mature" in the Gospel.
These are the Chandler's who serve on Pohnpei. They have 30 missionaries in all, counting themselves, and all are on the one island. They run a great Seminary program at the high school. They are now a Stake, with several Wards. We have to send our prospective missionaries to them, who are heading to Australia. They help us with the additional physical/x-ray tests that are needed.
These are the Curtis' who serve on Kosrae. They have 6 missionaries there plus themselves and run Seminary and Institute as best as the Members will allow! They do whatever is needed to keep things in order there. Our young missionaries can use a little oversight.... by their ELDERS!
The Hurst's serve in Guam, at the Family History Center. They also take trips to the outer islands, to help instruct and train Members in getting their family members prepared for Temple blessings--the living and the dead! You can see them along with Elder Crisp doing a dance/skit, which everyone did in groups, to help get across a point of a teaching technique that can be used in classrooms.
The Martin's are our office couple. They probably work the longest hours of us all, doing millions of things that have to be done by someone! They keep things in order regarding housing for all, vehicles, car parts!!, flights for everyone, keeping new member baptismal records, and gathering the "missing info" from about 110 missionaries throughout the islands, missionary $$, etc... Our mission is the largest in square miles, and requires a lot of traveling, etc. Great job, Martins!
The MacCabe's are in their 80's!! This is his 10th mission, including being a Mission President a few years back! He is retired military, so he and Sis. MacCabe are our Military Liason for 3 bases on Guam: fellowshipping, activating, baptizing, etc. They work hard. They also do long distance runs ie. 5K and 10K!! They enjoy swimming in the ocean now and then, as well. The seniors have permission to to this, unlike the young ones, who now and then will disobey mission rules...
The Crisp's here (us!) had a presentation all ready to put on the big screen from our Apple computer. There was no hdmi port to hook up the equipment with Freddi's computer to the screen, so he had to take our file off, and put it on his computer to show our slides. They got all out of order, so the nice script that E. Crisp was going to give, didn't work... we should have used a thumb drive.
The Strother's serve on YAP. They are very musically talented, not to mention dancing instructors, etc. They prepare fun songs that we get to sing along with them. Elder Crisp hadn't gotten into the dance groove het, in the far back of dancing... We had good meals at several nice restaurants around Guam, at the Chapel, and the Mission Home. Thanks to all the local Seniors who prepared food for us to enjoy. We just enjoyed it all!
Family Home Evening activities: Martin's and Crisp's.
The ladies sang a song together: "The Lord's Prayer". Most of these ladies can carry a tune nicely...
The men sang: "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy". We needed words for all the verses... rather unfamiliar hymns. SOME of the people sang in parts... Elder Curtis is a very good conductor of hymns.