We have spent an amazing 10 days deep in the heart of Micronesia. Even in this far away place we feel the love of Heavenly Father for his children and know that he is ever mindful of us all.
We arrived in Kosrae on Friday, August 22 where we met the capable and charming new family history consultant for the Lelu Branch, Permides Mongkeya. The internet on the island is s l o w but we managed to get some work done.
Friday night volleyball at the chapel.
Saturday we checked out the internet at the Telacom. Its a bit better that the connection at the chapel but only two computers work.
That afternoon we visited the part-member Daniel family and shared the My Family booklet with them.
A pretty curb-side garden in Lelu.
Next we visited Sister Teolenoa who plans to attend the Temple this fall and be sealed to her granddaughter.
After the visit we enjoyed a frozen coconut meat treat.
Walking to an appointment with the Elders on Kosrae.
In the late afternoon we met with the Utwe Branch presidency and new family history consultant, Sina George. She is the cute one in front.
A spectacular Sunday morning sunrise over the Pacific, right in front of our hotel.
The Lelu Youth begin their booklets in Sunday School class.
Permides is the District Young Women's President, Seminary and Youth Sunday School teacher as well as the family history consultant! Here she is with her class on Sunday.
Sepe Mike gathering genealogical information from her family gravesites in Utwe.
Monday morning we had a great zone meeting with the missionaries.
That evening the Branch and District Presidencies surprised us with a feast of local food. Here is a basket of drinking coconuts.
And here are the cooks! Permides and Sister Hadley and Caston's wife.
President Aloka and his beautiful garden.
Awak . . .
and Uh where we met with President Nakamura and his counselor President Aldan.
Nixon and Karlina Aldan.
We finished the day with a visit to the Sapwalap Ward.
Friday, we met with President Albert at Mand. He is a successful farmer whose family is from Pingelap, as are most of the people in this part of the island.
His home was neat and tidy.
From Mand we drove to Wone and met with a small but enthusiastic group there.
Next it was on to Kitti where President Conrad (back right) is planning a branch temple trip later this year. His wife (standing next to him) is a family history consultant and teaches Seminary.
Saturday morning Elder and Sister Chandler took us on an amazing hike to Sokehs Rock where we found WWII Japanese anti-aircraft and coastal guns . . .
a stand of giant bamboo . . .
And amazing views of the island. That is the short runway of the Pohnpei International Airport in the middle of the photo.
In the afternoon we visited with the Sekere Wars taught an enthusiastic group how to use the My Family booklet. All of these people are related through the Agrippa family.
Saturday evening we drove south again and took a small boat to the Nan Madol ruins with our friends from Barrigada, the Roberts.
The sunset that evening was spectacular, as usual.
Today the Chandlers prepared a delicious dinner for us. They work hard on Pohnpei as CES Missionaries. They love it here and you can see why! Beautiful island, beautiful people.