Sunday, April 26, 2015

Two great weeks in Guam

Every Thursday is the Mangilao Night Market next door to the Santa Teresita Catholic Church, not far from our apartment.  For the last couple of weeks Agnes and Tosie Tosie have had a booth selling Pearl Shakes and lumpia or fruit salad to earn money for the temple trip in July.

Suzanna Sam has been helping out too (always with a big smile).  We love going to the market.  You can buy anything from a lemon tree to chicken empanadas prepared by the local Imam to used clothes.

On one of our recent trips we found ripe papaya, soursop and mountain apples (also taro and breadfruit).

Saturday, April 18.  We hiked with the Young Women of the Barrigada Stake down to Sella Bay, site of the ancient Chamorro village of Sidya, the remains of a Spanish beehive oven and a two-arch Spanish stone bridge.  We enjoyed snorkeling in the bay with its ledges, tubes and underwater canyons.

Wednesday, April 22.  We left the office early for an evening beach walk.  Heading down to Tanguisson we found the tide way out and the reef flats exposed.  A few people were out collecting shellfish to make Kelaguen.  Grant picked up this trocha who came out to say hello.  

We enjoyed yet another beautiful Guam sunset.

Thursday, April 23.  Sister Julie Fee brought in her Barrigada Seminary Class to the FHC do some Family History.  The youth are preparing names to take on the temple trip in July.

Friday, April 24.  The Talisay Ward "Temple Night" brought out Sam Bailey, first counselor in the bishopric, Relief Society President Lisa Garcia and her two darling girls and long time Guam residents Buzz and Jeanette Passeur.  The very capable Mike Monson, a ward family history consultant, conducted the evening.

Saturday, April 25.  With the help of Elder and Sister Thomas, Military Relations Missionaries, we were able to get onto the Naval Base for a hike down the Spanish Steps (by rope and ladder) on Orote Point--the westernmost tip of the U.S.  We were rewarded at the bottom of our climb by a lovely beach and excellent snorkeling.

Sunday, April 26.  We stopped by the Barrigada Ward family history class and found these faithful members hard at work:  Sister Walters, Dorthy Siren, Sister Masau, Sister Philemon, Suzanna Sam, Agnes Tosie, Tami Burton, Brother Nauta and Dale West.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

Our visit to Kosrae continued and included a meeting with the Assistants to the President and the Kosrae Zone, hosted by us at the senior couple's house.  Pictured below are Elders Murdoch, Blackwell, Gibb, Fabiano, Ferguson, Conk, Amato and Johnson.

We enjoyed meeting with families on Kosrae and talking about temple and family history.  This beautiful family hopes to go to the Manila temple this year to be sealed.

This newly baptized family is also hoping to be sealed in the temple soon.

While on Kosrae, we also helped members research and record their family history.  Records for Kosrae are included in the Pohnpei vital records and we were able to help Rory (below) and others fill in their My Family Booklets.

Permides, the lone family history consultant on Kosrae is great.  Here she is helping one of the sisters from the Lelu Branch.  We worked out in the breezeway where it was cool.  The chapel has no air conditioning but it does have a great wireless internet connection.

 We enjoyed our stay in Kosrae in the little missionary house on the beach.  The sunrises were especially beautiful.

We flew to Pohnpei on Sunday, March 29 after a 24 hour delay.  Monday morning we looked out our hotel window and saw this Founding Day parade go by.  Students were celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the College of Micronesia.

Above is the Kosraean Student Association.  They sang a Protestant hymn as they marched by.

Next came the Pohnpeian Student Association. They boy in the blue shirt is blowing on a big shell.

Above is the Pingelap/Mokil (two small atolls that are part of Pohnpei State) Student Organization float.  The queen who is riding in the back and who you cannot see is one of our family history consultants.

These are the students from Chuuk.

These students are from Yap.  The yellow on their bodies is turmeric.  The girls in this photo are wearing lavalavas, a sign that they are from the outer islands of Yap State.

After the parade the student organizations performed dances.  We especially liked this one by the Pingelap/Mokil group depicting fierce warriors defending their women against European/American whalers.

The Chuukese students performed a stick dance--a sort of ritual mock battle with lots of yelling.

The Yapeese students also performed.

That evening we went down to Wone to attend Family Home Evening with the group members there.  Peter Hebel showed us his beautiful garden.  Here you can see his peas, corn, pineapple, watermelon and bananas.  He also had cucumbers, squash and some citrus trees.

Later that evening we enjoyed a Spirit-filled family home evening.  Peter's wife is in the center.  The Wone group (part of the Kitti Branch) is truly one big family--most of the people in the group are related!

Wednesday evening we trained the new High Councilman in charge of Family History as well as the newly called Family History Director at the Pahnasang Stake Center.  They are talented and committed and will be a great asset to the work on Pohnpei.

Later we trained some of the Family History Consultants.  We challenged them, within the next month, to each complete their own My Family Booklet and also to Find (a name of an ancestor), Take (or share that name with the temple), and Teach (someone else how to do it too).

We arrived back in Guam, safe and sound, on Thursday evening.  Saturday we had our annual Easter Picnic at Ritidian Beach, one of our very favorite places on Guam.  Sunday we celebrated Easter with our dear fellow missionaries and friends in the Barrigada Ward.

We are grateful to have been kept safe from Typhoon Maysak and to be serving in this beautiful place.