Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May, 2015 Mission Post

Intro to May

Springtime is going fast but of course, it is always summer here.  Nevertheless, we picture in our minds the beautiful flowers and green grass at home.  We continue to keep busy here as our missionary trainees come and go.  We love to see them come and are sad to see them go, just like at home.  The time comes quickly when it is time for them to move on to challenges of their own.  Much like it is with raising a family. That is what mortality is about, progressing.  We are progressing through our mission, but are still enjoying our time here with the missionaries, the staff and of course the wonderful members.
This is a picture of a local stake conference.  Not too different than what we see and hear at home.  It really is a small world.

Beautiful African Sights

We see a lot of colorful sights here, both the foliage, the food. and of course the interesting people.

Utah Visitors

It is always nice to have visitors from home.  This month we had a big group of  MBA etc. students from the Marriott School at BYU.  They come here as part of their training where they do different projects with the businesses here.  They like to come visit us at the MTC, and we love having them.  They attended our Sunday meetings and toured our building and just had fun with our missionaries.

Here they are mixed in with our missionaries and with our Relief Society.  What fun.

Temple Trip

Another sweet trip to the temple.  The missionaries are always so excited to go.  For many, it will be their first time and it may be several years before they can attend again.  Elder Malmrose helps them to do their family history, so that some of them can do the work for their own families. Either way, they love going and we love going with them and our dear senior missionaries, the Robisons and Watsons.

As I was walking around the temple grounds, I heard someone call out my name.  I turned around and there were two of our sisters, who are now serving their missions in Accra. It is always fun to see them again. We took a "selfie"together.
How could we not love these good people?

Mathias Eguco's Farewell

The manager of the MTC has been called to be a mission president in Nigeria.  We had a great staff farewell devotional for him, to send him off with our love and a few remembrances.  He and his wife are in Utah now for some training and sure looks like they had fun at temple square.

Mothers Day Devotional

Our devotional on Mother's Day, was held with our area authority Elder Vinson and his wife.  They are from Australia and are most enjoyable.  They asked Gerald and me if we would sing for them, so of course we did so during the devotional.  She, like we, really likes the African fabrics and often wears dresses made from them too. They are so bright and fun to wear. She is wearing the blue dress in the middle.

I wore some locally made beads for Mother's Day and took this selfie.


We had a great farewell devotional, and that is always enjoyable.

During the fireside, President Robison mentioned that we have an Elder Hodson in our group who is the great-great-grandson of Hugh B. Brown.  The fun thing is that Elder Malmrose, as a young man, dated Elder Brown's grand-daughter and has been in their home in Pasadena years ago. There is much more to the story, but that is for another time and place.  Fortunately for me, he decided to marry me instead.