In the last week we have celebrated a New Year. On the 31st we and a few couples had our own dinner with meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, squash, green beans, and salad, homemade bread and apple crisp.[this is not a typical African dinner] Then we played cards and all went home by 8:30. Jan1 was a pool party and BBQ, with greetings by Elder Kacher. He encouraged each of us to support our spouses in our missionary callings and ended with the idea that sometimes that takes us our of our comfort zones. Then he proceeded to do a dance and sing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside” with his wife. She was a dancer and choreographer in her pre-mission life and this was definitely to please her. I was the first in the pool but 5 others eventually joined me. it was a lovely day to float around.
We taught the temple missionaries how to play ‘The Great Dalmuti’. In the picture you see Bro. Pothier as the dalmuti and Sr Pierson as the peon. Neither one of them ended up in those positions at the end but we laughed as we regularly exchanged places according to our ranking in the game.
The temple was quiet enough this week that we took Thursday off and did much need activities around the house and went grocery shopping. I think this is the first day we have taken off since we got here. We have attended the last two senior missionary sealing sessions and were able to complete 5 couples and 19 of their children. We are hoping to finish all the ordinances of the family members that Tom has found here before we get home. It will be a tough adjustment not being in the temple almost every day.
We were not surprised but saddened to hear of Pres. Monson’s passing. He is probably with Frances visiting all the widows from the ward when he was bishop to see how they are getting on in the spirit world. That will ever be his legacy to the world: service to the one in need.
We know Elder Nelson and Elder Oaks have been well-prepared for their next callings They are wonderful men, like all the general authorities ; mortals still, with imperfections, but acting with inspired guidance because of the responsibilities they carry. It will make April Conference another historic event in the Church.