Sunday, March 31, 2013

Week 24

We had a busy week with parties and transfers.  Here are some pictures from this week:

Family Home Evening with the zone missionaries and scones!  I've never used scones for a base for chili, but that was their favorite way to eat them.

Missionary apartment out in the boonies for new missionaries.  We were sent to make sure it was clean and ready for them.  It was!

This is the chapel in the boonies for the branch there.  It's hard to see, but this building has 3 phases added to it, and it is in the middle of nowhere!  Someone had to be a good talker to talk the church building program into building one there--miles away from any town.
Our zone before transfers.  We have 8 new missionaries now in our zone, four just fresh from the MTC.

Our three Manaoag sisters before transfers.  The middle one was transferred, and they were all  really sad.

Filipino treats at Mangaldan District RS party.  Fried bananas, coconut rice treats, and ube cakes.  Yum!

Sisters making treats.

San Fabian branch sisters.  The two in front are my new piano students.

A different branch with their treats.  The big bag has friend caribo skins which they tell me is delicious.  Haven't tried them yet.

San Fabian dancers doing a Filipino dance.

Another branch with their dance.

Still another dance.

In this dance they each carried two lighted candles and balanced one on their head the whole time.

Me with some of the Mangaldan dancers

Transfer day with the new missionaries for the Mangaldan zone.  The two elders in front are the Zone Leaders, and the two sisters are headed to Manaoag.

Just a little bit of luggage to take along.

We only caught the tail end of the Easter Parade procession.  This sea of black haired people poured into the Our Lady of Manaoag church for Good Friday services.  There were thousands of people.  Some people walked miles and miles, dressed in long white dresses or white pants for the men.  We were told some people carried crosses, but we missed seeing them.

San Fabian sisters with their new keyboards.  They were excited!  Now San Fabian can have pianists!

Mapandan District Relief Society Birthday Party was held Saturday.
These dancers are from the San Jacinto branch.

Mapandan branch singers

Manaoag sisters who did the dance at the District RS Party.

Pres. and his fiancé. 

Sisters playing silly games at the RS party.  Filipinos really know how to have fun!

Two sisters being baptized Saturday night with the Sister Missionaries who taught them.

Manaoag sisters at the baptism.

Beautiful sunset looking out the church doors.

Our Easter feast.  The Manaoag sisters joined us for Easter dinner.  In order to get a table big enough to seat six, we have to pull the desk beside the table and still put food on extra chairs because there is not enough room.  We really envy the missionary couples who can have more than 4 additional people come to dinner at one time.  We can't!
These were some of the highlights of this past week.  We hope you are all well and happy, and feel the Savior's love at this Easter time.  See you next week!

1 comment:

  1. It is neat to see that the church is so beautiful and well landscaped even in the middle of nowhere. Those dances sure look neat, too.