I loved this birthday present!! Sam sent me 25 match box cars to give to the children of Jamaica - plus some other small toys - I've divided them among the senior couples so we can all bring some joy into the lives of these beautiful kids. ... thanks so much Sam!!
Sister Evans learning how to run the mission - and doing well!
Elder and Sister Evans - wonderful new office couple from Arizona - we are so grateful they are willing to serve in the mission office ... this is their 5th mission - two at home and then Tonga, West Indies and Jamaica.
We took Elder and Sister Evans on a small tour of Kingston on Saturday, August 25th. This is the Papine Market - farmers bring their fruits and vegetables down to Papine (northeast Kingston) on Friday and Saturday each week ... we love the fresh vegetables!! The Evans enjoyed it also. These three ladies were just setting up their banana selling spot - good bananas!!
As we drove to Yallahs on Sunday we noticed what we thought were dogs in the road eating garbage .. when we got closer it was pigs!!
It has been storming with lots of thunder and lightening and rain - and the ocean on the way to Yallahs was three different bands of color - the brown with all the run off of the rain, the typical aqua of the tropical sea and then the darker blue of the ocean - we thought that was kind of interesting.
Elder Smith was released as the Branch President in Yallahs, Sunday, August 26th. Elder Evans was sustained - President Hendricks is in the back between Elder and Sister Evans. Sister Evans plays the piano (keyboard) and that makes the branch happy - aren't theses beautiful people? We will miss them. Elder Smith figured out he will have a total of four Sundays in our whole 23 month mission that he wasn't a Branch President!!
We got to visit with some great friends from Ocho Rios today. Sister Alexander is the Primary President and her daughter Anika moved to Kington to attend the University of Technology.
WE met Anika's friends Samantha and Denik - such beautiful girls...they will come to school here next year, they said.
Here is the hallway, and dining table - kitchen below -- lots of stairs!
Anika's room is on the third floor - no elevator - kind of a 'forced fitness' deal - I wonder if all freshman live on the top floors? It was fun to be involved on a college campus again - especially on freshman moving into the dorms day! Lots of parents, little siblings and happy smiles - including ours. It will be fun for the next two weeks to have Anika in the same town as we are!! She wants to be an accountant and is an excellent student - she will do well.
Elder Conder and his companion Elder Nugent came into the office on their Preparation Day .. Elder Ferrin, one of the Office Elders, gave him a hair cut - right in the office!! The Office Elders usually take their P-Day on Saturday...I'm so glad to have wonderful young energetic missionaries to work with us.
Fun in the hall between workshop sessions - the Portmore Building is one of the largest in the mission, but no air conditioning! the Jamaican's didn't seem to mind - the senior missionaries sweated and sweated! The Larsens and Whiteheads went out in the air conditioned truck for a couple minutes to cool off!
Fun dance - lots of people with ' good moves' - nice music also. Branch President of a Kingston Branch is a DJ and brought church approved music - it was really fun.
More happy dancing!
Sister Dixon from Port Antonio Branch - we were priveleged to teach her the PEF workshop lessons and now she is going to law school in Kingston.
this is the whole group - or part of them at least - YSA Conference - it was hot! and wonderful!! Portmore Church Building - we had a great time. Several people have said it was the Best YSA Ever!! yay!
Some of our wonderful young single adults in the Mission - happy faces!
Speed dating - 3 minutes to talk to each other and make new friends!
Shawn Jones and Anika Johnson from Ocho Rios - love these two! Sure wish Kerri-gaye Richmond could have come!
These are our new missionaries! Sister Bezzant from Pleasant Grove, Utah, Elder Nelson from Lindon, Utah and Elder Ambrose from Trinidad and Tobago!! Plus Pres. Hendricks, and the AP's - Elders Randle and McCready. I do so much paper work for them to get here that I feel like we are old friends when they finally come!
I had a great dinner date for my birthday - the Devon House Grog Shoppe Restaurant.
Isn't this tree something? It shaded the whole big patio where we sat to eat dinner.
This ice cream is Jamaica 50th - combination of pistacho and cookies and cream - yellow and green with back cookie crumbs - the colors of the Jamaican Flag .. it was delicious also - notice it melting already.
There was a sugar cane boiling room - like in the olden days of sugar making.
This is the cane syrup boiling - it was hot in there! they call this 'wet sugar' - and it is basically molasses.
Here is the turning arm - they usually have a horse pulling it around to crush the cane, but the horse was taking a break - see the cane piled in the background?
This was the only 'carnival' ride that I saw - the thing on top of the VW bug would go around and had seats for kids to sit in ... we were there on the first day so they were just setting things up in some areas.