Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 14 - 20, 2012, we will slow down in August

Monday Barros and Lawson Choro came early and Skyped with their mothers for Mothers Day. Bess loved the messages she received for Mother's Day!!  Thank you!!


 We celebrated Mueller Shimai and Kano Choro's birthdays at District meeting on Tuesday.  We practiced getting commitments from those we teach.  That afternoon Brother Oaks took us on a tour of the Japanese Army Base here in Kumamoto.  The Base is very well maintained and beautiful.  Brother Oaks treated us to dinner at the cafe on base.  Tom has been trying to see over the fence since he got here.

Tom with a tank. Check out that smile!
Food from the base.  Yakisoba we think. The sea weed on top was still dancing!

Wednesday we did not have any new students at Eikaiwa, but we had a lot of fun.  For the game, we played "Gossip" in English.  The words at the end of the line were very interesting!

 We traveled to Nakatsu early Thursday morning. The apartment was really clean.  The elders called on Tuesday and said, "Oh, by the way could you bring us a new toilet seat?"  When we got there we found out why! 

We traveled on to Kitakyushu and also found a clean apartment.  We were very happy to go out to dinner with Villalobos and McConnell Choro.  We have missed Villalobos Choro!

Barrus and Mitton Choro, Nakatsu.

Villalobos and McConnell Choro at Kitakyushu.

View from our hotel window in Kitakyushu.
Friday we checked Yahata and Iizuka apartments.  The apartments we checked in the Fukuoka Zone were the best we have seen them.  Must be the treats.  What ever it is we are happy that they know how to clean!
Swasey and Unice Choro, Yahata Area
View from Yahata window of school girls practicing cheerleading.

View from Yahata window of school boys practicing something?

Iizuka Choro, Kurose and Koponen.
Saturday we enjoyed another Eikaiwa and the two students we taught.  It is so much fun to learn from them.  One is a civil engineer and the other is a professor teaching Economics

Sunday Bess taught the Relief Society lesson.  It is getting to be "old hat" for her. LOL 

Bess' family tree for her Relief Society lesson.

The song in Nehongo, "The Hearts of the Children turn to Their Fathers."  Shimai and Bess sang it as part of the lesson.

Saturday evening we were surprised when President Kasada, a member of the Stake Presidency asked Tom to speak for 15 minutes in the Saturday evening session of Stake Conference.  After Tom accepted, Bess was asked to speak for 5 minutes.  Sunday they had a change and asked Bess to speak for 10 minutes.  Good thing we have a month to prepare!

Sunday evening we had brother Oaks over for dinner, and then the Choro and Shimai and two member and two investigators came for Family Home Evening..

Brother Oaks showing us how to dance.  We played "Do unto Others."
  Our topic for Conference is "Blessings of the Temple".  We love to attend the temple and feel the Spirit that dwells there.  We are excited about sharing our experiences with members of our Stake and hope all people will become worthy and attend the temple.  Attending the temple leads us back to our Heavenly Father.  We love our family and do not want to be without them after this mortal death!       
Love, Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad, Bess and Tom



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