One day Elder Reese came home with 2 beautiful red roses for me. The missionaries had been hanging out here - it was there P-day. They said he brought the roses to impress them - and I think they were impressed! I told them they should come over more often! (I hope you noticed our expensive vase!)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
On May 1st the 2 small branches in Tbilisi Georgia were combined into 1 branch. The Mission President and his wife came to do this. They called Elder Reese to be the new Branch President. He has spent the month of May reorganizing the branch and closing the other building. It is a tough job with the language barrier - but he is getting much better at charades! The members are excited to be back together - there is strength in numbers. I have been leading the music and doing primary while things settle - everything takes time in Georgia. We feel that the Lord has sent us many small miracles to get us to this place and time. We love the people of Georgia and serving here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
As Humanitarian missionaries we are now involved in getting wheelchairs for the disabled. We have 2 different kinds. The regular wheelchairs are the standard ones that you generally see in hospitals. The rough riders are for getting around on rough ground. We visited our supplier who makes these wheelchairs here in Tbilis and I took one for a test run over the edge!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We invited our 8 missionaries over to spend Easter with us. I had them meet on our doorstep. I started reading in 3 Nephi 8: 5-22 and as I talked about the destruction of the land - E. Reese was doing the sound, water, lightning and fire effects from behind the door. (I was trying hard not to laugh!) When I read about the darkness - I passed out blindfolds. I told them that they were lucky that they were still alive and that they needed to find their family and friends that had been lost in the destruction.
E. Reese had turned over the furniture and moved things around to get the feel for the destruction! He had found some chocolate eggs at the Bazaar and he scattered them through out the room - representing their family. It was fun to watch the elders searching for their lost family and friends and how excited they were when they found one! When they were done, they took off their blindfolds, straightened up the furniture and I read about Christ appearing at the temple. (3 Nephi 11: 3-17) I bore my testimony that even though I did not feel the prints of the nails in his hand and feet - that I know just as surely as they that Christ lives. He is my savior - and I am forever grateful that he died for me. That because of him, I can return to live with my Heavenly Father. How thankful I am to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints!
For dinner we had haystacks - one of my families favorites. We did not have all the ingredients - so we had them Georgian style! The elders really enjoyed themselves - they do not eat at the members homes very often, so it was nice to have a home cooked meal. For dessert I made apple crisp and served it with ice cream.
We ended the evening with a few fun games. Remember the paper bag game? You set an open paper bag on the floor and everyone has to pick it up with their teeth - only their feet can touch the floor! After each round you cut off an inch or 2 of the bag - until it is just a small piece of paper! I was impressed - 3 of our elders made it to the end!
Easter is a very big holiday here in Georgia. They fast from all animal products (inc. milk, eggs, cheese, etc) for 40 days before hand. The week before we started seeing red eggs and then wheat grass. This is the traditional decorations. They do not have bunnies or chocolate eggs - we saw a few in some of the bigger stores - but no one was buying them! They have an Easter cake that everyone gets and takes to the cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. They leave the cake for them. We were impressed that this was a serious, religious holiday - no commercialism.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I really look forward to Tuesday morning - that's when I get my weekly email from Peter, who is on his mission in Tuscan Arizona. So this is the picture I saw a few weeks ago - I LOVE kettle korn - evidently they were walking along and someone came up and said 'we want you to have this!' I'm trying not to be jealous!!! (what's with the hat?) Peter is a great missionary - we love him and are very proud of him.