June 29th, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
Thought we better share some of these photos, they are piling up! It has been a very eventful three weeks and lots of good things are happening! I wish I had a better photo of this tree, it has several names, and the blossoms like like feather fans. Of course the trees that are completely covered with blossoms are those we see when we are driving by... Mimosa or Persian silk tree.
One of the small Farmers Markets that we visit helps to fund an old orphanage that I think I have already mentioned. One Sat the building was open for tours, and we spent at least an hour
The old linoleum floors remind me of what our kitchen looked like when I was growing up.
Elder Hess has something to confess.....
Beautiful chapel with it's stained glass windows!
St Joseph, Father of Orphans, and Foster Father of Jesus
Have any old pallets laying around? And, this is for all of us WY gardeners!
Elder Hess and I drove to Memphis the night before our Zone Conference in TN, we had to be there at 8:30 am. Elder Hess did a power point presentation on medical needs, and I had to "inspect" all of the Sisters for dress standards. I was glad not to have the Elders, they had to lift their arms, let Sister Wakolo inspect their collars, cuffs, pits, shoes and pants. At the hotel we stayed at, they suggested 2 restaurants, and one was Marlowe's Ribs, and they offer free rides in one of their two old pink Cadillacs. After we had eaten, we noticed the sign above our heads, and funny thing, it was established the same year we were married. :)We were within 5 miles of Mississippi, so we drove far enough to be in that state.
Thoughts from Zone Conf. "A Bad attitude is like a flat tire, your'e not going anywhere until you change it."! Pres. Benson said, when obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power." "Charity brings the Spirit and helps us connect with others."
S.Povey,Wheeler,Gummow,Minster, and Gray The long and short of the mission!
Sister Wakolo always does a game with the missionaries, and one this time was asking what Pres. one-liners were. Here are a few...I rejoice with you in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I will never doubt or question my testimony, I am grateful for my eternal companion, she is the 1st counselor to the Holy Ghost, Life is good, This is the plan of Happiness, not the plan of Sadness, and A step away from the world is a step closer to Jesus Christ." One of Pres. stories - When he was an Area Authority, he did a lot of traveling and when he would return home, it was always with a suitcase full of dirty laundry. At one point, it hit him that he wanted to return home Clean! So, after that, he always made sure that his laundry was done before returning, he wanted to return home Clean. At times he would have to start laundry after midnight on a Sunday night, but he did it, just to return home, Clean. Seniors and visitors at Zone Conference.
Last Zone Conference for Pres and Sister Wakolo and Jasmin. Jasmin is almost 14, and bore her testimony. She serves as companion at the mission home and airport when there is only one sister going home. The Wakolos are headed home to Fiji for three weeks, not to rest, but to do Firesides, Sacrament meetings, visit many of the widows and elderly, and hopefully reconnect with family. Their 20 year son Glen lives there and they haven't seen him for 30 months. They will make their new home in Sandy, UT, not the sandy beaches of Fiji as they had thought. Pres., now Elder, will begin his 21 year assignment as a 70.
One of the many farmers markets that we like to visit. Fresh peaches, plums, beans, and even corn this last week. Oh, and beautiful heirloom tomatoes, varieties of potatoes, and lots of squash!We say good bye to some, and see you later to others. Sister Burk on the right transfers, Elder Ray center flies home to Ammon, ID Elder Jacquez transfers, and tall Elder Kuchin below, home to UT. Elder Taleni, one of our AP's goes home to Samoa.
That is our prayer for each of us when we return home, we will all be converted disciples of Jesus Christ. 3 Nephi 5:13
love to all,
Elder and Sister Hess