Wednesday, August 2, 2017

27 July 2017  Brent and I with President Turay, the Stake President of the new Kissy Sierra Leone Stake created in June 2017.  He is the most humble man and will do such a wonderful job. 

 27 July 2017 Our SL missionaries ready to go to the MTC plus President Turay, the new Kissy Stake President.  Five of these missionaries are his now.  L. To R. Elder Williams, Elder Kargbo, Sister Samura, Elder Conteh, President Turay, Elder Jallon (our missionary) and Elder Koroma.  This is a great group.  Below is the family and friends that came to say good-bye to them. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

26 July 2017  Elder Palacay arrived from the Philippines.  We have been waiting for him for a transfer while his Passport was processed.  We are glad he is finally here. 
 25 July 2017, changing of the guards for the AP's. L.  Elder Izekor, (leaving us to go open a new area in Koidu) Elder Wheelock and our new AP Elder Badoo. 
 25 July 2017, our newest group of missionaries to arrive.  They are all from the States except Elder Oloucho and he is from Kenya. 
This is what our lobby to the mission home looks like on transfer day. 
24 July 2017 -  For "PIE-oneer Day" We made pies and also that was Sister Clawson's birthday and how we celebrated with her. Above is Elder Carly's pie and the first one he has ever made.  It was a chocolate pudding pie.  The crust was a little tough but pretty good for a first time.  Sister Carly made a peanut Butter Pie and I made a Lemon Meringue pie.  Sister Clawson made an apple crumb pie and President Clawson made a Banana Cream pie.  President and Elder Carly decided to have a pie contest.   Sister Carly wrote on Elder Carly's pie, "This is the Place", on her pie she wrote, "This might be the place BUT this is Heaven."
 On my pie she wrote "That may be Heaven BUT this is the Celestial Kingdom."  It was pretty fun.  That is the first Lemon Meringue pie I have made from scratch and I couldn't find any Crisco on Saturday so I substituted margarine in the curst.  It turned out just fine.   

 Above is Elder Carly taking a picture of all our pies.  Below is President, Sister Clawson, (organizing things just right as always) and Sister Carly. 
 President, their daughter Auria who is visiting and Sister Clawson.  Happy Birthday and Happy "PIE"-oneer Day. 

 Top Picture is Elder Vele.  He arrived on 4 July 2017.  He came 3 weeks later than our last missionaries because he is French speaking and spent 3 weeks longer in the MTC.  He is doing pretty good with his English.  (Brent and I look shorter because the road slopes down at this point of the property.)
 Below is Sister Francess Ngekia, she is from Sierra Leone and left on 6 July for the MTC.  She is going to the Ghana Cape Coast Mission.

 I took these around the mission office and mission home.  I wanted you to see how beautiful it is right now in the rainy season.  This stairway leads up to the mission home and our apartment
 This leads to the water pump just below the mission home.  The picture below is a closer view of one of the hibiscus bushes we have growing.  They bloom all year round, every day. 

 Above is the mission office and below you can see some of our banana plants.  Our banana grove is to the left. 

 These three are all out our office window.  It really is green and beautiful right now.  I have a big palm bush that blocks my view of the missionaries leaving, but I still like the green. 

 Below is a picture going along Wilkinson Road a couple of Saturday's ago on our way home.  The road is completely covered with water and it was pretty deep in this part.  When it rains here it really rains.  That is why everything is so green  and alive right now.  It is also a little cooler.  We LOVE the rainy season.