Sunday, December 18, 2016

 9 December 2016 Brent and I at Sea Bird waiting to pick up Elder Stanfill.  He is a counselor in the area Presidency and came for Stake Conference.  The Clawson's were in Bo, so Brent and I were blessed to be his transportation for the weekend.  Brent got a phone call just as I handed a guy my camera and so he took a bunch of shots of us.  I wanted a picture of Brent and I with the Christmas tree.   The ocean is behind Brent and there are stairs leading down to the water.
 This Christmas tree was in a corner of the building the day we arrived in Freetown in April.  Now it has a place of honor in the middle of the building and has decorations on it including balloons.  They have balloons all around the building.  It was very festive.  

 The top picture is Salamatu Kolokoh my dear friend.  She is going on her mission on the 27th of December.  I will really miss her.  I got to know here when we were going to Dwarzak ward.  She is a counselor in the RS presidency in that ward.  She will be a wonderful missionary.  The bottom picture is Salamatu, Me, and Sister Margaret.  Sister Margaret is also in the Dwarzak ward and she has a little shop just outside our compound.  We buy a lot of vegetables from her.  On Friday nights she asks us what we want and she goes to town on Saturday and brings it back to us.  It is fresh things.  We usually but carrots, cucumbers, bananas, squash, gratefruit and a couple times we brought bread fruit from her.  She is such a sweet little lady.  We are glad we can help her and she really helps us. 

 The Sunday before Thanksgiving I made Pumpkin Pie and we invited the missionaries living above the Mission Office for Pie. Usually there are 6 Elders but that night there were 10.  I didn't know there were that many, but we cut the pieces smaller and still had a fun night.  They are cute young men.  Elder Akan in sitting front and on the left standing is Elder Oyebambi.  They are the AP's. 
We found a squash at a market a couple weeks ago and I baked the squash and ran it through the blender and put it in freezer.  That is what I made the pie out of and it turned out really good.  The cream we used is like the dream whip from home, but it is a Domo brand.  I used powdered milk and made cream out of powdered Domo.  It tastes pretty good.
 Thanksgiving dinner 2016.  We actually had it the Sunday after Thanksgiving because they do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Sierra Leone and it was just another work day.  We found a small turkey and cooked it in a crock pot.  Brent cut up the turkey like he always does. 
The dressing turned out really good.  Their bread is a little different, but the dressing was yummy, even without celery in it.  That is one thing we have not seen here is celery.  We had a pretty complete Thanksgiving dinner. 

 This was at the Stake Center at a cultural event.  They asked us to be judges and it was suppose to start at 10:00.  This is about 10:30 and you can see it was mainly missionaries that were there.  We all arrived about 9:45.  Top is Elder Waybright and his companion. 
                                                 Elder Peterson and Elder Curriden.
Elder Marks, Elder Jones Brent and Elder Saunders, waiting for the event to start.  We had to leave at 12:00 and it still had not started.  Elder Jones said it started about 12:45.   Bottom is Brent and I by some curtains they had hung at the back of the Stake Center.