We have really enjoyed the rainy season because it cools things off during the day and the evening. If we can just endure the next three months when we still have the humidity but no rain and the temperatures soar into the 90's every day!
Today was seminary and institute graduation. There were probably 30 seminary students who completed their whole year of early morning classes and maybe 20 institute students who did the same. I call them the faithful few. There was certainly the possibility of three times that many active youth who come to church each week, but do not attend seminary and institute classes. What a testimony building opportunity they are missing. The teachers are some of the finest I have met in the church and they really care about each of their students.
This has been a month of trying to improve the apartments which the elders are living in. One set moved out of theirs for a month so that the landlord could repaint and put a new tile floor in it and another set moved into a completely different apartment because our mission president wanted them to be closer to the church and the people they are teaching.
There were a couple of missionaries in Trinidad who got Dengue fever from the mosquitoes there, so now we are looking at putting air conditioning units in the apartments, so that they have more protection. I hope that works. We have two air-conditioning units in our apartment, but the mosquitoes still find their way into the apartment. We just make sure we spray with mosquito repellent and have a good mosquito net at night.
Well, I am rambling. I am just really tired. We helped with a Young Single Adult activity last night and boy, those young people here love to visit and visit. The activity was supposed to be finished at 8:00 pm but it was 9:30 before we left the church. I just wanted to say "Go home, this old lady is ready to go to sleep for the night." We were glad that they enjoyed the activity and each other, however. The theme was pioneer night. We played pioneer games, shot arrows from an authentic Indian bow, watched "Joseph Smith and the Restoration" and had a fish fry with deep fried plantain chips and brownies for dessert. It was all good!
It was really fun to receive the West Side missionary letter and hear from each of our missionaries and enjoy their testimonies. Thanks to all of them for contributing to that.
To our siblings, we haven't heard from some of you for quite a while. Send us a note to let us know how you are all doing. We love and miss you. (Lois and Joel, how is the mission going?) (Rob and Brenda, do you have your new the mission call yet?)
To our children, Happy Birthday, Aaron and Becky. We wish you well, Becky and Jason, and Jacob and Abi as you make the big move to new homes and jobs this month. We wish that we could be there to help you.