Sunday, September 16, 2012

Red Letter Week--September 10-16, 2012

Our Family Home Evening activity on Monday was Elder and Sister Kelly sharing their experiences in Pakistan. They had gone there to establish the Perpetual Education Fund program in that country. They met with the heads of three different universities in Pakistan and interviewed a lot of potential PEF recipients. They must be returned missionaries or had joined the church beyond mission age to qualify. They felt the hand of the Lord protecting them as they were there.
On Tuesday thru Friday we spoke in the Sacrament meeting of the Victoria 2 Branch which is referred to as the Everyday Branch. This branch is for the Philippina sisters who do not have Sunday off from work. The Spirit is very strong in these meetings even though they are few in number.
Thursday brought a very special opportunity. Once a month we have the privilege of attending the temple with the Area Presidency. After the session we had a testimony meeting in the temple. As the newest senior missionaries we were invited to share our testimonies. Two other senior couples who are going home in the next few weeks were also asked to share their testimonies. We made an appointment with the temple president, President Aki, for Friday morning.
Friday morning we got lost trying to get to the temple on our own. To save a few bucks we took the MTR (mass transit railroad) instead of a taxi. We came out of the wrong exit and immediately were lost. A college student tried to help us but sent us in the wrong direction. We finally asked someone else for help and were told we were at least 30 minutes from the temple in the direction we had just come from. He recommended we get a TAXI. Which we did. In meeting with President Aki we were assigned to serve in the temple every Thursday evening as temple officiators. Friday afternoon Tom was called to be the Elder's Quorum president. In the evening we attended the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's Eroica. The astounding part of the concert was the guest pianist, Ingrid Fliter, who played the piano for 4o solid minutes with no music.
Saturday was P-day. After cleaning the apartment (Tom vaccums and Garnalee cleans the bathroom and mops the floors) we went to see The Expendables 2 with three other senior couples. The movie was a morning matinee and only cost us $10 each which is about $1.25 US. We went to lunch and then grocery shopping. Boy did we ever--$638 worth--which is about $80 US.
Garnalee received the calling to teach the Teaching the Gospel class and Tom found out that part of his calling as Elder's Quorum president will be to teach priesthood meeting twice a month.
So we are going to be busier than ever.

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