Sunday, June 16, 2013

India and Malaysia Pictures--June 2-June 16, 2013

Picture before the baptism of the 78-year old husband, father, and grandfather in Hyderabad. Tom was one of the witnesses.
 Dinner after the fireside on Saturday, June 1, at the Paradise with Brother and Sister Pulla.
 Posing with Sister Pulla, the District Presidency, and Naresh Godi, the Family History Country Adviser for India.
 At the first birthday party of Alivia Godi with her mother and father. The first birthday in India is a big event for the child. The family gathers together to celebrate.We suspect the celebration is held because formally, infant mortality rate in India was so high that reaching a first birthday was a milestone.
 Charminar. Char means four and minar means minaret. It was built in 1591 by Muhammad Quil Qutb Shah of the region to memorialize the 4000 who died of a plague including his wife. This structure is as well known in southern India as the Taj Mahal is in northern India.
 Travel in Hyderabad is by 2-wheeled, 3-wheeled, or 4-wheeled vehicles as seen in this picture.
Photo from the top of Charminar with our guide. We had a private tour and got to go to areas where the general public is not allowed. We were approached at Charminar by many locals to have their picture taken with us.
This elegant and immense structure is the tomb for a single person, Hayat Baksh Begum. See the next picture to learn more about her.She is the only woman in the tomb area of the Shahs.
 The Golconda (Shepherd's Hill) Fort had a circumference of seven kilometers and was an impregnable fortress.  It is a ruined city formerly the capital of the ancient kingdom of Golconda built in the 13th century. At the outermost wall can be experienced the fantastic acoustical effects in which a hand clap at a certain point under the dome can be clearly heard at the uppermost pavilion almost a kilometer away. This acted as a warning note to residents in case of danger.
A pot of Biryani prepared by the Pullas for our dinner. 
 A group of Saints that had gathered at the beginning of the Ipoh Family History Open House.
 Chris Liew and Garnalee at the Open House. Chris was kind enough to take us site seeing on Monday, June 10.
 An example of one of the many displays at the Ipoh Open House.

Elder and Sister Harrington's fan charts. This was a reminder to the visitors at the Open House that you don't need to be a genealogist to begin your tree. The important thing is TO GET STARTED.
 At the Open House the youth performed two sketches. This one was an unhappy family who found happiness through listening to the missionaries, accepting the Gospel, and going to the temple to be sealed as "A Forever Family."
This sketch was about a boy who was a striving to be a commandment keeper. We loved this sketch because the little 5-year old boy on the right was acting as the "bishop" during the interviewing of the "Mother."
 The theme of the Open House was, "The Branches of the Future are Rooted in the Past...."
 This shows several recent converts and their family trees.
 A list of the videos that were shown at the Open House.

These banners were hung up around the city.

Another one of the displays.
Above is the monastery on the inside of the caves.

At the caves there was a pool and feeding area for a huge group of turtles. We fed them tomatoes. We knew some of the turtles must be quite old because of their huge size.
 Chris took our picture with the god of love.
Our picture with the dragon at the entrance to the cave.
Photo with Shirley Chong in front of the god of mercy who performed so many great works during his life that he came back to life as a woman.
Ipoh, Malaysia is known for its huge limestone caves. This is a view from inside the cave looking out. One of the caves we didn't get to visit was large enough for the Japanese army to hide in during their occupation of Malaysia in World War II.
This was our Titanic pose just to show how large the cave is.
The entrance to the cave.
Lunch with Shirley Chong, Sister Seow, and Chris Liew on our last day in Malaysia at a Chinese restaurant.

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