We're celebrating internet access today at our apartment in Koror, Palau and can now update our blog and share some of the miraculous experiences of our first few days serving the Lord in this tiny island republic.
Let's take a step back to our MTC days (oh, that seems so long ago!) and review a few events of the last couple of weeks.
On April 21st we met Elder & Sister Hansen, new arrivals at the MTC headed to Cove Fort. They had already dropped off their living quarters there and met our friends Elder & Sister Christensen, the directors of that visitors center.
|Micronesia Guam Missionaries|
Elder & Sister Carter going to Palau
Elder & Sister Crisp going to Chuuk
Monday morning, April 22nd, we began a new training sponsored by CES. Brother Anderson, one of our amazing trainers, taught us in the way of the Master and demonstrated truly masterful teaching. We learned about a five step process for preparing and presenting lessons and how our teaching needs to be student-centered.
Allan visited a dentist and found that the toothache was sinus related--thank goodness! We were fortunate to run into George & Dixie Whitehead who were at the MTC in language training for their mission which begins in July, and know they'll be a powerful influence for good among their missionaries in Mexico.
Our CES instructors helped us practice all the steps they had been teaching, and we made it through with only minor cuts and scrapes. We were humbled enough to truly feel the Spirit at the Tuesday evening fireside where Elder David Evans (member of the Seventy) spoke.
|Elder & Sister Bell|
|Elder & Sister Bird|
|Mick, Ariel, & Abby|
|Nathaniel & Carla|
|Clint & Camille|
|Isaac, Madison, Cody, & Ezra|
|Grandma & Grandpa with Isaac, Ezra, & Abby|
Wednesday evening we planned to meet with Mick, Ariel, Abby, Madison, Cody, Isaac, Ezra, Camille, and Clint for dinner and to say our final goodbyes before our flights on Thursday morning. Imagine our surprise and awe when Nathaniel and Carla stepped out of their cars and met us at the restaurant to visit with us for our last couple of hours with family. Sister Carter cried her eyes out and Elder Carter was noted for a few tears of his own. Nathaniel and Carla flew from Houston, Texas to spend a couple of hours with us and wish us well on our mission adventure. We took pictures of us and the babies then somehow made it back to the hotel to pack and grab a few hours sleep.