|Dr. Hartup is smiling--we think!|
We began the week on Guam visiting our friend the dentist. Dr. Hartup must have some pull (pun intended) with his dental lab because Elder Carter’s crowns were prepared in only two days and placed on Monday afternoon. We returned Tuesday for some adjustments, but they seem to be fine and are a major improvement over previous problems.
Monday evening we were blessed to share family home evening with other senior couples. Elder and Sister Hurst hosted the event and asked all of us to bring our laptops. They shared several facets of the Church’s family search website, and all of us were pleased and excited to learn more about our ancestors and how we can share this information with members and investigators.
|Sister Martin & Sister McClellan|
|Sister Hurst, Elder Martin, Elder Hurst|
One of the blessings of spending time in Guam was visiting with Bishop Freddie Nicerio, our director of seminaries and institutes for Micronesia. He gave Elder Carter a blessing, assisted by Elder Martin, that reminded him to increase his faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement and that he would be able to adequately deal with his medical issues. A sweet spiritual lift.
Wednesday afternoon we packed our belongings and drove to the mission office to meet with President Mecham. He gave Elder Carter a priesthood blessing that brought a sweetness and calm to both of us. Elder and Sister Martin followed us to the airport to retrieve our vehicle, and to our surprise Bishop Nicerio pulled in next to us as he dropped off his sister for her flight. We love these great people but there’s no place like home—Palau!
|Elder Carter, Elder & Sister Martin, Sister Carter|
|Elder Carter, Elder & Sister Martin, Bishop Nicerio|
All of our missionaries greeted us Wednesday night as we arrived at our apartment. Their homemade signs and heartfelt sentiments brightened the day and our hearts. We love our missionaries!
Elder Malais and Elder Murdoch stopped over with several packages from our family and friends. We’re planning a mission preparation course, and many of our needed materials were in the packages, plus plenty of treats to share. Thank you!
|Elder Carter opening a package|
|Sisters' luncheon to say goodbye|
|Sister Ale & Sister Norgrant|
Thursday night we gathered to say goodbye to Sister Norgrant. We’re thrilled that she has this new opportunity, but are so sad to see her go. She is a faithful, determined, and focused missionary, and will be a blessing wherever she serves.
|Sister Carter, Sister Norgrant, Elder Carter|
|Sisters Purcell, Talakai, Norgrant, Ale|
|Sister Ale & Sister Norgrant|
|Our cute zone!|
|Sister Norgrant's last treat in Palau|
Friday night we gathered at Palau Community College to watch some of our members as they participated in International Night. They modeled customary and modern clothing for all the islands and then performed dances and songs representative of their various cultures.
|Elder Murdoch & Elder Fullmer|
|Angie & John Jr.|
|Missionaries enjoying the show|
|"All Micronesian" shirts|
|Sister Bevan, Elder Fullmer, Sister Ale|
|Sister Bevan--first night in Palau|
Elder Fullmer and Elder Dopp, our zone leaders, hosted a meeting Saturday afternoon where they presented the training they had received in Guam. They reminded us that God’s ways are not man’s ways and that we need to discover for ourselves what He wants us to accomplish in our mission areas.
We love Saturdays because we usually have a baptism, and this week we were able to watch Pauline Kobeney Thomas and Ruthana Lanwi enter the waters of baptism. Ronnie, Pauline’s husband, performed the ordinance for both of them. He was baptized only a few weeks ago and was so pleased to have this opportunity to exercise his priesthood and see his wife join him in the Church.
|Pauline & Ruthana--so happy!|
|Pauline, Ruthana, and friends|
|Sister Purcell, Pauline, Ronnie, Ruthana, Sister Talakai|
How wonderful to be back with our Palauan saints on Sunday! We missed them terribly, and they said they missed us. Though the air conditioning is still broken at the church, we love gathering together and learning from one another. Two of our recent converts spoke in Sacrament Meeting along with Elder Murdoch. They bore sweet, simple, and pure testimonies about their own conversions. The Primary children sang a capella versions of “I Stand All Amazed” and “Did Jesus Really Live Again?”. We played a piano duet (“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”) and the choir ended the meeting with “He is Risen.” Next Sunday is Easter, but we will watch General Conference so this was our chance to sing our Easter music.
Following priesthood executive meeting and branch council, the missionaries met at our apartment for dinner. Since we were gone on Fast Sunday last week, we decided to serve breakfast. They seemed to enjoy our version of an egg mcmuffin—at least all the food disappeared. For dessert, we devoured Elder Carter’s birthday cake. His birthday is this Thursday, but we always celebrate together the Sunday before—and we will celebrate every single day this week.
|Elder Dopp & Elder Fullmer|
|Sister Talakai, Elder Carter, Sister Purcell|
|Elder Carter and his birthday cake|
|A lighter moment|
|A little more traditional|
|Make a wish!|
|How many candles?|
|Sister Bevans, Sister Ale|
|Elder Malais & Elder Murdoch|
We are grateful to serve the people of Palau, but we couldn’t do it without the ever-abiding support of our family and friends. We love you and feel the power of your faith!