Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, especially to Ferral Jones, our mom, who continues to bless our lives as we serve in Palau. We love you! Thanks to our children too who so lovingly send cards, letters, and packages to celebrate mothers. We love you! Our branch family and missionaries prepared greetings, cards, and messages to make this day special. One sister in the branch didn’t get a chance to talk to us at the chapel, so she called after church to give her Mother’s Day wishes. We love you!
|A Palauan mother preparing tapioca|
|Celebrating birthdays of Sister Purcell, Elder Dopp, & Elder Carter|
|Elder Dopp & Elder Fullmer|
|Elder Murdoch & Elder Malais|
|Elder Fullmer--last testimony|
|Sister Ale & Sister Bevans|
|Elders Carter, Murdoch, & Malais|
|Sister Purcell & Sister Talakai|
|Sister Ale & Sister Bevans|
|Elders Dopp, Fullmer, & Murdoch in a role-play|
|Palau Zone May 2014|
Zone Conference was followed by the baptism of Hesila Kuroda, wife of Silmai Mad who was baptized just a few weeks ago. How sweet to see a newly ordained husband baptize his wife and see the joy in both their faces! We feel blessed to participate in ordinances and get to know new members of the church.
|Silmai & Hesila|
After all the Saturday meetings, we were able to spend extra time with the Mechams as we went to dinner and visited a couple of sites in Palau. They will complete their three-year mission the end of next month, so we are grateful for the extra moments we can share now. They will visit us one more time on June 9th as they make a whirlwind final tour of all the mission islands.
|President & Sister Mecham--our dear friends!|
We spent part of our preparation day at the local aquarium. It sits on a small peninsula with a beautiful view of some of the rock islands. Since most of the exhibits are outside, the setting made it even more spectacular, plus the variety of fish and other wild life helped us appreciate even more the beauty of our mission area.
|Sister Carter enjoying the breeze|
|Elder Carter looking for fish|
|Sister Carter standing on the peninsula|
Besides all of our regular missionary labors during the week, we also attended an additional zone conference on Thursday afternoon. Elder Fullmer and Elder Dopp reported all they had learned at the leadership meetings held in Guam, supported by Sister Purcell who also went to Guam. They reviewed how the Savior taught and encouraged us to follow his perfect example.
|Elder Fullmer & other missionaries in Guam|
|Elder Fullmer sharing his testimony in Guam|
This past Monday was a national holiday, Senior Citizen Day. We think Palau may be the only country to celebrate this holiday, and it’s a very big deal here. Many government and civic leaders had ads in the newspaper, the community college painted a sign, radio announcements reminded everyone of the day, plus several area events focused on the contributions of seniors. We have a hard time remembering that we’re senior citizens, but on this day it seemed okay because everyone ramped up respect and honor. We like it!
|Who's a senior?!|
Sunday morning Sister Carter received a call from the Primary president that she would be unable to make it to church since she had been at the hospital with her grandson all night. Sister Carter prepared a lesson, sharing time, and already had singing time ready. She invited Sister Mecham to join her, and together they made sure the Primary children had an opportunity to learn more about the scriptures and what they could do to be happy with their families.
After all the church meetings on Sunday, the ten younger missionaries and President and Sister Mecham came over to our apartment for a dinner of build-your-own burritos. Based on leftovers, it was a big success. We’re grateful for the time we spend with our missionaries, and they’re grateful for food and company. It’s a good mix!
|Carters & Mechams|
|Caught ya, Sister Bevans|
|Dinner with the zone|
|Our beautiful sisters|
|President Mecham with Sister Mecham working|
This is a rare time in our lives to serve the Lord and the people of Palau. We could not do it without the support of our family at home and hope you know how much we love you!