This is a fun little island attached to Bohol. We go with the missionaries sometimes to visit in this area.
Our Calape Branch had a special temple day on February 14th. We picked these precious sisters up at 5:00 a.m. to meet the ferry at 6:00 so we could be on the 9:00 session. The Sister in the purple is Sister Neuva and she is 80 years old. She came down the road on the back of a motorbike to meet us at 5:00 a.m. I don't think she slept all night. The sister next to her is 74. Such faithful sisters. They so appreciated the ride to the ferry. I think they go to the temple about twice a year. It was a wonderful day.
We are waiting at the pier for the ferry. The sister by me is single, Sister Ligaya Bagio. She led the singing for our choir, is the District Young Single Adult leader. Wonderful sister. Is a good cook and cooks for our district meetings etc. The Sister in the grey shirt is our Relief Society President. Married to a white man and she speaks English very well. She and her husband are temple workers as well as everything else. All of these sisters speak English quite well. The Sister holding her fingers up has 5 children and her husband works abroad. I think she sees him once a year or something like that. You wouldn't believe where she lives. I think she does have electricity but they always look so nice. She has taken a class to learn how to sew. It is such a slow process. They get a machine if they take a 12 week course and complete the class which she did. We carried her machine through rain and mud. I don't know how they survive.
We made it to the church and this is our dear sister walking in.
Taking pictures before the baptism. It took both of the Elders to baptize Sister Reymunda. It was really difficult getting her in the water and then getting her down and up. An experience I will never forget.
President and Sister Tanner came over for our District Conference. They had to get a van from the Elders so they surprised us and came to the baptism. They just loved it.
Getting in the truck to go home. Sister Tanner asked if she could go with us to take her home. I told her no, there wasn't room. She climbed in anyway and was in the back of the truck bumping along with the Sister Missionaries. She had on this light colored skirt and she really was on her way to conference but it didn't bother her any. She loved the experience.
We are out of the truck going to start up a trail to where she lives. I couldn't believe she could make it because it was quite a way in the jungle and we were stepping over all kinds of things.
This is her home and her son who is 50 and gay.
This is her CR - comfort room or better known as bathroom.
This picture makes it look big but it isn't.
Another day we went with the Elders. These are her two youngest daughters. The one in red is in the 3rd grade and the other one is 4th grade. They don't live there because they don't like the man. I guess the mother was mean to them so they are a little afraid of her now. They just come and visit. We are so sad about it all. We have talked with the branch president. We give her a little food. We took her some glasses because she said her eyes were bad and she couldn't read. We later learned that she doesn't know how to read.
We told her about conference and the Elders told her we wanted her to come and she surprised us and came. Afterwards she and the sister missionaries came over to our place and ate along with President and Sister Tanner. She can't talk to us but the Sister Missionaries are a huge blessing to us. I think she enjoyed it. I sent her home with food not realizing until later that she wouldn't have anywhere to put it. Oh well, I hope she didn't just feed the boyfriend and I mostly hope she know we love her.
It was an interesting experience. I learned a lot. I think they did a good job. It was our first conference. A lot of people came. Norm and I both spoke. That was harder than being in charge of all the music. I played on an electronic piano. I tried my best to make it sound pretty. There is an organ button and a piano button. The volume is controlled by another button but you have to take your hands off and change it. Well, all in all, it was ok.
I loved listening to President Tanner. He is truly an inspired Mission President. It is such a blessing to be with him and Sister Tanner. The other speakers took too much time and there was only 15 minutes left for the two of them. Sister Tanner took 2 minutes and President Tanner packed a lot into 10 minutes. It was a privilege to have them in our home to eat afterwards.
This has taken way too long and I don't have time to proof - so hope it makes sense. Love you all!