August 29 - It was exactly one year ago today that we flew into Salt Lake City and were met by the most beautiful family in the world. It wasn't planned--but we met our youngest granddaughter for the first time and my mother, Betty Wood, was there to greet us too. It seems like only yesterday, but so much has happened in the past year.
Doctor appointments; Mother's cancer diagnosis; Elbow replacement surgery; physical therapy; Mother's last month with us; her sweet, peaceful death and burial; more physical therapy; happy times with the grandchildren; disappointment with elbow recovery; holidays with the family; return to Africa, etc. etc. etc.
I am usually the one taking pictures, so today I had a picture taken of me. I am getting a bit older--more wrinkles (I like to call them laugh lines) and I regained all the weight I lost after the accident and surgery. Time for another haircut.
We are enjoying the people who attend our English classes on Wednesdays and Sundays. Many are not members of the Church. We hope that through our class they will welcome the missionaries to teach them the gospel. Some of them already know some English. Some learned a little English in school; others were in the English classes Sister Cook taught here while on her mission. They are eager to learn and very appreciative of the time we take with them. Our 1 1/2 hour class stretches to at least 2 hours and a bit more. For the more advanced we are using the Liahona magazine to read from in English. They also have been given a French copy of the same month so when they are reading at home they can refer to the French if they don't know what the words mean.
August 31 - Morning walk by the lake and the small hyper pisaro.
|Reflection of the sunrise in the window of the restaurant|
5 Missionaries are departing for home. Their successful missions completed.
September 1 - Walked over by the large power lines and continued way down the road. Elder Peterson has run this route before with the other Petersons but I had never been so far down the road.
There were many bricks stacked up ready to be fired.
|Mother hen and her chicks|
|Wood ready to feed the fire for the bricks|
|Metal trusses for the roof|
|Strip mall waiting for occupants|
We are not sure if these are ponds for raising fish.
|Unstable bridge we had to cross|
|Possible fish ponds|
A long brick wall is being built all along one side of the trail we were walking. As we approached a main road we saw this gate. Apparently it is going to be a developed housing area when it is finished.
|A few homes already exist inside|
|Smashed puddle jumper????|
Baptism at the Gecamines 2 Ward. Yolande and Socrates attend our English class.
|Lucien, Yolande, Socrates, and Yancey|
|With the Sister Missionaries who taught them|
|With the missionaries and President & Sister Shumard|
|Elder Bleak, Sister Peterson, Lucien, Elder Peterson|
|Yancey with his mother and his siblings.|
|Beatrice and her children|
|Jeremie and Gracia and their daughter - new investigators|
|Two sisters who came to church for the first time|
|Sœur Bendicte and her son|
Yolande and Lucien were confirmed today. Yancey came to church too late, and Socrates never did come.
|Yolande and Sister Conteh|
|Sister Lokana, Yolande, Sister Conteh|