Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday was our turn for family night. It went well, and when I served dessert, Bruce said, “I think I am in trouble, I think I’m getting a kidney stone". He was pale and looked bad. By the time 10:00 came around he was in a lot of pain. The whole night he was up with pain. On Tuesday we visited the Doctor and he confirmed that he had a kidney stone. The pain came and went and to make a long story short, he had surgery on Saturday at 4:00 and we were home by Sunday afternoon. He is taking it easy and pretty sore but we will be out to our branches in Kilunga Hills soon.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Oh my goodness, it just has to stop raining. Every day we wake up to overcast skies and an overnight rainstorm. The rain will continue off and on through the day and then the sun comes out a little and then it clouds up in the late afternoon again. I know it is the rainy season but the tomatoes are rotting here and it is extremely muddy. It makes it hard to be perky. Well that was my grumble for the blog today. We have been blessed with safety in our travel and hopefully we will be able to make it up the path to Ilima on Friday. Our lessons are ready for tomorrow in Kyambeke and our lunches are made. I just had a bitter-lemon soda, which has become my weakness lately (no-caffeine however) and Bruce just had some popcorn and is reading his scriptures. Our laundry is all done and Consalata came and cleaned today so what is there to grumble about.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This week has been Young Women’s Training Meetings. As I met with each branches, we have discussed what is going well for them and what they would like to make better/improve. I had to revise my approach a little because I found that setting a goal wasn’t in their understanding. We then wrote three things they could do to help improve. Two branches chose reading the scriptures and two chose to work on Personal Progress. Sister Lucy, the branch president’s wife, was so courageous and admitted that all the past missionary couples had trained them in Personal Progress “but after a while we just drop it and do not work at it”. I tried to enforce that it was an inspired program for young women all around the world. She asked me to come and give more training to their branch. I have finally realized that missionary couples just have to be persistent and encourage them over and over and then the next couples come out and repeat it all over again. We finished our training with Blue Band/Margarine on bread sandwiches, (they love bread to them it is cake) and juice (like kool-aid but not cold), and went to teacher improvement class. I love these sweet ladies.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Today we stayed in Nairobi and I was able to go to the Women's Conference, the first in Kenya. Sister Wendy Nelson, President Russell M. Nelson's wife was the main speaker. We also heard from the Area Presidents wife and also Elder Carl B Cooks wife, (they lived in Plain City at one time). It was a wonderful morning and experience for me as I needed the words of encouragement and comfort. The priesthood leaders met in the morning and then the Area authorities and Elder Russell talked at a Young Single Adult meeting at 3:00.
This evening we were able to go to a very fancy dinner at the Serna Hotel. The area church office had made arrangement to invite officials and dignitaries from Kenya to attend the dinner and meet with the church leaders. A wonderful presentation and video was shown "Strong Families build Strong Nations. Elder Russell M. Nelson then talked and in a calm and very matter-of-fact way, summarizing the proclamation of the family. We were then led into a beautiful dining area and served a nice dinner. We were all seated by people we didn't know but by the end of the meal we had been able to connect with each other. Tomorrow Elder Nelson will speak at the Stake Conference here in Nairobi. We will leave early hoping we can get a seat. I don't know if Carl Cook will speak or not, he spoke at the priesthood session but he didn't come to the formal dinner. It has been a great day and again a great opportunity to be with an Apostle of the Lord and feel his spirit.
* We did get a seat and really enjoyed the Sunday Meeting. Dad and I both took notes during the meeting. He typed them up and we’d like to send them to our children. He told the members they would never prosper until they started to be honest tithing payers. He also told them of things they must teach their children. The members filled the chapel and the gym and they sang to him and his wife as they left outside. The Church in Kenya will continue to grow. I feel the world will see great things happen here.
That evening we were able to go to a very formal dinner with the "Big Names" This is Elder and Sister Lurf and Elder and Sister Byrd. The Bryds are leaving in 3 week and they have been such a ray of sunshine and comfort to us. We love them and will miss them deeply.