Our highlight of the day was a visit from our dear friend from home, Daren Shumway, who was in Puerto Rico on business! He drove out of his way to visit with us for a few minutes.
24 September 2010
Living in Lehi for so many years we have seen quite a variety of horse trailers. There are luxury multi-horse trailers, the very basic well-used trailers and the old run down, barely still useable ones. But today driving down the road in Puerto Rico we saw something we have never seen before and thought, "Who needs a horse trailer anyway?"
19 September 2010
Every Tuesday at 6:30 am we have our district meetings in Luquillo, a 20 min drive from our apartment. We enjoy meeting with the Elders in our district.
Sister Button & Elders Button, Simons, Harvey, Nuauhi, Udall, Losee and Francis
September in Puerto Rico is known for tropical storms, so yes, we had plenty of rain this week. September is also the season for avocados (aguacates) and annonas. Yum!!!
Our friend Bethsaida made arepas for us - delicious!
For preparation day we drove to the veterans hospital in San Juan to visit Manuel, our friend from Vieques
Hurrican Igor created tremendous waves that made our ride on the ferry to and from Vieques very jumpy, but the Lord blessed us and we didn't get seasick!
09 September 2010
Do you ever feel that you have really sacrificed to obey the Lord's commandments and that you are giving all you can to demonstrate your commitment to God? To be completely candid, we confess that we may have fallen into some self-righteous pride in that regard in the past. But we have been humbled by the family in this picture - the Dicksons.
The Dicksons are members of the Fajardo branch who live on the island of Culebra. They have callings and attend church every week in Fajardo. If you go to a map you'll see that Culebra is several miles off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. To attend church that starts at 9:00 am on Sunday, the Dicksons have to catch the ferry boat in Culebra at 6:30 am. (Just imagine when they have to arise to get themselves ready and prepared for the day.) The ferry ride lasts an hour and a half, and the seas aren't always smooth. So they arrive at the dock in Fajardo about 8:00 am and then have to walk about a mile to the chapel. Although church lets out at noon, the next available ferry doesn't leave until 3:00 pm but often it runs later than that. So the Dicksons bring their food and make lunch in the kitchen of the church and wait until it is time to walk back to the ferry. You'll note from the picture that the Dicksons have a newborn baby, about a month old in this picture. Mother and baby started making the trip about about a month after the birth.
What are people with this type of commitment and faith capable of doing with the Lord's help? The story continues with the next picture -
This picture is of Ray and Nick, also from Culebra. They are investigators of the church who will be baptized in early October. The Dicksons invited them to come to church with them and they accepted...clear back in January of 2010! Almost every week since then these two young men attend church making the trip with the Dicksons. In addition, they are taking seminary from Sister Dickson during the week in Culebra.
So the next time we start to think that attending church, sharing the gospel with our friends, or anything else the Lord askes us to do is too much of a sacrifice, let's remember these magnificent people...and humbly follow their example.