Saturday, June 22, 2013

Groundbreaking for New Chapel at Calaca (April 27,2013

I am trying to get some old pictures posted. As you can see these were April 27th, about two months ago. We drove with President and Sister Peterson to the groundbreaking in Calaca. It's about a 2 + hour drive if you don't encounter a funeral procession walking down one lane of the road which really backs up the two way traffic. An interesting tradition, kinda of a funeral parade right in the hiway in the middle of the day or whenever.
The Calaca branch currently meets in a rented meandering building. The members were so excited to qualify and be approved for a chapel.  They constructed a small roofed shelter with a raised platform for the rostrum. The crowd exceeded the capacity of the covered area. All was fine until as the last speaker was winding up (funny how winding could be pronounced like wind). Anyway the threatening storm that thus far had only flashed and rumbled let loose with a downpour sending all the folks crowding under the shelter. Nancy and I just opened our umbrellas and managed to stay seated and dry. Here are some of the pictures from the day.
 Above: Members under the shelter waiting to start. Below: the rostrum and leaders. We started aboutn an hour late. Seems to be the norm for lots of things. Travel is by public means and traffic can make the best intentioned planning go kaput.

 Above: the powwow before the meeting...l-r local sister, Nancy, Sister Pererson, Sister Wagner. Below the missionaries from the zone. A good group. Elder Wagner to my right is the other half of the senior couple in this area. They head home in August...vacancy available.

 Above: President Peterson with a counselor in the District Presidency. Below: Sister Peterson with our current AP's Elder Pasqua (l), Elder Burton (c). Notice the nice ribbon and paper "medallions" made by the members to celebrate the occasion.

 Above: Here we are huddled under the umbrellas. Never had much use for them in AZ. Below: After the rain stopped, the traditional shovels and hardhats came out and everyone wanted in on the act, including Sister H


  1. Way to go, sister Hansen! Remember the ground breaking ceremony we attended together of the St. Louis temple? So happy that they are going to get their own chapel!

  2. We love you guys and are praying for you always! Sorry we have not corresponded before now, we promise to do better! We are so proud of you and love seeing you love the people and serve the Lord. Thank you for being such great examples to us! Zoe and Sadie kept writing cute messages to you and I had troubles posting. They will write next time after I figure this out!