Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Aliens have landed.....and they taste good!

The planet Rambu was recently located by interrogating the invading aliens therefrom. It was learned that the aliens call themselves Rambutans (ram-boo-tawns). They come in droves from the end of July to mid September. The hairy little fellas taste quite good, but often cover themselves with ants for protection. Below is a captive about to be made into a tasty snack. 
  The red spiny looking skin is quite pliable and has the texture of an orange. You just push your thumb into it and peel it back, exposing the white eyeball looking fruit inside.
 The fruit pops right out.
 Here are several Rambutons ready for eating. they are sweet, texture kind of like a grape, they have a large pit. The flavor is distinct, mild but tasty. You know it is very difficult to describe a new taste.

Some carcasses.

Monday, July 15, 2013

In and Out Missionaries

This post is about our transfer week of July 1-4 which started with the batch of 6 departing missionaries arriving at the mission home Sunday evening July 1. They are a great group of missionaries. They received some training on Monday, a FHE and Tuesday they were off to Manila to attend the temple, and then to the hotel for the night before their Wednesday departures via plane or bus. l-r Elder Garnica (Philippines), Sister Pajarin (Philippines), Sister Sagaysay (Philippines), Elder Tamale (Tonga), President & Sister Peterson, Elder Johnson (Idaho US), Elder Yost (Virginia US)
 This is Elder Yost with us. He was our first office Elder and saved our bacon on many occasions. I really admired his desire to be obedient. He was very kind and patient with us old ones.
 Here they are boarding the bus for Manila. E. Johnson waving, E. Tamale after a final hug from Sister Peterson

Here is the incoming batch of 28 (1 was delayed and not in the photo) I would name them all but there are so many. They were a great group. 17 Sisters and 11 Elders. Origins include the California, Utah, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Kirabati, and Philippines.
 Below: the sisters are having a quick Relief Society meeting to discuss how they are going to take over the mission! joke-lang.  It's just before breakfast in the Mission home.

 Above: Loading up the jeepney with sisters headed for the hotel. First time for most of them. Below: Ready to roll. The foreign missionaries were really worn out and out of synch since this is their first day after the long flight from the US. The time difference from SLC is +14 hours.
We drove these two sisters, Sister Basa (left) and her brand new companion Sister Hellewell to their new apartment in Tayabas. They had so much luggage, we barely got it and them into the car. It was a fun 2 hour drive with them. We only got lost a little.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of Snap, Crackle or Pop

 Our hamburger feast l-r E. Howes, E. Pasqua, S Peterson, Pres Peterson, me, E. Burton; Below E. Burton and his double bacon pineapple burger...mmmmm

Things are different in the Philippines, Episode 4 - Well we just pretty much work away every day being busy with many good things. This is good because you don't get bogged down with missing family, home and the good ol' USA. But, today is the 4th of July and there aren't any fireworks! and seeing fake ones on the internet just is not quite the same. We grilled some burgers with the missionaries and the Petersons and had potato salad and other good stuff. That was fun....but no booms, flashes, or colored sparklies in the sky. Really missed home today. You can see our fireworks in the pictures below.................................................yea, that's just what we saw...nuttin' !