September 9th we welcomed President and Sister Hamula from the Pacific Area Presidency to our island - that evening we hosted a dinner for them and for the Stake Presidency and their wives and for our honored guest, His Excellency, the President of the Marshall Islands, President Jurlang Zedkaia.
It was the first time that a General Authority from our Church and the President of the Marshall Islands had met together in one of our buildings. It was hosted in the High Council Room and we serve the meal from the Stake President's office.
President Hamula presented President Zedkaia with a Family Values statuette, a copy of Baamle Eo (the Proclamation on the Family), the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet, and...
...a DVD of one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas programs on Temple Square, to which the president replied, "Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Number One!"
Zone Conferenc on the 10th was incredible - incredible to be all together again (except for the Lae and Ebeye Elders and Sisters), incredible to be taught by each other and by our new President and his wife and by Elder Hamula and his wife, who have also been a Mission President and Companion.
Forty-eight hours earlier, as our president came back to the office after picking up the Hamulas at the airport, he commented "He's a tall drink of water..." Our Elders are all trying to stand taller, in more ways than the obvious, after his visit.
The outer island Elders at dinner (above) and in Primary (below) - they are most comfortable sitting on the floor. I am confident that the Elders on the couches would love to be where Elder Amram is, on the floor sitting cross-legged, to eat their dinner. (Elder Amram, Waqatairewa, Kimbar, Christensen, Bulloch, Fa'alogo)
The Elders immaculate apartment in Arrak - to my granddaughters - does this remind you of Sleeping Beauty?...Make it blue...Make it pink!
For the Marshall Islands Cultural Week there was a Marshallese Weaving Cultural Restoration Auction that Sister Christensen and the Davidsons and I attended. I came away with this wonderful mat done by a student of this master weaver from Ailinglaplap.
9/24-25 - Humanitarian Service Project spearheaded by the Davidsons: paint the entrance foyer of the Majuro Hospital - missionaries and YSA's were the helping hands.