Wednesday, January 5, 2011

December 2010 memories

Elder Hill's two fine "sons" that he trained - Elder Fu'e (just freshly returned from Lae) and Elder Fa'alogo who returned from Ebon a few months ago.  Elder Hill just came back from the outer island of Jaluit one week before he was to return home after serving 2 great years in the Marshall Islands.
An Advent refreshment table at the Patterson's (Dec. 12th).
Elder Hill lighting the candles on December 19th.
JoJo and I wanted our picture taken - this was the second attempt, because after Elder Fa'alogo took the first one, he very quietly said, "I think we should take another." So we posed for this one above. 
When he handed us the camera back, we asked him why he had to take another.  He didn't answer, so we looked at the first photo:
Oh, my. We burst out laughing.
The last Sunday before Christmas, December 19th, at the Patterson's.

Sister Tuimoala, Sister Shaw, Sister Hansen, Sister Teichert, Sister Sahm anticipating Christmas - the Shaws will be in Kiribati.

Elder Hill will be in Washington with his family for Christmas - you gave a lot of love - take some home with you.

The Jepta practice for the Long Island Primary - Laurie taught them the descant part for "Christmas Bells" - they picked it up SO quickly.
Another rehearsal - all the children did exceptionally well, but my favorites were the two little boys who played the first notes and the last notes:
They played exactly in rhythm and were intent the whole song, starting everyone off and bringing it to a close.

December 24th was a day to practice our mission Jepta dance at the Stake Center, then go over to the Mission Home for dinner, watch the President and Sister Shaw's video of "The Forgotten Carols", have a tie and necklace exchange, and depart back to work with new crockpots, crockpot recipes, leftover rolls and meat, and a bag of treats from the Shaws (who spent Christmas in Kiribati).
I ended up being in charge the whole day (I kept wondering how I was in charge with all the Senior missionaries and Assistants and Zone Leaders around), so there aren't a lot of pictures.  Sister Hewstone and I were in charge of the dinner, I was in charge of the Jepta practice, but I finally got smart and delegated the tie and necklace exchange to the Elders since I had no idea how to play it.
More candid shots after we are all full of good food, a thoughtful video, a promise of good crockpot meals and of talking to our families and of Jepta tomorrow on Christmas Day.
Back out into the bright equatorial sunshine and heat...
Elder Sanchez, Elder Moimoi, Elder Edwards, Elder Fu'e, Elder Bulloch, Elder Taylor

THE BEAT:  JEPTA!  Christmas 2010
Here they come!
Ward by Ward there are dances and songs all day long and into the night...
Here's a sampling:
And so ends Jepta, 2010, at the Majuro Stake Center - the epitome of wholesome family recreational activity - read Hymn # 51, the first three verses, and you will see that the Marshallese have it right...

Amima Alik, a respected priesthood leader in the Marshall Islands.  A great celebration draws to a close.

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