Monday, July 26, 2010

Trip Home to the USA!

We left the beautiful people and land of St. Vincent, headed for two days in Trinidad, on July 14th, 2010. Cortney was to fly out after us and ended up flying before us (and her plane grounded her in Barbados overnight!!); our plane had all kinds of problems and we flew out late and then only to a nearby Grenadine Island for the night....hmmmm! It was a lovely island and a lovely airport; but, limited us to one day in Trinidad. We were able to enjoy church with our friends of the Arima Branch though.

Our plane awaiting!

St. Vincent Flag--

Leaving our home on the hill--

St. Vincent from the air!! Awesome Experience!!

Little island we landed on for an "unplanned" overnight stay...

From Trinidad, we flew to Arizona first. We had a great welcoming committee of Trent's family, Ron & Dorothy Moore, Angela, Marissa and their babies, and Curt.

Waiting for us in Joan's garage! We knew then that our mission was completed!

We visited Joyce's Dad, Ron Jolley and then flew to another homecoming in Salt Lake City!

All the kids and grand kids and banners!

There are more pictures and some day we will post them. What an awesome family we have! AND what an awe-inspiring mission we had the privilege of serving to the people in the West Indies. The 23 month experience went by quite quickly.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tab, Cherene, and Cortney Come!

Our last two weeks of our mission were blessed with the visit from family!! We loved showing them where we were: the country, the people, beautiful waters, and flowers. (Look at the blog sideline for most of the pictures.) Following are just a few of the favorites:

We loved having them come and share our island experience on St. Vincent!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Solina Edwards Baptism- Kingstown

Elder Scott and Elder Dyson were able to present the gospel to Sister Edwards and she accepted the step of baptism; she has a beautiful testimony. Elder Scott had already left for home and was not able to be here; but Sister Edwards expressed fondness for his efforts and love. Our Grand-daughter Cortney was able to attend with us on Saturday afternoon, July 10, 2010. Brother Gary Adams performed the baptism; it is always more meaningful when a member of the branch baptizes and helps in the teaching.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hiking the North West Mountain Area

Monday, July 5th, 2010, the Elders went on a hike with the Kingstown Branch; it was Carnival Monday and so to avoid that was a good thing (!) They hiked quite a ways into beautiful country, ate lunch and just enjoyed. We grabbed a few pictures of their outing so that their parents could see them. Gorgeous! ..........Elder Dyson .............Elder Scott (travels home this transfer--Wednesday).

Along the way--

Some of the branch members....

Sister Charles, Sister Moses and President Baynes

Brother Moses and his mother, Sister John

New companions this coming transfer: Elder Tyau and Elder Dyson

Tough guys! Finished the hike!

As we find more pictures, we will add to this post. They had a great time together; and were able to mingle more with the Kingstown Branch members.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Judie Quammie's Baptism

On June 30, 2010 (Wednesday), we were able to witness the baptism of Judie Quammie in the waters of Calliaqua Bay. Elders Jones and Buhler helped teach her the lessons of the gospel and she was blessed with the spirit of knowing it was true; President Robertson baptized her. Here she is with Sister Joseph waiting; she was at the church gate quite early and excited for this day!

And in her baptismal clothing with Elder Buhler and Elder Jones--the view in the background is, off the Calliaqua Branch Driveway, overlooking the beach where we baptize. Elders Noah and Henry joined the group.

And yes, they can be crazy!

With President Robertson.....

After the program--heading down to the waters!

Some of my favorite pictures!

Elder Henry...................Elder Jones with Sister Judie

On our way out!

The Williams family was waiting on the porch when we arrived back to the church. She is our new Relief Society President and will be very conscientious and loving.

These are the special moments that we will treasure all our lives!