Do you think we will both fit on that dot at the same time???
|Just a few of the 80 Senior Missionaries that arrived the same day we did. |
Tomorrow they are expecting an additional 121 new ones!
Many of these Seniors are on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th missions :)
They are going everywhere from Central Asia to Hawaii.
We have also met several young people who are headed off to Samoa in a couple of weeks. They stay longer to learn the language. Brent and I are trying to learn the language with the help of a computer program. It's quite comical! So far we know how to say "O i ma ua o ni faife' autala i o Iesu Keriso." Translated that is "We are missionaries of Jesus Christ." We also know a few words, but it is very difficult. It is amazing that these young people are here for 9 weeks to learn their new language and then sent off to preach the gospel.
Yesterday we had a bit of a break for the 4th of July. We spent the afternoon playing 5 Crowns with another couple, the Harringtons from Idaho, who are headed to the Philippines (They served their first mission in Hong Kong). In the evening Brent and I had tickets to the Freedom Festival at the BYU Stadium. Montel Williams was the emcee. He told some inspiring stories of heroes today and there was a beautiful tribute to the Armed Forces. Two black hawk helicopters flew over along with three vintage planes, which was very exciting. Four paratroopers, streaming flags, managed perfect landings in the middle of the stadium. The rock group "Journey" was the headliner and there were several other huge productions numbers including a display of what happens to 1500 bottles of Coke when you drop Mentos in them - quite a spectacular mess and a real contrast to the rest of the week! The finale of course were the fireworks that went on for at least 20 minutes with hardly a break. I love this country!