Well we have survived our 1st typhoon. Typhoon Lando or Koophu hit land last night as a category 4 super typhoon. We had about 3 feet of rain, and heavy wind. Besides loosing our electricity and some palm tree branches the mission home didn’t suffer any damage. We drove to church today and saw the river was flooding, lots of tree damage and some flooding. Over all it wasn’t too bad. People seemed to take it is stride, and just went to work cleaning up.
General Conference is a week behind the States here on this side of the date line, so we won’t be able to watch it till next weekend. So today we attended our assigned Branch for the first time. It was a great experience. The members were excited to greet us. Their testimonies were wonderful even though we only understood part of them as they spoke in a combination of English and Togolic. But we felt of their love for the Gospel, and our Father in Heaven, and their desire to learn all they can about the Church. Our chapel is about 30 minutes away, but the drive is through the countryside, with rice fields and farms. Reminded us of home, with the West Warren farms.
We are looking forward to getting to know the new Apostles and to hear them speak.
We finally had a day that we could get away from the office and take a drive into the countryside. It was interesting to see how the rice is harvested. This farmer has a small combine, but most do it all by hand. The Caribou, pronounced like Caribow, are used for moving loads. We saw them working almost everywhere. It seems like everything here is done by hand. It is typical to see ladies doing the laundry at the river, or in town by hand in the driveway. then hang it on whatever is available. We are lucky that we do have an automatic washer and dryer, Thank goodness.
We have a General Authority visiting our mission in October and we will be accompanying him as we show him around the mission. That will be exciting to be able to spend 3 days with he and his wife.
Being here sure makes us thankful for the blessing we take for granted by living in Utah and America. It would be nice if all Americans could experience first hand how so many of the people around the world live every day working just to survive.
Our testimonies of the truthfulness of the Gospel have grown, And we thank our Heavenly Father for this opportunity.