After the MTC, we flew to Hawaii for training at BYUH. We are training to bring the International Teacher Education Program to Micronesia. This program has been successful in helping teachers gain more education classes and to bring new ideas to their classrooms in Polynesia. We hope to bring some of the same concepts to classrooms in Chuuk. We have met with several staff members here and are gaining a vision of the why, what, and how of the program. We were able to attend the Polynesian Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon and evening.

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The weather has been warm and humid but really beautiful. That should help us prepare for Chuuk. Brother Bailey has been a wonderful host and mentor. We are learning a lot in a short time. We ran into a missionary, Shane Stewart, (no close relation) who had been in Chuuk. He was kind enough to add to our vocabulary of Chuukeese words or phrases. We will be practicing these for next week.

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Boats representing each island group allow the audience to watch and hear music and dancing from each of those island groups.

Notice the young man in the water in the middle picture. He was the one pushing the boat along using a pole. The guys on his raft rocked the boat so hard that he went into the water. He didn’t think it was quite as funny as they thought it was



We met the Andersons who were working at the PCC. They knew Lewis and Brenda Sharp in Elko.

We also met a man who was visiting from Nepal. His home is in Kathmandu. He was interested in the fact that we would go from Nevada to Chuuk to share Christ and to teach teachers. He works for the United Nations in his country and shared with us that he has had a feeling that he needs to do something more to help those in need in his country and elsewhere. We emailed him this morning with an invitation to learn more about this organization known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is not an ordinary man. We pray he will respond. Does the church even have missionaries in Nepal?


September Speeds By

The month of September completely got away from us. We were able to do so many things in such a short time that we didn’t take time to take photos, let alone post anything. Now that we are at the MTC we finally were able to squeeze out a few moments of time for a post.

August 31 we spoke in Alamo Ward. On September 14 we spoke in Mesquite 7th Ward. Lots of family attended and we had a meal and visit afterward. It was a great occasion and we want to thank everyone for being there.

In September I finished my census work and narrowly missed being a part of the I-15 flooding. We had Lorna’s mom stay with us for about 10 days and really enjoyed the visit. We enjoyed spending time with Taura, Scott, and Cameron for Taura’s birthday.

We attended soccer and football games with grandkids and were impressed with their skills.

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Tyson has had a good soccer season.  We delivered a few items to Rick and Kristi and enjoyed the kids while we were there.

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We had some great devotionals at the MTC.                     Logan showing off at Jack’s practice.

Thanks to Taura and Tawna, we were able to get moved out of our condo on time. We went to Alamo on the 20th for Vaughn and Arda’s 50th. It was wonderful to visit with old friends.

The training here at the MTC has been wonderful. The spirit is so strong. The young Elders and sisters are amazing. It has been a special treat to be here for General Conference weekend.