|The setting of our hotel|
|Two cute old people...|
|Brenda and Randy walking down a little path leading to a souvenir shop-notice the dense foliage|
|These are wild poinsettias..they are everywhere and HUGE!!!!|
I have lived MANY years and have never, for as long as I can remember, seen such breath-taking sights as we saw last Monday in Banaue. If you google it, you will discover it is the 8th Wonder of the World and now, I know why. It was absolutely gorgeous and it was not even the best time to be going. You can see the rice terraces in the picture above and in the spring [April and May] all of those areas that are currently mud [waiting to be planted] will be lime green with new seedlings. We hope to go back then and see it in it's height of beauty. Another senior couple has been assigned to our mission and will be coming in February so we will probably take a road trip so they can enjoy the splendor.
|A short history lesson...|
|A native ritual dance|
|Randy and our new friend-Randy is the one on the right!!|
|Ifugao woman in their typical resting pose|
Last Friday we had our first of many Christmas Devotional's scheduled in the next few weeks. Upon our arrival in August, I learned of Brenda's desire to give this opportunity to the Stakes and Districts in this area and because we have written and produced many events together in our former lives, I think she was just laying in wait for me to come. I am not the front man but I am a great supporter!! Together, we gathered our scriptures, a computer and within a few hours, had a great one hour production. It took another morning to gather the costumes but both of us have, in our young families, done the nativity so the costuming was not complicated, just a challenge here in the Philippines, to find the items we needed. The groundskeeper at the mission home even provided a staff for the shepherd from a nearby tree! I wish you could have seen the faces of the members as they filed into the chapel and saw the missionaries on the stand, some dressed in their costumes, and heard, for the first time in their lives a quartet singing acapella!!! Everything went off without a hitch and I think it turned out great! Our second one is tonight, another tomorrow afternoon in all, we have 6-7 planned. An interesting side note-the District President, upon welcoming the audience [some were members and many were just friends who were not of our faith] said history was made that night-NEVER in the past have they had any program of this kind. Both Brenda and I were so touched by that but saddened that nobody had thought to provide such an evening for these great saints. Well, people, this will be one of two because we will definitely do something again next year.
|Elder Bangal and Elder Williamson [shepherd and king]|
|Missionary Choir during their pre-performance practice|