There are SO many advantages to being a friend to Sister Carlos!! She is, without any competition in MY lifetime, the most creative, energetic, and enthusiastic person I have EVER met. Together we have pulled off many amazing feats..and had many laughs in the meantime. Last week was another of her brainchildren that all of us senior missionaries helped her to accomplish with Faith Factor.
Back in her other life, she was a reality show junkie...she is the one who got me addicted to The Amazing Race and Survivor along with The Apprentice, Project Runway....etc. Well, remember Fear Factor???? That was the basis for our activity/training day with our elders and sisters. Because of the numbers, she divided the mission into three 'groups' of Zones and they gathered in the building closest to their area. They self divided into four groups, Omni, Himni, Aaron and Ammon. Those of you who are Latter-day Saints will recognize those names as the four son's of Mosiah. Sister gave a little background on those four young warriors and then the activities began.
We didn't invite them to come until after lunch but were finished by 3:30, allowing them to return to their areas and get 'back to work!' We [us Senior Couples] planned and executed the challenges and also helped with the questions that were like a scripture chase...Sister Carlos called it 'Preach My Gospel Chase' and she is correct...I was amazed at the speed some of these missionaries could locate things in that book! It was amazing!!
|Sister Carlos explaining the rules..|
|Elder Jackson and Elder Cajumbun [the Assistant's to the President] were the emcees of the day.|
|They are trying to devour a pie plate of whipped cream..|
|Elder Griffin trying to balance a tub, bowl and rag.|
|Elder Smith did a great job-a little cockeyed but he accomplished the task|
|Elder Lundy is concentrating so hard and being cheered on by his team|
|Elder Oliver and Elder McGuffin trying to eat soda crackers FAST!!|
|Get chewing Elder Oliver!! Elder Dixon is ahead of you in the bubble challenge..|
|Elder Hamblin and Elder Fry trying to eat the can of sardines and the rice...yuck!!|
Elder and Sister Laker arrived in the mission the middle of February and have not missed a beat in their training. When the Breeses were leaving, President needed to find a replacement for them in the office. Randy and I were actually trained in the MTC to be the office couple our last year here but President decided he didn't want to change our assignment, giving us more time to work with members, leaders and complete the training in the Roxas District that we have started. When the Lakers arrived, he interviewed them and after considering their backgrounds and experience, decided to have the Breeses train them to take over the office responsibilities for their 23 month mission. Being the intelligent people that they are, they picked up the tasks in record time and have just stepped in. Well, Sister Laker celebrated her birthday last Sunday and we had a little party for her-Sister Carlos had Sweet Nothin's [you remember the Cookie Monster cake for Elder Shaner's birthday?] design a cake for her-she LOVES flowers and they did a great job in making the perfect cake for this sweet lady.
|Sister Laker and her basket of flowers cake|
|Sister Breese, Laker, Russell, me and Carlos showing our new bags.|
|The Breeses at the airport, just minutes before boarding their final leg of their mission.|