Sunday, November 22, 2015

Senior Conference November 2015

Elder Cox is now an Assistant to President Herrington.  We had the wonderful opportunity to work with Elder Cox in Tobago and St. Vincent.  I love this young man and am always glad to see his happy smile.  He is an amazing young man and I wish I had a daughter to line him up with.  He was proud of his sandwich wrap tower.  The beautiful kitchen of the mission home is pictured in the background.  
 Any time we go to the mission home we are always well taken care of.  Sister Herrington and President Herrington are a great team, working together in everything they do.

 One of best parts of senior conference is to share stories and laugh at all the memorable experiences we have had while serving a mission.
 Sister Richmond (in the yellow shirt) celebrated her birthday with us.  She and her husband serve on the French side of the mission in Guadeloupe.  Elder Broadbent, the other assistant to the President, takes care of the French side of the mission and during the conference was the Richmond's interpreter.  Elder and Sister Clawson also are on the French side in St. Martin.  Brother Clawson handles anything involving cars in the mission.  Sister Clawson (pink shirt) is the medical person for our mission and the Trinidad and Tobago mission.  She is one busy lady getting calls all hours of the day from missionaries with sickness, allergies, broken name it, she handles it.  She is amazing.  
Elder and Sister Horne serve in St. Lucia.  They are standing in front of a simple water filtration system used when George Washington visited Barbados.  As one of our excursions we visited the home George Washington stayed in with his brother who had tuberculosis.  While George Washington was in Barbados, he contracted small pox.  Barbados claims that getting sick here changed his career because he had immunity from the disease when many soldiers were dying from small pox during the Revolutionary War.  The Hornes have the largest group of missionaries on an island in the mission, 24 missionaries right now.  Brother Horne is also the branch president in their branch.  This is their second mission.  They served in Brazil about 10 years ago.  
 Another Excursion we did was the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.  2:00 p.m. was feeding time at the Reserve and we got there just in time for the show.  We were all thrilled to watch the turtles, deer, monkeys and chickens sharing dinner.  The reserve workers said that all the food would be gone in a couple of hours.  We also saw snakes, exotic birds, giant iguanas, caiman and peacocks.

 The monkeys were so close and were not bothered by us except when someone tried to pet them and then they would bare their teeth.
Elder and Sister Monk are the couple in Grenada.  They are in their 70's and this is their first mission.  Brother Monk shared how he lost his voice to cancer just like President Kimball.  The only difference in his surgery was that President Kimball's cancer was cut off, thus losing his voice.  Elder Monk's cancer was removed using a laser, leaving him with a soft voice.  What a wonderful couple.  We walked with them on the board walk until midnight on Wednesday to see if we could see a turtle laying her eggs.
 .......with President and Sister Herrington.  
 There are 6 couples serving in the Barbados Mission right now.  Within the next three months all except the Clawsons will return home.  There is a great need for Senior couples in our mission.
 I love moss.  This place was the coolest.  
 Elder and Sister Turner extended their mission to 23 months and will finish in two weeks.  They have  literally organized the new mission office, working in the mission office for the last 6 months.  They started from nothing and have equipped the mission office, worked with country officials to get the new mission going.  It has been a headache every single day with constant problems with immigration and finances.  We will truly miss them.  Their shoes will be hard to fill.
Elder and Sister and medical gurus.  
 Elder and Sister Richmond
Walk along the beach and doing silly stuff!  Even seniors can be goofy!

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