Sunday, July 29, 2012
head, shoulders, knees,and toe, eyes, ears, mouth and nose ( using the primary song), did a review and each bore our testimonies in Fijian. Sister Wells was having some health problems and had several doctor appointments during our week at the MTC. It was thought that she had gall stones, but it turned out to be a
complication from a hernia operation she had in June. She was operated on Friday and then they had to go back home for 3 weeks while Joyce recovers from her surgery. They will then fly straight to Fiji. The challenge for them is that several families are living in the upstairs and basement of their home so they may have to head up to their cabin to recouperate. The MTC was a great experience but I think we've gained 10 pounds because we always seemed to be eating and going to classes!
Our room was in the perfect spot with the vending and ice machines just outside our door and a work out room and large scale to check the weight on our luggage next to it and everything in our luggage was under the weight limit, yes! Saturday we left for the airport excited to begin our adventure, not realizing that it must have been "trouble with the air conditioning day" We were seated on our Delta plane and the Stewardess announced they were having some trouble with the air conditioning, a loud noisy machine would be fixing it, but they wouldn't be able to run the air until we took off which was about 40 minutes late. At least that took some time off our 5 hour wait in the LA airport. For our Air Pacific flight they told us they charged for the number of pieces of luggage and charged us near;ly $200.00, but we were able to get reimbursed for some of the charge by the church. In L A, we went to buy some dinner and discovered that a lot of other passengers had the same idea and there were no tables available. Richard went to buy some dinner and I managed to snag a small round table. I saw an asian family looking for somewhere to sit and motioned to them to use part of our table. Their daughter spoke a little English and said they were from Bejing. I pointed to my badge and explained a little about our church and she translated for her parents. They were so gracious and I showed them a small photo album of our family I had in my carry on bag. We exchanged emails and talked a little about temples since I know that's a part of their culture. They were very sweet.
When it was finally time to board we were loaded on a standing only bus and bused to a ramp by our plane. We entered the plane and climbed some stiars to the second level and got comfortable. It was starting to get warm when the stewardess announced they were having some difficulty with the air conditioning and thanked us for our patience. They passed out ice water to everyone and then came around with cold juice before announcing that the ramp to the plane was malfunctioning and they couldn't get the last bus load of people on the plane so we could leave. They later announced they would have to unload part of the luggage and the top level of passengers would have to get off the plane, as we moved toward the back of the plane they announced it was working, loaded the passengers and then we waited another 10 minutes. By then we were all drenched with sweat and I felt like I was wearing a wet bathing suit under my clothes. After this 2 hour delay, when the plane began to move we all cheered and the air finally came on. I was so grateful I had packed a change of underclothing in my carry on and managed to quickly put it on in the rest room which made for a much more comfortable 12 hour flight to Fiji.
Our first glimpse of Fiji. These fluffy clouds were a forewarning of what the week would be like. We,ve had clouds and drizzling rain every day through Saturday.
On Saturday the Brother and Sister Tennis drove us down to the market to shop and there are alot of people who set things out to sale outside where they don't have to pay rent.
This is our living space/ computer area
We were happy to have a newer black bar in our kitchen and some basic cooking utensils and dishes. The stove is gas and a couple that lives in the same 4 plex as us gave me the formula for converting the oven from celcius If I'm trying to cook at 350 I double the Celcius number take 10% off and add 32 Who knew cooking was going to be so complicated!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Jenny and Darren arrived at Karen's house on Thursday and we've had fun going up to Eden and seeing the Hogge Farm, and a museum in Ogden. Saturday we went to This is The Place Monument, Temple Square (the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Visitor's Center) and took a tour of the Conference Center. We loved the flowers gardens and took some last pictures with the Salt Lake Temple in the background.
Tomorrow we report to the MTC and if all goes as scheduled we will begin our over 12 hour flight to Fiji on Saturday July 21st. Richard has had some extra trials with a cough and a tempermental knee that swole up on the drive up to Utah so please keep us in your prayers.
We love you, and thank you for all the love support each of you have given us. Love Richard and Mary