Monday, January 23, 2012

I know this photo is blurry, but I had to get it fast. We went to the church for the baptism and found that the piano that we move into the baptism room was missing.  So the elders moved the big upright from the chapel area into the baptism room.  I missed them getting it down the step from the podium.  It is really heavy - but we had a piano for the baptism.

Jose Bravo just before his baptism.  A priest from our "barrio" who introduced him to the Church did the actual baptism.  This young man has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is reading the Book of Mormon every day.  He is 16 and is looking forward to a mission.

Jose with his mother and father, sister, and nieces and nephew.  Nice family.  The sister on the left is a less active member of the Church.  All others are non-members.

After the baptism.  We had a nice program and some special testimonies that were born.  What a wonderful way to have the Sabbath day end.

We had a ward Family Home Evening that started at 8:30 in the morning on Monday.  These are some of the youth that we taught spent time with the first thing in the morning.  They are discussing what they can do to make their families stronger.

Elder Dibb with the group of youth discussing "For the Strength of Youth" and the YM/YW programs of Duty to God and Personal Progress.

These are the youth playing a team building game called "Steal the Flag".  I missed getting a picture of the "cup pyramid" game.  They all seemed to have a good time and recognize the importance of working together to accomplish a goal - knowing that communication is important.

Elder Dibb in the back yard of the Stake President's home.  It is huge.  It is a 3 story home and just keeps going.  He is a contractor and has just kept building on.  They have a indoor swimming pool, (just behind the big plant where Elder Dibb is standing.), a racket ball court, a theater, pool table, big covered patio with fireplace, etc.  The whole ward played in the yard and downstairs, and separated into groups to be instructed and have activities.  We had lunch - chicken and "papa fritas" with a salad.  Fun day!!

Young adults trying to do "cross the lava field".  We didn't have time for them to really figure what they should do, so they never got across the yard, but had fun trying.

Lunch on the covered patio.  For the break (Andrew and Kevin), we had saltenias. GOOD!  We had a very nice day.  Ward members visited and we were taught about the importance of the family and what we can do to make our homes happier places.  Our goal is to take 4 temple trips this year to Cochabamba.  Hopefully, we will be able to get permission to go with them.  We miss the temple and the special Spirit that is there as we serve for those who have passed on.

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