Monday, June 18, 2012

Sister's Conference

We had a wonderful Sister's Conference in the mission home last Monday.  There are 18 Sisters, myself and Hermana Quintanilla.  We had some scripture instruction from President Quintanilla, lesson from Preach My Gospel given by one of the sisters.  We had music conducting instruction(Sister Dibb helped with this - on the spur of the moment), then another sister from Obrajes came after lunch and continued the instruction.  The sisters who are finishing their missions before our next conference bore their testimonies.  It was a very uplifting day.  Here we are making brownies.

Bonnie, the President's daughter, showed us all how to make the brownies and gave us the recipe.  It was a lot of fun.  Think how surprised I was that they put 4 eggs in the mix and only 1 cup of flour.  We are still trying to figure out how to make things in this altitude.  Elder Dibb's chocolate chip cookies are turning out great now.

This is my team for making the brownies.  What a fun group of sisters.

While the brownies were cooking, a sister showed us how to make bracelets.  It was a spiritually uplifting day as well as fun doing things that "girls" like to do.

Today, P-day, we walked all the way over to Miraflores to go to the Botanical Gardens, only to find that it is closed on Monday (of course, it didn't say that on our information).  So we looked a little through the fence.  A lady came over and told us that she was the librarian and offered to ask if we could get in.  But when she found someone, he said "no".  Don't know if we'll get to see it or not, because Monday is the only day it is closed - as we have found with many other places in Bolivia.  Dale is wearing his new leather coat he got for Father's Day.

A picture through the fence.  It looks like a beautiful place.  Hope we get to see it sometime.

We walked down the street and saw this interesting Church. It was open, so we went inside.  While sitting there for a few minutes, a young man came up and asked if Elder Dibb was the "Padre".  Elder Dibb explained that we couldn't help him.  Confessions were not until 5:00 p.m.

Close-up of a statue of Mary holding the baby Jesus.  This statue is  on the outside of the building.

One of the streets is dug up to put in the gas line.  Instead of digging in the street, they take up the stones from the sidewalk and dig there.

The stones are interesting because they are only flat on one side - the side that is up.  We decided that it was no wonder that the stones in the sidewalks eventually buckle and are uneven.  At times walking on the sidewalks is like trying to make your way through a mine field.

After our long walk, we sat on a bench in the park.  We noticed this guy about 10 stories up painting or repairing the building.  He is just on a rope with a board for a seat.

A little scary!!  People do stuff like this all the time without any kid of safety equipment.  OSHA would be in heaven down here !

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