Today - Sunday, November 10, 2013 - we were invited by the Area Seventy presiding: Elder Cesar Morales, to speak at the Ahuachapán Stake Conference. This is about an hour and a half west of the city of San Salvador.
To pronounce it correctly I think: A-watch-a-pán.
(I do wash these clothes between each Sunday. Since we are in a different stake conference each Sunday, I choose the same outfit to wear...less stressful for me.)
Hugo Ernesto Martínez drove us the 100 kilometers (60 miles) this morning. We are thankful for all the help we are given to get to our various assignments throughout El Salvador. Hugo is in the middle below. On the right is the counselor in the stake presidency.
Here is the stake presidency. The Stake President in the middle is President Zamora. I don't know the names of the counselors. We were not given a printed agenda today like most of the stakes have for us.
We had a fun serendipity right after conference when one of the sister missionaries came up and introduced herself: "I'm Hermana Groneman. My parents told me to be sure and look you up if I got to the temple here. And now I get to meet you at our stake conference. You were on the Mediterranean Cruise with my parents, Jon and Bonny Groneman in June 2010."
We were very excited to meet Hna. Groneman.
We met the Groneman's when we went on this Cruise called "In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul," for our 50th Wedding Anniversary (a year early) so we could hear the lectures of D. Kelly Ogden, Professor of Ancient Scriptures at Brigham Young University in Provo. He was President of the MTC in Guatemala the second year we were there and became friends with him and his darling wife, Marcia.
Below are Jon & Bonny Groneman. I think they live in Provo...but are staunch "Ute" fans.d
Here's a photo of our friends - D. Kelly and Marcia Ogden.
D. Kelly & Marcia Ogden, and Marcia's darling mother who is almost 100 years old.
We have great memories of times with these friends.
Now back to the present...
The choir today had the 16 hermanas in red dresses and the 10 men in red ties. We always love to hear their choirs and appreciate all the practice hours they spend in preparing to sing at stake conference.
Time out....will be back after we give talks at a Family History Fireside tonight in our Los Heroes Stake. (Never a dull moment nor a free Sunday here.)