Sunday, October 5, 2014

October in El Salvador...

October 2014...
♫♪"As time goes by..."♫♪♫ always does,
   It is OCTOBER already!
October 1, Wednesday
Anna Sue Brewer was born in Rochester, Minnesota.  Jen, our youngest daughter is doing well, as is their new baby girl.  Jen said between Jerry and Anna's six siblings, the mother hardly gets to hold her.
We are thrilled to welcome this grandchild #35 to our family.
                             ANNA SUE BREWER 

This photo of 2013 is now outdated for the Brewer Family -- 
Jen & Jerry, Seth, Sarah, Benjamin, Joshua, Elizabeth, Adam, who welcome Anna.
Jen, Karen Taylor e-mailed this after she saw the photo of Anna: "What a beautiful baby!!  She really looks like her momma." 

October 2, Thursday
We had the morning temple shift. The wonderful coordinator for the Thursday morning shift brought a gift for us.  She and her daughters and some friends have been working on it since April.  It is a picture done in "artistic embroidery."  We've never seen anything like it. (I'll take a photo to post next week.)

October 3, Friday
We had the afternoon/evening shift at the temple.  In the morning before we went over at 12:30 noon, we had the service center men help move our living room furniture out onto the terrace patio and move tables in from the two empty apartments to get ready to serve three different meals--two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
We appreciate these men helping us with anything we need done in the apartment or elsewhere.

October 4, Saturday
We had our traditional "before-Saturday-General-Conference" breakfast for the Temple Presidency and temple missionaries.
We serve waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
(Plus we also had bacon, scrambled eggs, and hash browns.  And I made a batch of biscuits for Elder Haroldsen who is allergic to eggs or anything with eggs in it.)
Here are a few photos.
Guests start arriving...Hna. Majano and Los Alas. Walt donned an apron to help in the kitchen.
We used our fall decorations since we will be gone for the holidays of this season.
Elder and Hna. Haroldsen helped us a lot with all of the preparations.
We were happy that the Majanos daughter, Tatiana, and son-in-law, Alex Rivas could join us, along with Juan José y Rebeka, two of Majano's grandchildren.
In fact, Alex helped cook the waffles.
I think we had 12 as the final count for breakfast.
Then it has also become tradition for us to have the zone of young missionaries come for dinner between the Saturday sessions.  We were told they had 23 in their zone--15 Elders and 8 Hermanas.
These 17 came on time, and they said the rest were coming later. Actually only 2 more came later.  
We had a potato bar with toppings of hamburger gravy, homemade chili, grated cheese, and/or sour cream, plus had Jell-o salad with whipped cream, rolls, and ice water. For dessert we served cake, cookies, and ice cream.
We'd have never pulled it off without the help of Elder y Hna. Haroldsen.  She furnished the corn, made some homemade "poppycock" for the nut cups since Price Smart isn't getting any in until November.  She had baked 96 cookies, plus she helped with the preparation before and cleaning up after.
The young Elders and Hermanas loved the "home-cooked" food.  Walt went over and told the Sisters that this lone Elder was "the onion in a pentunia patch." (♫♪ Anyone remember that song?♪♫)
The two Elders who came later sat at the other end of this table.
Here's the table of Elders. Elder Ralphs, the son of Rod Ralphs, who grew up in Burley is the third one on the right side of the table with his head leaning in.
So we fed a total of 23 and got them back just in time for the afternoon session.  We had also put out the waffles and strawberries left from breakfast and they liked those almost more than the hot potatoes and toppings.
Today--Sunday--between sessions, we served 14 for dinner between sessions....the same menu: A Potato Bar.  Didn't get this photo until everyone had gone through.
I had told the missionaries on Saturday that the hot veggie and fresh veggies were for their nutrition, to which they all laughed.
Here are Walt, Presidente y Hna. Alas, Gladis and Jaime López.
We were happy to invite the Majanos oldest daughter, Aida, husband, Juan José Castallanos and their two children to join us.
Here are Presidente y Hna. Majano and Elder Haroldsen.
Again, we couldn't have pulled it off without Hna. Haroldsen.  
Here's the group photo.
And here's the Majano family.
Again, we barely got back over for the start of the afternoon concluding session of General Conference.

October 5, Sunday...General Conference Sunday.
Here's one of my favorite quotes about Conference this week that was just posted on facebook by my visiting teacher:
"I love being reminded about what is

 important in life and learning how I can better  
become who I am meant to be!"

                   --Stephanie Dawson

Twice a year is General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We have the opportunity to receive counsel from our Prophets, Seers, and Revelators.
  Here is The First Presidency, left to right:
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor.
President Thomas S. Monson, President and Prophet.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor.
I'm starting this at 7:30 Sunday morning, so will add our thoughts
later today after we attend the final two sessions.

Here we are coming out from watching the last session via satellite broadcast in our chapel. (Walt and I watched all the sessions in the chapel, and Walt attended the Priesthood session broadcast from there last evening.)
General Conference has come and gone and we are uplifted in spirit for having been taught at the feet of our beloved Prophet, his two counselors in The First Presidency, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Quorums of the Seventy, and the Sisters from the General Presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary.

History was made when for the first time in General Conference members of the Quorums from outside the United States were asked to speak in their native languages.

As you see the titles of the many talks, you will see the variety of topics covered.  I copied this from either the Church News Room site, or (I'll have to check back...)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
184th Semi-Annual General Conference
Saturday Afternoon Session
Priesthood Meeting
President Thomas S. Monson: "Guided safely home"
October 5, 2014 - Sunday Morning Session
The Prophet is always the last speaker in the Sunday morning session.
Sunday Afternoon Session
General Women's Meeting – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Here's a photo of Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong and the article about the Saturday morning session of Oct. 4:

SALT LAKE CITY – History was made Saturday morning as Cantonese became the first language other than English to be spoken from the pulpit of a General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, a member of the church’s First Quorum of the Seventy from Hong Kong, became the first LDS general authority to speak in a language other than English at the semiannual conference — at least as far as church public affairs officials are able to determine. It was widely reported prior to this 184th Semiannual General Conference that some speakers might use their native languages for the first time.
Subtitles on the giant screens in the church’s Conference Center translated Wong’s message of Christian unity into English.
“We can all help one another,” Wong said, according to an English translation of his talk provided to the media. “We should always anxiously engage in seeking to rescue those in need.”
Those watching the conference on television or via the Internet heard a dubbed English translation of his remarks rather than viewing subtitles. This is the method the church uses for live translating the predominantly English-language talks into 94 languages for broadcast to 102 countries worldwide.
It was obvious that change was even something of a novelty to the church’s top leaders. Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, spoke directly following Wong and began his remarks with a simple, “Buenos Dias.” The audience of approximately 21,000 in the Conference Center responded with laughter.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the church’s governing First Presidency and one of the church’s most popular speakers spoke in English.
“Before this conference weekend, some asked me if I would speak in German,” admitted the former West German Air Force pilot at the beginning of his talk, before launching into one of his signature aviation stories.
Wong, however, was not the only speaker to use a language other than English. Elder Eduardo Gavarret, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy born in Uruguay, spoke in Spanish during the Saturday afternoon session. St. George native Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, followed Gavarret.
“What a wonderful new format introduced into our General Conference,” Holland said.
Church President Thomas S. Monson was the first speaker Saturday morning. Typically, the church president uses his first address of the conference to make major announcements, such as new temple locations.
Two years ago, Monson announced a change in policy for the age of young missionaries, moving the minimum age of service for men from 19 to 18 and for women from 21 to 19. This policy has resulted in an increase of missionaries. Monson said, as of this conference, more than 88,000 missionaries are currently serving throughout the world.
Monson also noted two other significant anniversaries during his opening remarks. The conference marked the 90th anniversary of the first radio broadcast of a General Conference session and the 65th anniversary of its first television broadcast.
Yet for the second General Conference in a row, Monson did not announce any new temples.
“Because we are concentrating our efforts on complete temples which were previously announced, we are not at the present time announcing any new temples,” Monson said.
He continued to say the church anticipates dedicating or rededicating at least five temples in 2015 in addition to the new Phoenix (Arizona) Temple, which will be dedicated this year."

It's Sunday evening, 7:47 p.m. and I'm going to go make Walt his Sunday night milkshake.
     ....back soon to finish this post. Hope you've had an uplifting Sabbath Day, also.

Another great quote about General Conference came from our friend, Karen Taylor:
"We have loved conference.  So many wonderful talks with so much counsel.  It was wonderful.  The weather was beautiful--clear skies and moderate temperature.  
We are counting days until your feet are on USA soil for good.  We love you.  Karen"

For September 15 to 30...
     I may have to give up on catching up on those two weeks.  We'll see.

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