May 26, 2019 - We made it!!! We had to write a letter to the Area Presidency to get permission to leave our Mission boundaries to take our Branch Members to the Palmyra Temple. But we got it done and had a very sacred experience.
Karen encouraged Everette to set up a meeting with his 94 year old aunt Erma. She was sharp as a tack and still living at home. We had a delightful time with her talking about a lot of things that Everette hadn't heard.
We asked Sister Chanipo to bear her testimony in pidgin English. A pidgin, or pidgin language, is a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common: typically, its vocabulary and grammar are limited and often drawn from several languages. Bottom line: I understand most of what she says, but miss some of the words. One thing that I know - Sister Chanipo is an awesome missionary!
We were so excited because we thought we got to see one of the beavers. We showed the video to Joel and Thomas at the Nature Center and they grinned and told us very nicely that we had a video of a muskrat swimming in the beaver pond. Oh well, it was still fun. But now we'll have to go back and see if we can find a real beaver.
We had the best week of our mission. Going to the Palmyra Temple with our sweet members of the Massena Branch was such a beautiful, humbling experience. Feeling the spirit of the Temple AND the spirit of the restoration at the same time was powerful. Karen and I both truly felt the spirit of Elijah in the Temple as we performed sacred ordinances for our kindred dead. Not just generally, but specifically at the same time and for the same person. It was such a tender moment that drew us close to the Lord.
Hope you have a good week - we'll see you next week!!! Spoiler alert - we are having our Mission Tour with Elder Bennett - our Area President on Tuesday!!