We will be returning to Renton Washington
May 19th 2011.

Our Homecoming Report in the Soos Creek Ward will be
June 12, 2011

Monday, April 26, 2010

Recent Baptisms

This is Mirna in the center in white. She is a wonderful lady that accepted the gospel very quickly. The sister missionaries loved teaching her. She was baptized by one of our members of our branch. From left to right is Alli, Nalida, Marcelo, Mirna, Hna. Espejo, Hna. Orme, Hna. H. and Elder H.

Lucia and Florencia, sisters were baptized on the same night. They are such sweet loving girls. They were so excited to get baptized!

Monday, April 12, 2010

After the Block Building Service Projected

After the Project they all came to our house and Janice had prepared us a great meal of Sloppie Joes and Potato Salad and all the other delicious things. We had a red velvet cake and ice cream. Everyone enjoyed the meal and we all had a great time. After the lunch Elder Whitaker interviewed Mirna for baptism, She passed and will be baptiszd on Saturday after General Conference
Hermana Orme, look what those blocks did to my hands, they will never be the same!
The Group waiting along side Ruta 10 for the bus to come back by. From the close end we have Hermana Orme (California) Hermana Espejo ( Bolivia) Elder Martino (Texas) Elder Carter (Florida) Elder Barrios (Paraguay) Elder Whitaker (Florida)

Block Building Service Project

This is Elder Martino (left) from Texas and Elder Carter from Florida making sand. They are breaking up old broken blocks to reuse the sand and clean up the yard. They would wet the old blocks down and then use the log to smash them in to sand. It was a very hard way to make sand, but when they finished the yard looked better and there was more sand to build additional blocks.
This is Miguel, he works for one of the members in the Branch. He takes the sand and mixes it with Portland Cement and then pounds it into the form and makes one block at a time. They have 4 different mold to make different types and sizes of block. When they don't have Missionaries making sand out of old blocks the go to the beach area with their horse and wagon and haul sand back to the area they build blocks. It is hard work but it is something they can do and the are supporting the family doing it.
This is our District leader, Elder Whitaker from Florida. He too is making sand out of old broken blocks. I personally found that the back of the shovel smashed the blocks very well and was a lot lighter to pickup than this log hammer! These Elders are assigned to the City of Rocha which is about 30 kilometers in land from La Paloma where we are assigned.

Stripping shutters and front door at the church.

We did a day service project at the church. We stripped the front window shutters and the front door. It turned out to be a bigger job than we thought it was going to be. Ruben, Marcelo, and wife Nelida helped us.

Hermana Smoot goes home!

Our wonderful Hna Smoot went home last month! Her family came to Uruguay and traveled to all of the areas that she served and had a great time. We were lucky to have them come spend he last Sunday with us in our branch. Hns Smoot and both of he parents did too! I was a great meeting. Hna Smoot was a wonderful missionary and we are missing her a lot!
The Smoots came over after church and we had Hna Smoots last meal with us. She ordered pineapple chicken and a chocolate triffle. We had such a nice time with them. Around the table is Mom Smoot, Brother Stanton, Dad Smoot, Ruben, Hna's. Smoot, Orme, Espejo.

Thursday, April 1, 2010