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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

We loved spending a wonderful week sharing some of the beauty of Jamaica as well as some of the humanitarian work we do with Emily and Bobby.




We picked up Emily and Bobby from the Montego Bay airport Monday afternoon and then drove to Negril in time to experience a gorgeous evening and have dinner on the beach. The next morning we went out to the beach, but unfortunately the weather wasn't the greatest. After check out, we did a little souvenir shopping and then drove back around the northwest to the east on the coastal highway to Falmouth to tour Rose Hall Great House. That evening we had dinner and went on the amazing boat excursion at Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon - always a hit with visitors. 




With it being Ash Wednesday, many places were closed the next day. We still were able to have nice lunch at a small Mediterranean restaurant and introduce Emily and Bobby to the yummy ice cream at the Devon House in Kingston. 

We showed them some other sights in Kingston and the surrounding area and were able to introduce a few of the elders and sisters to them. We had wonderful dinner at one of the favorite restaurants - South Avenue Grill in Kingston. We usually don't have much time to "play" games, but we were able to have a rousing game of dominoes that night.  And, golly, I just can't remember exactly who won, but if I recall, the score was really close but not necessarily in the girls' favor. 


Thursday, we drove to Ocho Rios on the north coast.  

Bobby found a great place online for us to go enjoy the beach. Multiple tour buses were coming and going the whole time we were there. It was a beautiful place with great food and periodic entertainment by Jamaican dancers and fun line dancing on the beach.  

There were strong offshore winds, so the roaring and crashing of the waves was pretty spectacular. A few people were going in the water, but most just enjoyed soaking up the sun or sitting in the shade of one of the many almond trees on the beach. 

After several hours and visible signs the Jamaican sun can be really intense, we drove just a few minutes away to Dunn's River Falls for Buddy, Bobby, and Emily to climb the falls. I followed along on the boardwalk as the photographer. I think I climbed at least 500 steps - I stopped counting! These photos are evidence of what an amazingly beautiful place this is and how much fun they had.





Friday morning we went to Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston so Bobby and Emily could meet our friend, Dr. Campbell, and see the newly created Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Bobby were able to talk "doctor" while the rest of us listened with interest. Dr. Campbell spoke about the remarkable contrast in what they each deal with because of the tremendous lack of funding for facilities and equipment here in Jamaica. We are grateful the recently approved project we developed will provide some essential medical and office equipment for this new clinic. 

Much too soon, it was time to drive back to Montego Bay to take Emily and Bobby to the airport. It was definitely easier to say good-bye this year than when they were here last year on their cruise; we know it will only be a little over 4 months before we see them again. 


Good-bye until July...

Saturday, February 17
We attended the baptism in the Yallahs Branch on Saturday morning. The meeting portions of the service were held under a huge mango tree in the yard of one of the members of the ward. It was raining off and on, but it didn't matter; we all loved gathering together and witnessing this saving ordinance performed in the ocean for our new sister in the Gospel. 


      Looking very contemplative -                                           President Stewart &
"How Firm a Foundation"                           Yallahs Branch President, Elder Osborne
Elder & Sister Osborne serve in the Mission Office.

Very wet, but still smiling!

The week ahead will be another busy one with travel connected with transfers. We always enjoy being a part of this exciting week. The mission is expecting two new sisters and three new elders. In addition, the four recently approved projects are now ready for the purchasing phase, so we will be involved with paperwork and physically going places to make purchases. We also have several new potential projects throughout the island we need to continue to work on. 

We'll be keeping our shoulders to the wheel.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Galations 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 

Doctrine and Covenant 64:33 
Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. 

Until next week...all our love.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Today was an exciting day for the Church in Jamaica. Currently there is only one stake: the Jamaica Kingston Stake; two districts: the Jamaica Mandeville District and the newly created Nassau Caribbean District; and mission-dependent branches. There are 6 wards and 2 branches in the stake; 4 branches in the Nassau District, and until today there were 5 branches in the Mandeville District; and 6 mission-dependent branches. Today, 2 of the largest mission-dependent branches were added to the Mandeville District. This is historic because this district now takes in the whole western two-thirds of Jamaica. The Nassau District was created just about a month and ago and is being called a "virtual" district because district business and meetings will mostly be conducted via the Internet. All of this is evidence of wonderful progress in this part of the Lord' vineyard. 

New Mandeville District Presidency
Paul Durrant, Second Counselor (Santa Cruz), Anthony Robinson, President (Savanna-la-mar), and Jason Piper, First Counselor (May Pen)

We can't begin to express how wonderful this Sunday session of District Conference was today. There was such love and excitement felt by all in attendance at the May Pen chapel. Even though we are anxious to be back with our family, it's getting harder to imagine leaving in July. We love the saints of Jamaica. 

President Robinson offered a powerful address today filled with humor as well as his amazing testimony. He had the full attention of everyone. Challenges were issued which raise the bar in his talk today and in Presidents Pearson and Stewart's training yesterday at the Priesthood Leadership Meeting.

President Robinson and his counselors are going to do great things. We all feel confident there will be another stake in Jamaica very soon. It is truly an exciting time, and we're very grateful to be a tiny part of it. 
Amazing sisters and elders serving in the many branches 
of the Mandeville District. 
Don't they look happy?!

This young man has received a mission call to serve in the Dominican Republic and will report in March. He is quite the artist. This is a piece of his artwork on the back of a goat's skin. He was quick to explain it's not quite finished, but it is already incredible. 

After dropping off Heather and Tom at the airport Monday, we made a visit to a very nice nursing home facility in Montego Bay. We will now write up a proposal for a project to provide some assistance to this loving place. We were so impressed by the owner/manager. She told us she cannot depend on the residents paying regularly, but her pay is seeing their happiness and the improvement in their quality of life. That may sound like she was just trying to tell us what we would like to hear, but we can witness that Jamaicans tell the truth for the most part. We feel she truly demonstrates charity - the pure love of Christ - in her service to these people. Notice the facility's motto on the sign...


 Once again, we've gained a new eternal friend.

We had the opportunity to donate two truck loads of medical supplies to the Kingston Public Hospital this last week. Elder Acosta, our Area Welfare Manager, instructed us to donate all the medical supplies stored in the emergency container. Everything is new and in great condition, but it has been in storage for 3 years. The Area didn't want the supplies to get too old before being of use to someone. Included in this donation were items almost A to Z: Anesthesia breathing circuit hoses, bedpans, and casting material to stethoscopes, tubing, and urine test strips.

Smiling faces as a result of another successful humanitarian endeavor. 

While Buddy was participating in the the Priesthood Leadership session of District Conference and  before the adult session yesterday afternoon, I was invited to sit in on an in-service meeting for seminary and institute teachers. For the bulk of meeting, we watched the most recent Church Education System (CES) Broadcast to religious educators and missionaries featuring a most-remarkable address on the growing need for defending truth by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 
     “It has always been important not only to teach but to defend truth, and in our time that need seems to be growing."

We encourage you to take 35-40 minutes to watch the video of his portion of the broadcast. We are confident you will be inspired and edified. 

We'll close this week with a scripture that inspires our lives every day as well as our humanitarian efforts here in Jamaica:
Mosiah 2:41
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Until next week, all our love...