|I know you have all seen a peacock before but he was putting on such a show I thought you might enjoy it.|
Spring has definitely arrived. Today we thought it must be summer with temperatures in the high 80's.
Sunday was such a special day. Elder Richins had the opportunity to baptize Brother Richard Mawindi. His wife has been a member for about 5 years but he wasn't interested for a long time. The senior sister missionaries over the past several years have been teaching Sister Mawindi to read English while the senior Elder's have been getting to know Brother Mawindi, helping him with projects that he had going and becoming friends. He said he observed the goodness of the people and how they treated his wife. Elder Richins and I were at the end of a long line of wonderful senior couples and Elder Richins had the privelege of being the Elder to see all the hard work of the senior missionaries come to fruition, with the addition of the Elder's who taught him the discussions.
At Brother Mawindi's baptism he had the opportunity to bear his testimony. He read Alma 5: 13-14 and the mighty change that has come to his heart. It was a powerful and simple testimony of his journey to do as Jesus did. The branch was very supportive and stayed after church to witness this most important ordinance.
|Elder Richins, Sister Mawindi, Brother Mawindi before his baptism|
Monkey Land - We had a guided tour for this one. We walked among the animals and as you can see from the pictures we got real close, ONE TIME a little too close for my comfort.
|Black and White Puffed lemur. He kept getting closer|
|and really close. See how narrow the swinging bridge is? We were in the center of the bridge.|
|A full view of the tail|
|See the little head sticking out?|
|I loved the little ring tails. All babies are cute.|
|Can't tell you what his name is? Anyone out their know?|
|Lar Gibbon golden ape|
|2 of the human's who invaded the monkey habitat and enjoyed every minute|
|I couldn't resist the beautiful eye. Green Turaco|
|Proud mama / Carolina Wood Duck|
|We loved the black beard|
|He just shimmered in the sun / Royal Golden Breasted Starling|
|The Hyacinth Macaws, look at the details around the eye. This guy kept|
taking chain down that said "employees only"!
|Scarlet Ibis / our favorite color|
|The blue bill caught my attention/Eurasian Wigeon|
|Mute Swan / She might not talk but she can swim as fast as a motor boat and leaves the same wake. She was after a black swan. It was amazing to watch.|
It is very fun to have adventures but please remember we do know why we are here and so Tuesday it was back to missionary work.
We had a busy week with transfers. We lost Elder Dladla and Elder Pearson went home just in time to go bow hunting. We have Elder Mkwezalamba from Zimbabwe and Elder Hughes from Mesquite Nevada.
|Elder Pearson on his way home. He was a great Elder and worked hard til the end.|
|Elder Jones, Elder Richins, Elder Morris, Elder Hughes, Elder Raharizoandrinirina from Madagascar, Elder Dladla on his way to Cape Town, Elder Morris and Elder Mkwezalamba|
Love, Elder & Sister Richins