An interesting day, because ....it was all very Filipino! Here is the story as told by Sister Hoopes.
|Sis Brines left and Gia on the right took lessons from me|
|Bishops oldest daughter played well with both hands. |
7 years old!
|Our bishop speaking in place of the Stake President|
Half of Kathlene's students canceled the night before and I think 2 of the others students didn't show up.
The program did, however, turn out pretty good and there were some parents there. Sister Brines had arranged for refreshments and the parents were proud and happy. So this recital was a big success in the Filipino way.
These are the Bishops 3 children. The oldest played in the recital and the youngest I showed in a picture a few weeks ago. She just turned 3. They are really beautiful little girls.
The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. We went to Baao on Sunday at the request of Elder and Sister Watson. Sister Watson was doing sharing time in Primary just to show the leaders and kids how it is supposed to work. She asked for help from Sister Hoopes. We had a great day there with them in their old rented house. After Primary, Sister Hoopes was asked to give the lesson in Relief Society. Go figure!
With all the English testing going on and Piano lessons, I have been much more domestic than is usual for me. I have actually put clothes in the washing machine and dryer. And I have been doing the dishes which is quite extraordinary, I think.
Next week is going to be huge with an Area Authority Seventy coming to spend several days. Will let you know next week how we are involved and share what we learned.
|All nice and clean again|
Just this last thought: I was in a Sunday School class on Sunday and it was in Tagalog, of course. So, I was day dreaming a little but I realized I was being asked a question. The teacher in English said, "Elder Hoopes, this Sister wants to know why the Lord lets good people be poor and the bad people have money". ? My first question was, "Is that the lesson for today" because I thought it was totally something else? And secondly, why ask me the question but I thought, okay, I am going to give it to them good. I asked, "Do you believe the prophets"? If so, go read the talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson from last October General Conference on Free Agency. He tells us that men choose their own circumstances in life. God will not make us anything that we do not by our actions choose to become. So, there is the answer. I doubt they understood it at all but an American Missionary came up to me afterwards to get the reference so he could print it and read it. Good for him!