Our friend, Alexson, is doing better with his reading in Malay. Helping him the past two weeks has been a blessing for him as well as for me. My Malay vocabulary is growing and my pronunciation is getting better. Alexson is thinking he wants to learn English now as well. This will be another adventure.
When we arrived at Alexson's home on Friday, his mother was working on a beaded collar. The time, patience, and dexterity to do this amazes me. Most of these beads are quite small, barely big enough to put the string through. I am just amazed at the intricacy of the work. This particular collar would sell for about 250 Ringgets, or about $80.
|Oh, the patience to thread the string through the itty-bitty hole in the bead!|
|Can you believe this? And only one bead at a time!|
Monday we had Family Home Evening with Brother Gaadong and his family. After the lesson we taught them how to play Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They loved it!
There was a Branch One FHE Friday night. We taught them how to play Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, too. I was planning on taking pictures, but the thought didn't even cross my mind while we were playing. I've got to do better on the picture taking! It's hard though, when you're involved with the game. Maybe next time?
There was a Chinese Branch Easter party on Saturday night. They have a very small branch so there weren't a lot of people there. They had egg salad sandwiches and a fruit salad. They decorated eggs afterward.
|President Chua Huat, Chinese Branch President|
|Sister Christine (Chinese Branch President's Wife) and Sister Bodell|
|This is Charity. She is President Chua Huat's daughter.|
|The coloring here in East Malaysia is very vibrant!|
|Elders W and G drawing on their eggs before dipping them in color.|
We had Elders C and P over for dinner today. They need to get some shopping done. It was a nice dinner of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy, applesauce, asparagus, carrots (purple and orange in orange sauce, and a cranberry glaze. We also had strawberry jam. Everything was from scratch, including the glaze, jam, and applesauce! There are just somethings you can't buy here. The only problem was that there lots of dishes to do in our tiny sink. It was still worth it, though.
We are looking forward to watching General Conference this week in English via our internet connection, even if it's slow. It will a pleasant time.