Saturday, June 27, 2015

Batmen, but no Robin; Dental Work, S-Day Prep

The Batmen team was here on Monday. We discovered recently that we had bats in the belfry . . . or at least in the attic. The exterminators, the Batmen team, patched up a hole that was allowing them into the house. There were eight of them, the largest the size of a fist! There were several smaller ones. Another senior couple also had bats, but they had about 20 of them. The exterminators had taken pictures of them. They didn't today. If they had, I would have included one. Sorry about that.

Sister Bodell wanted a hazmat suit to clean up the bat droppings that were coming down in a gap between the wall and the ceiling in two bedrooms. Oh, the never-ending adventures.

I would be amiss if I didn't take time to say thank you to a very special friend in our lives. We had our last language Skype lesson with Micah this week. We will miss our weekly visits and updates on his life. Even though we are finished with our Skype lessons, we will continue to keep in touch. We wish him and Beth the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives in August. We look forward to seeing them when we get home from our mission. (I hope they don't mind that I borrowed a picture from Micah's Facebook page. I forgot to take a screen shot at our last lesson.)

Beth and Micah

I lost a filling from a tooth this week. I nervously went to a dentist here in Sibu. His name is Dr. Hu. (Yes, that's pronounced Who, so now I have met Dr. Who.) Going to the dentist here is not like going to the dentist back home. I checked in with the receptionist, filled out an information sheet, and was immediately led into see the doctor. Dr. Hu is a very nice Chinese dentist with several degrees and trainings, and he speaks English.

He looked at the tooth and told me I needed a crown. Then he took an X-ray to check out the root. Looks like we need to take a trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) or Singapore for a root canal. There is not an endodontist to be found in Sibu. We'll be going to KL because it's closer, and we've never been there except for layovers in the airport. There is a senior couple there who have offered to house us for a few days.

The Elders here decided they wanted to have a seminary "S-Day" activity centered around stories from the Book of Mormon. The date has been set for July 4. The seminary kids from here and Sibu Jaya have been invited. Sister Bodell has been making costumes for the Elders. She bought a little sewing machine several months ago, but had some issues with it. She figured it out so now she can make some simple tunics for the Elders. Here is a picture of her little machine.

Cute little thing, isn't it?
The Elder spent some time working on "sets" for their production.

Elders at work!

Elder S and the Brass Plates

Would you believe Nephi's ship?

You have to use some imagination!

We attended the Chinese branch FHE this week. We had a good lesson and played a fun game similar to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but you had to have a sign or sound. If you missed, you were out of the game. It was amusing!

Saturday Sister Bodell taught the Relief Society of Branch One how to make peanut butter cookies. 

"This is the recipe . . . "

The fun begins!

Mashing the cookies is really the fun part.

Okay, Sister Lucy, you're right. The fun part is eating the cookies!

Enjoying the fruits of their labors!
There wasn't a big turn out, but it was successful. Next month they're going to make oatmeal cranberry cookies.

Hopefully there will be no more bats or other surprises this coming week. The time needs to be used to get everything read for next Saturday. Hopefully we can share many pictures of the S-Day activity.

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