Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Week 60

I don't know where these photos ended up, but I couldn't find them in my sent folder.  So I'm not sure if these were ever mailed out.  I will post them here anyway.

The week before Stake Conference of the Surakarta Stake (the first since becoming a Stake - the one in the Spring was actually a District Conference where we became a Stake), we participated in a Mission visit by a member of the area presidency, Elder Watson.  The sisters' apartment wasn't large enough for six sisters, so we hosted Sister Hickman (from Washington state) and Sister Tandiman for the night.

 I was asked to have the Cultural Hall set and ready to go for a group photo as soon as the leadership arrived for the visit/Zone Meeting.  Here is the entire Surakarta Zone (Jawa Tengah).

 Here is Elder Watson greeting Elder Jameson.  You can also see his wife in the background with Elder Hasibuan.
 After pictures we all retreated to the chapel for the meeting led by Elder Watson.  There was a lot of participation teaching by all of the missionaries as well as the President, his wife, and Elder and Sister Watson.
 The following Saturday and Sunday was the Stake Conference.  Brother Didit and the Greenways were asked to pick up the visitors from Salt Lake City.  Our Area President Elder Wilson and his wife and Sister Reeves, 2nd counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency and her husband were the visiting authorities for our conference.  Between sessions on Saturday, the stake had a luncheon for Elder Wilson and Sister Reeves with typical Indonesian food and then presented them with some traditional Javaneses dolls.  They also sent some Batik ties (I think) to President Monson.
 Here is a view of the Sunday go-to-meetin' crowd.  Again, we had to rent the Novotel ballroom to fit all of the members of the stake.
 And here is Sister Greenway's - well actually the Stake Conference Youth and YSA - Choir - plus most of the missionaries.
 Another photo of the congregation and the choir.
 On Saturday morning, the visiting authorities went visiting.  One of the families Sister Reeves visited was a family you should be familiar with because I baptised Lala.  If you look closely, you can see Sister Reeves, Sister ? (translator) Arun (I think), the Mom and Luan, Kiki, Lala, Luki, Moses, and Enso.  She asked the kids to sing the song they sang for her during her visit to their home.
 OK - Here's the YW photo op. with Sister Reeves.  This is the shot used in the Church News on-line article.
 Here's a shot I did for Rianti, Tian, Wati, and Koestejo with Elder and Sister Wilson.
 Here is the entire Stake Presidency with Elder and Sister Wilson and Brother and Sister Reeves.  The Presidency is for L to R: Choki, Rudi, Pres. Budi Utomo, President Budi Susanto, Pres. Ipung.

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