Senior’s Conference

This week we traveled to Barbados to attend a ‘Senior’s Conference’ where all the senior missionaries in the mission came together for training, and to share information with each other, and to get to know each other (since most of us live on separate islands and never actually see each other!), and to have some ‘down time.’

It was a great experience. We arrived late on Monday and were taken to the Mission Home for dinner (we had never seen the mission home before, just the office). We stayed at a local hotel close to the mission home with most of the other senior missionaries.

On Tues we went to the mission home for training and participated in some panel discussions about problems and concerns we faced in the mission, and in our specific callings. That afternoon we went to visit a house where George Washington slept… sounds kind of weird, but it was actually interesting! That night we all went out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant, and celebrated Sister Richmond’s b-day.

11-17, 15-030 (1)  Group shot at George Washington’s house in Barbados. From left to right:

Sister and Elder Goddard, Terri, Elder Monk, Sister and Elder Richmond, Kevan, Sister and Elder Turner, Sister and Elder Horne, Sister Monk, Sister & Pres. Herrington

11-18, 15-105 (2) Group shot at the animal reserve we went to on Weds afternoon. Back row L to R:

Elder and Sister Horne, Pres Eclair (counselor in the Mission Presidency), Kevan & Terri, Elder & Sister Turner (our main office couple), Sister Richmond, Sister & Elder Monk, Sister Herrington. Down in front: Sister & Elder Goddard, Elder Richmond, Pres Herrington Clawsons

Terri and I at a secluded area in the animal park

Group Miss Home

Group shot at the mission home: Top to bottom: Elder & Sister Goddard, Sister & Elder Horne, Sister & Elder Turner, Terri, Pres Eclair, Kevan, Sister & Elder Richmond, Sister & Elder Monk, Sister & Pres Herrington

IMG_5127View from our hotel room– not bad, eh?

IMG_5128 IMG_5129  Breakfast at the hotel before going tot he mission homeIMG_5130 IMG_5131 IMG_5132 Mission home  IMG_5135 IMG_5136 IMG_5137 Terri relaxing out by the pool before our meetings start IMG_5138 IMG_5141 IMG_5142 IMG_5143 IMG_5145 IMG_5146 IMG_5147 IMG_5149  The Assistents to the President working hard… (Elder Broadbent & Cox)

Sister Richmond receiving a birthday cake (one of several times we sang happy birthday!)  IMG_5152  IMG_5154 IMG_5156 IMG_5157  Terri taking a break…by talking on the phone to sick missionaries! She was on the phone most of the time…IMG_5158 IMG_5159 Here starts a small tour of the house where George Washington slept (it wasn’t his home, just a home he stayed at for a couple of months…). It is their claim on Barbados that this two months were formative for George: he learned his farming here, he made his decision to join the military, and he had smallpox–which later saved his life, as he was forever immune from the disease, and when it went through the ranks of the Colonial army during the Revolutionary war, it saved his life. IMG_5160 IMG_5161 This is the house IMG_5163 Wasn’t it tough to live back in the late 1700s? IMG_5164 Georges room IMG_5165 His brother’s room (they came to Barbados to try to heal his brother, but he died anyway) IMG_5166 IMG_5167 IMG_5168 IMG_5169 The one real piece of original wood in the home….

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The colonial kitchen of the time

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This thing is great! Any idea what it is? It is a water filter system. The three stone containers are made out of porous limestone. You filled the top stone with water, then it dripped through the stone to the next container, and then the next. By the time it got down to the bottom, it was clean water. It is the reason water on Barbados is so good: they have natural limestone that filters their water here (the same was true on Tinian)

IMG_5179 IMG_5180 IMG_5181 IMG_5182 IMG_5184 IMG_5185 IMG_5186 Terri taking a moment after a long day of phone calls IMG_5187   IMG_5190 Sister Turner by the cannon IMG_5191 They had underground tunnels to be able to move between buildings  IMG_5193 This is our hotel IMG_5212 IMG_5213 Some pics of our dinner out on Tuesday. Weds we ate at the mission home IMG_5215 IMG_5216  IMG_5218 IMG_5220 Sister Richmond and her birthday candle IMG_5223 IMG_5224 IMG_5225 more pics of the mission home. It is 5,000 SF, has a pool and lots of room IMG_5226 IMG_5227 IMG_5228 IMG_5229

Here are some pics of the animal park we went to Weds afternoon. There were hundreds of turtles, monkeys, deer, etc.

IMG_5230 IMG_5233 IMG_5234 IMG_5235 IMG_5236 IMG_5237 IMG_5239 IMG_5243 IMG_5245 IMG_5246 IMG_5247  feeding time at the parkIMG_5248 IMG_5249 IMG_5254 IMG_5255 IMG_5258 IMG_5259 IMG_5261  IMG_5267 IMG_5268 IMG_5269 IMG_5272 IMG_5273 IMG_5275 IMG_5276 IMG_5277 IMG_5279 IMG_5280 IMG_5281 IMG_5282 IMG_5283 IMG_5285 IMG_5286 IMG_5287 IMG_5288 IMG_5293 IMG_5296 IMG_5297 IMG_5300 IMG_5301 IMG_5302 The Turners by the ‘love birds’ cage  IMG_5306 IMG_5308  Richmonds and Pres EclairIMG_5309

Pres & Sister Herrington and the Richmonds

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The Hornes

IMG_5312 The Monks IMG_5313  The Herringtons IMG_5315 IMG_5317 IMG_5318 The Clawsons IMG_5319 IMG_5320 IMG_5321 IMG_5323

The HornesIMG_5325 The Turners IMG_5328 The Richmonds IMG_5330 The Goddards IMG_5331 IMG_5332 The Monks IMG_5335  A few street scenes of BarbadosIMG_5336 IMG_5337 IMG_5338 IMG_5339 IMG_5340 IMG_5341 IMG_5342 IMG_5344 IMG_5351 IMG_5354 IMG_5355 IMG_5358 IMG_5359 IMG_5361 IMG_5362 IMG_5363 IMG_5364 IMG_5366 IMG_5367 IMG_5368 IMG_5371 IMG_5372 IMG_5374 IMG_5376 IMG_5377 IMG_5380 IMG_5381 IMG_5384 IMG_5385 IMG_5387 IMG_5389 IMG_5390 IMG_5391 IMG_5392 IMG_5399 IMG_5406 IMG_5409 IMG_5410 IMG_5412 IMG_5414 IMG_5415 IMG_5416 IMG_5417 IMG_5418 IMG_5420 IMG_5423 IMG_5424 IMG_5425 IMG_5426 IMG_5429 IMG_5431 IMG_5433 IMG_5435 IMG_5436 IMG_5437 IMG_5439 IMG_5440 IMG_5441 IMG_5442 IMG_5443 IMG_5444 IMG_5446 IMG_5448 IMG_5449 IMG_5451 IMG_5452 IMG_5456 IMG_5457 IMG_5460 IMG_5462 IMG_5464 IMG_5465 IMG_5466 IMG_5467 IMG_5468 IMG_5471 IMG_5472 IMG_5473 IMG_5478 IMG_5479 IMG_5481 IMG_5482 IMG_5484 IMG_5485 IMG_5486 IMG_5487 IMG_5489 IMG_5492 IMG_5493 IMG_5494 IMG_5497 IMG_5498 On the way back from the animal park we all stopped at a beach for a short walk IMG_5499 IMG_5500 IMG_5501 IMG_5502 IMG_5503 IMG_5504 IMG_5505 IMG_5506 IMG_5507 IMG_5508 IMG_5509 IMG_5513 IMG_5518 IMG_5519 IMG_5520 IMG_5521 IMG_5522 IMG_5529 IMG_5532 IMG_5533 IMG_5535 IMG_5536 IMG_5538 IMG_5539 IMG_5540 IMG_5541 IMG_5543 IMG_5544 IMG_5548 IMG_5549 IMG_5554 IMG_5555 IMG_5558 IMG_5561 IMG_5562 IMG_5572 IMG_5573 IMG_5595 IMG_5596 IMG_5597  Getting ready for dinner Weds night. After dinner we held a testimony meeting. It was quite powerful, as many (actually all but Terri and I) couples will be going home soon! By March Terri and I will be the oldest couple, as all the others will have gone home… We do have other couples coming, but not enough! Know anyone?IMG_5598  IMG_5604 We flew home on Thursday and got in late. We went to Correlation Meeting at 6pm, then headed back out to the airport to pick-up our two sisters who were coming back from training with the Sister Training Leaders.

The next morning I went on my normal morning walk–it was a beautiful day, and we are beginning to see a lot of large boats coming in for the holidays! IMG_5605 While in Barbados we had the opportunity to see Sister Robinson and her new companion Sister Knudsen. We were able to eat breakfast with them before we left, and talk to them about Barbados and their work there.

It is good to be ‘home’ in St Martin! Tonight Terri teaches Seminary, and Saturday we have two baptisms. We have to get back to work!

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1 Response to Senior’s Conference

  1. LaWren Booth says:

    Thank you for sharing the photos of the mission home … It is beautiful! Your couples conference looked so nice. Enjoyed the history about George Washington, the animal park, and street scenes. I am curious why so many missionaries are calling Terri for their illnesses. Is the water or food bad on some of the islands? We are studying our French but finding it hard to concentrate as we are helping with our two newborn grand babies. We are excited to learn we will be in a new wave of missionaries !

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