This past week, President Wagner took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and went to work with the elders. One night he worked in Vallarta with the zone leaders there, another night with the zone leaders in Union, then a night with the assistants, and then the zone leaders in Independencia.
On the first two nights they drove around in the car. On the third night he got to experience the city bus system and on the fourth night he walked, and walked, and walked—across fields, down through ravines and even hopped rocks across a river of raw sewage. And they walked very quickly. (So he was just a little bit sore the next morning.:-) But it was a great experience for him. Also on two of those nights Kathryn worked with the sister missionaries in the area and really enjoyed that as well.
Here are the elders he "walked, and walked, and walked" with.
Also this week we had the missionaries who work in our ward over for lunch! We aren't home very often, so we can't do this very much (and if we are home we are usually feeding the mission council, or those coming or going) but every few months we try to make time for them to come. It was fun visiting with them and they gave us a sweet message after the meal.
Sunday morning we headed out to a small town in one of our districts to attend church in their branch. We want to visit all of the branches over the course of the year, and we had never been to this branch before, so we were excited to go.
These great elders greeted us at the door.
The people in this branch were super friendly. And what surprised us was how many men were there! Usually small branches only have a few men, but this branch had many. I heard after the service that several of those men have just recently come back to church. What a blessing to have them!!
We didn't see any youth at the meeting but there were some absolutely darling primary children! I think if I were in this ward I would want to be in primary and just hug the kids all day. Here is a picture of the primary class with their teacher.
And then there were these two little guys. One is four and the other is five. It is their job to hand out all the hymn books before church and gather them up again afterward. Kathryn was holding her small green hymn book and one of the boys did a double take to make sure she wasn't stealing one from the church. These boys also invite all of their little friends over to their house on Monday nights for family night. Their mom was telling me that last week they had about 13 kids over. The father hadn't come home yet, so the five year old started conducting the meeting. I think we are looking at some future church leaders here.:-)
This dog was across the street from the church, up on the roof where he could keep a close eye on all that was happening.
This man stands at the entrance to the town to welcome everyone who comes (or threaten them, I am not sure which).
And finally, the beautiful greenery that surrounds this small town.