We attended Zone Conference on Friday and District Conference on Saturday and Sunday. They have both been very spiritual days, but very tiring. Elder and Sister Vanderbeek are a Senior Couple already here. We will help them out by taking over a Zone of Elders. Nine new Elders came to Suriname the same time we did. There will be 28 Missionaries in Suriname. They are all Elders and all of them ride bicycles.
Suriname is a flat country and is hard to get around. The people here speak Dutch, but many speak English. Our first day at Church many of the members came up to us and spoke English. They were impressed with Elder Gubler at how he spoke Dutch. It is a difficult language and one we are still going to work very hard at. President Mehr told us it would be all right to use English and if needed, get one of the members to translate for us. He really wants us out here to help take care of the Missionaries.
We had a sweet farewell with the Senior Couples in Trinidad. We've made some wonderful friends there and will miss them. It will take time to get use to this new country. It is different than Trinidad, but I think I will grow to love it here. Again, I'm thankful to be here.
Elders in Arima, Trinidad that we were over
Zone Leaders that we were over
Baptism in Sangre Grande for Rhonda
Two more Elders we were over
The Sisters we were over, Rhonda, and The Monsons
Elder Gubler walking to the Mission Office, we did it each
weekday morning in Trinidad
A SWAT vehicle. This is a company that provides security
protection in Trinidad.
Mission Office Sign
Elder Gubler at the Mission Office
Elder & Sister Ray at our farewell lunch
Elder & Sister Smith, the new couple. He's a Doctor,
Elder & Sister Monson
Elder Ray & Elder Gubler
Elder & Sister Ray, they took over the Browns. Our
Zone Conference in Suriname
Elder's choir at Zone Conference
Chapel in Suriname where District Conference was held