Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Icons of Halloween

 The islands of Samoa aren't exactly known as having witches, goblins, ghouls, evil spirits, or other traditional Halloween icons, but we have found a few special photos in our Samoan collection that might interest those with a passion for the season.

Although frogs aren't normally associated with Halloween, when they seem to show up in mass they tend to be quite disconcerting - along the lines of Hitchcock's movie The Birds. The frogs of Samoa are not the little frogs we are use to seeing in Utah, these are large bullfrogs that have an impressive leaping ability.  We have found that when the rains come, and by that I mean very heavy rains, the frogs seem to appear out of nowhere (or would it be more appropriate to say "out of everywhere").  The other night we were taking Elders Lamaroux and Larson home during a heavy rain and upon arriving at their house, we counted 14 frogs sitting on the front porch.  The elders seem to take pleasure in launching a few of them with their feet and I have to admit flattening a few more on the road than would have occurred normally.  I think the blue hue of the photo above provides the appropriate Halloween atmosphere for a picture of a frog.

The bats of Samoa are also quite impressive due to their large size.  The bat shown above will have a wing span of over two feet.  These are fruit bats that fly around in the early evening and seem to like to eat papaya.  They are really quite interesting to watch fly through our yard and although like all bats they can carry rabies, I think I am more concerned about all of the dogs that roam the streets with open wounds, missing hair, and limping on three legs.

And yes, one other traditional rodent of the season is the rat.  We provide a few mouse traps to our elders but most are interested in the much larger rat traps that we carry in our van.  Elder Smith had a rat that escaped from the trap only dazed, so he quickly scooped it up in a bucket, but then it came-to and tried to jump out of the bucket so after "screaming like a little girl" (his words), he stabbed it with a fork and had his companion take the photo.  (Yes, he threw the fork away)

Well, enough of the season of All Hallows' Eve.  I hope you and your goblins have an enjoyable time Trick or Treating.  I'm sure we will also, as long as we don't get a hard rain.

Pago Weekly Review thru October 30, 2015

Just when you think things are settling down, transfers occur.  We realize now this is an every 6 week event.  This was a big transfer as there were 13 new missionaries from the MTC.  That caused a big shuffle throughout the mission.  It was also a time for three of our favorite Pago elders to head for home after fulfilling their commitment to the Lord.  So, we get the itineraries, then next day we get new itineraries, then we find out we have two non-American citizens coming that needed visas, then an elder going home was not on the travel list, okay, you get the picture that it starts to get crazy.  After a while, the dust settles and we say good-bye and hello.  Our introduction to a missionary transfer cycle.  Here we are with Elder Howard (the one with the necklace) and his companion Elder Daley.  Below is Elder Seui on the left and Tu'itanu on the right.  He will be playing football for USU, we are going to have watch the Aggies.

Our new missionaries straight from the MTC are Sister Posche (right) from Arizona with her trainer Sister Aspinall; Elder Call from Heber, Utah with his trainer Elder Barclay; Elder Harmon from Texas.  You'll see him later at the end with his trainer Elder Leiataua.  This last week Elder Harmon came down with Dengue Fever a mosquito transmitted  tropic disease with severe fever and chills and possible hemorrhaging.  We brought him into the mission home and got to know him very well by taking care of him and feeding him for three days.  We sent him home yesterday and he will be weak for a few weeks as he recovers.  Remind me to put my mosquito repellent on.  We welcome, them all to our beautiful island and are cheering them on in learning the language and customs.

We have to say good-bye to some favorites who are being transferred to either Savai'i or Upolu and hope they grow even more in their testimonies and their missionary service - Elders Robertson, Afuvai and Sister Markowitz.

The last group are the ones being re-assigned to us from either Savai'i or Upolu and this is their first time on American soil.  We had to work around a few visa things to get them here in the American territory.  Elder Tukuago (left) is a new zone leader and Elder Leaitu (right) is a new trainer.  His companion is Elder Daley a new trainee from last transfer, who is now submerged (I think submerged means he is drowning in Samoan).

We love all these elders and sisters, it is amazing to watch them teach and testify.  Of course, they are 18-20 year olds and will do crazy things.  When they do crazy things like in the picture, it makes your heart melt.  Thanks for your happy birthday wishes.  You can't read all the greetings, but they all were so sweet.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sister Schaefermeyer's Scary Birthday

My wife has never been too excited about having a birthday so close to Halloween.  However, tomorrow is birthday number 65 so it is only appropriate that such a scary number of years is celebrated near Halloween.

I hope that she has had a good year and is fairly comfortable in her new situation as an Area Technology Missionary serving in Samoa.  It's been interesting to see how she has grown in this calling.  Our superiors in SLC have asked what the "spouse"in a technology couple does, as if there is only one of us who can do the work.  Well my answer is that we are pretty well equally yoked to the assignment.  Shanna has learned a lot about the technology right along with me and it's kind of funny to see her get as excited and passionate about technology as she used to get about Family History.  But I guess the two are closely related.  Now she spends her time imaging computers, setting up the users, downloading the drivers, copying the church media files, upgrading firewalls, as well as playing medical recorder and nurse maid.

I'm sure you realize that she is struggling with not being able to be with our children and grandchildren but she is dedicated to the work and the calling given to us.  We really do love working with the missionaries and sharing in their achievements, problems, triumphs, sorrows, and of course medical problems.  Through them we have gained a whole lot of new sons and daughters who we love dearly.  The four new Elders that arrived a few weeks ago are called "sons" by their trainers which I guess makes them our four "grandsons" so she has had triplets and quads this month that she is watching grow and develop.

I appreciate all that she does for me, which is a trite saying, but one that is written with true gratitude and amazement at her dedication and sense of responsibility to me, our family, and to the Lord.  She is truly an amazing woman and a wonderful daughter of God whom I love dearly.

I love her and hope I can do all that is necessary to keep up with her in this life and in the eternities.  Happy Birthday to my wonder wife and eternal companion, Sister Schaefermeyer.

The Miracles We Call Grandchildren

The total is nine!  In just three short weeks, four new grandchildren were added to our family.  Each one is a miracle; they are all perfect - of course we are biased.  With three perfect children of our own; three perfect spouses what else but perfect grandchildren.

Today's blog has nothing to do with our mission activities; it is for our scrapbook of memories.  We can't hold our grandchildren. love them, and listen to their stories right now, but with modern means our children are sending us pictures, posting to Facebook and our favorite, Facetime.  We have been able to watch Curt feed Jesse and Lauren and talk to Ali, Mason and Tyce.  It makes the distance seem so much less and it eases my homesickness.  I have to admit as the days go by, I love the work we are doing, but I long to be home holding the babies and watching all the others grow and play and learn.  Yes, Adrian, Curt and Marc, my heart is softer and I hope I'm a better grandmother than mother.

Now I've had my pity party, here are the latest and greatest pictures of our grandchildren:
Starting with the oldest two, Taylor (left) and Cameron (right).  They are finding rock formations in St. George.  Cameron is now in 8th grade and Taylor is in 6th grade.

This is one cute family picture of Tyce, Mason, Ali and Kacy.  I love the smiles from ear to ear.  Tyce is still our little smurf; Ali will always be our first little girl and Mason is just happy in his whole first year of school.

This picture is little Kacy at two weeks.  What a precious little bundle.  She is growing so fast and by everything we hear, she is the perfect baby.

The last three are truly a miracle.  Our family triplets - Lauren, Brookelyn and Jesse.  On Sunday, we enjoyed watching Curt feed Jesse and Lauren.  I love seeing our sons taking their rightful role as father and caregiver and working along side their wives to raise the children.  That brings joy to my heart.

This is the first picture of all three babies together  - now we can show the world that there really are three of them.  Lauren is on the left, Brookelyn in the center and Jesse on the right.  I have to put in here what Curt and Melanee have told us - Lauren is nicknamed the 'Queen'.  She has the most to say and demands attention.  She also is the one who holds out for all the options before participating.  Brookelyn is the best eater and is the most serious to get to it and get it over with.  By the look on Jesse's face, you can tell he is the worrier.  Look at those knit eyebrows and that concerned look.  Can't wait until they all get that tape mustache off!

We really have no idea of the size of these babies.  However, when we see pictures like Jesse getting a bath by Curt or a size comparison like the picture of Jesse's head in Curt's hand, we see how tiny and delicate these children are.  They have a long way to go, but they are off to a terrific start.

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 13, 2015, Tuesday - Birth Day of Lauren, Brookelyn and Jesse

Melanee gave birth to the triplets around 1:00 p.m. on October 13, 2015 at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City.  What a MIRACLE.  This page is full of the first week of pictures.  Curt and Melanee have called us and we were able to Facetime and see the babies and we have certainly enjoyed the up-to-date conversations about their progress. We were able to see them in the NICU even though I have a terrible cold.  Technology is great!

Lauren was born first and weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces and was 17 inches long.  Even though she was first and biggest, she need to be on a ventilator for a couple of days as her lungs were not functioning as well as they should have.  However, by Friday, she joined her two siblings in the NICU Level 2 and is now doing fine.

Brookelyn was born second and weighed 4 pounds 3 ounces and was 16.5 inches.  She is the shortest, has not had any problems and is the best eater according to Melanee.

Jesse was born third (we can't say last because he is part of a threesome).  He weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces and is 17 inches long.  His sisters are picking on him already.  This picture is just after he was born and really shows us a true miracle.

How can a small area (I'm sure Melanee didn't thick it was small) pack so much baby and have them all look so great.  All are perfect with no defects and even with hair that you can see - our children had such light hair that we couldn't see it for several months.

I have shed a few tears because I would love to hold them at this stage in their lives.  But, I will have to turn this over to my parents, Neala and Louis, Adrian, Marc and Brittney for now and of course all the angels in our ward that will be helping.  Well, I'll also give Crystal some holding time; congratulations to the McLeans, also.

We are so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who has watched over this pregnancy and these children.  He has sent them to a special home and into our hearts to love.  Welcome, welcome to our family -- Lauren, Brookelyn and Jesse Schaefermeyer!!!!

The latest update today, Sunday, is that all the IVs have been removed from all the babies.  They are eating from bottles with supplemented mother's milk, however each still has a feeding tube in their nose  for those times when they are too tired to feed very well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pago Weekly Review - October 11, 2015

This week has been a whirlwind - it started with a phone call on Monday from the Assistants to the President telling us they were coming for missionary interviews on Thursday and Friday.  They wanted us to have some food prepared, make arrangements for a meeting place and help get visas for a trainer and one of the APs.  Sounds like something we can work on.  Because all of our missionaries will be coming in to the Malaeimi chapel, we could meet them there to resupply and give reimbursements during their interviews.

Well, last Friday we took the east ZLs van into the shop and it was diagnosed with a bad brake boot; it was not cleared by the garage for driving and there isn't a replacement on the island, so we were down one ZLs van to transport missionaries.  No problem, we would be available to help shuttle.  We go buy food and get all other things ready.  The PBO office van is not available because Elder Fata (regional 70) is coming in to preside at a stake conference.

Above is a picture of Elders Vaai and Kanae with Elder Bate the AP in the middle.  On the street is the best place to meet the missionaries.  (Elder Kanae on the right is the elder who lost his grandmother.  Elder Vaai on the left is the elder who didn't loose his grandmother!)

Next day we get a call and the mission president and office couple are trying to figure out how to circumvent the visa regulations - 3 weeks time to obtain a visa is normal; they give us 2 days.  They send the forms and information needed, but it's no go - now only one AP, President and Sister Hanneman and the two sister trainers will be here.  We buy the food and make the preparations.

Next day, word comes that President and Sister are having a difficult problem in Apia they must deal with and will not come until Friday. Interview arrangements are postponed from Thursday and Friday, to Friday and Saturday. plans are changed, everyone notified, meal plans modified. Next day, we are told that President and Sister Haneman are not going to be able to make it at all.  Missionary interviews are now cancelled.  I had already made the chicken salad and bought pineapple and papaya that had to be eaten.  Plan D - The Assistant to the President will meet with district and zone leaders and we will furnish the lunch (a stripped down version of what was planned).  All missionaries need reimbursement for bus rides, so it's on the road for us.

We transport the AP (Elder Bate) and the two sister trainers (Sister Davies and Sister Uili).  So again one side of the island to other in one day - this is getting old.  We are asked to get Ropeti Lesa, to speak for the President at the Stake Conference as he is a councilor and to make all arrangements for this.

We had been invited by Stake President Tuitele to a stake cultural activity on Friday evening prior to their stake conference activities.  We just barely made it and were ushered to the head table seated next to Sister Fata.  We know the Fata's they live across the street from our summer home in Apia and have met them and traded food.  This was delightful.  In order to eat, you have to earn it, so you have to dance.  All the Samoan brothers and sisters at our table -stake president and wife, counselors, Elder and Sister Fata, and President and Sister Lesa - dance in the Samoan style.  We danced the swing.  Then they start with the food.  First we were each given a niu (coconut) a bottle of water, and a bottled fruit juice. Then appetizers of fruit salad, and biscuits in hot coconut cream -   while each ward does a 5 minute dance, play or song.   Everyone in the wards gets involved. Most of the wards had on matching outfits, not t-shirts but tops and lava lavas.  Each ward was sitting together and they had all brought food. Look at the table behind the picture with the sister in yellow and you will see a table full of styrofoam containers one for each person.  After the program, it was dinner time - lots and lots and lots of food - pork, fish, chicken, pulasami, salad, taro, and breadfruit.  Then we at the head table were each presented with a huge platter (like one of those party trays with the plastic cover) of food to take home. It really was a great event.

The week ended with a wonderful Pago Pago Samoa West Stake Conference.  We find more and more that we have to bend and stretch and go-with-the-flow at every turn.  Theron had to help with the technology at the stake conference so that the video could be seen and the translation equipment worked.  Sources of electrical interference were located and turned off, transmitter properly tuned and equipment powered up.  Oh, one other good thing about the week was that the only 6 elders came over with colds and sniffles; but none needed to go to the hospital or clinic.

All of this was done during some of the worst rains we have had since arriving.  It rains each day several times and then several time during the night.  No wonder the elders have colds; no sisters with colds yet.

The best part of our week is helping the missionaries.  The ward by us usually provides a computer for them for e-mail, but it was in for replacement so they came to our house.  These are Sisters Markowitz and Aspinall.  The elders below are Elder Howard (going home in one week) and Elder Daley (just arrived three weeks ago).  We fed them breakfast and turned them loose on four (of the five) computers we have at our home.  While they typed home, we FaceTimed with Curt on his last day of freedom before THE birth and Googled with Marc and Brit and family while watching Neala hold OUR grandaughter!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kacy Marie Schaefermeyer, October 5, 2015

What a wonderful day it is when you wake up to a call that Brittney just delivered a beautiful, healthy, lovable, baby girl - 6 pounds 10 inches, 20 inches long.  Welcome to the Schaefermeyer family Kacy Marie.  Our prayers were answered as we have prayed for both Brittney and Kacy that all would be well and each would be healthy.

Thanks to Marc and Brittney for these first pictures.  We can't wait to hug her and get to know her, one year from now!  Hope it goes fast.
Our two granddaughters! 

 Wow, what a choice family - Love and Kisses Mason, Ali, Tyce and Kacy.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

General Conference, October 2 and 3, 2015

Yesterday during Conference, I was thinking about when Theron and Kendall were Tabernacle Ushers and had to be at the Tabernacle early in the morning and stay until at least an hour past the afternoon session.  Because he was not home during conference, I would take the kids down to Temple Square between the morning and afternoon session with a picnic lunch.  We would spread our blanket out on the Tabernacle lawn and enjoy our lunch.  Theron would have a little time before they started seating people so he would take the kids into the Tabernacle and show them the choir seats, where the prophet sits, the cameras and all sorts of things that other kids never get to see. When the afternoon session started, we would listen to the first couple of talks and the kids were young so that was about all they could endure.  I enjoyed these years of attending conference on a blanket on the Tabernacle lawn.

Being with the missionaries, brought a joy for this General Conference.  Having a few of our elders over Saturday morning was a big plus, also.  We have BYUTV at the house so we watch at home.  For us, the morning session began at 5:00 a.m., the afternoon session at 9:00 a.m. and Priesthood was at 1:00 p.m.  Each talk touched my heart and had a special message that I would like to share in this blog.

My intent is for my family and friends who read this blog to know of my testimony of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, my appreciation for his atoning sacrifice and my firm belief that the prophets of today are leading us and guiding us through these latter days.  Each talk seemed to confirm that I need to strengthen my discipleship and relationship with the Holy Ghost.

President Uchtdorf expresses things so plainly.  I loved this: Exaltation is our goal, discipleship is our journey.    I need to remember where the center of the gospel is and where my gospel center should be as described in Elder Maynes' story of the potter's wheel.

I am going to pray as Elder Lawrence's prompted and ask: 'What is keeping me from progression? What lack I yet?'  This leads to developing the attributes about light that President Monson challenged us to obtain.

Elder Holland and Elder Nelson both gave wonderful talks on mothers and women.  I thought much about our girls.  I'm so proud of Adrian for desiring to be a mother above all other things.  I'm delighted to have two wonderful daughter's-in-law who are special mothers.  Brittney does such great activities and encourages their children and in talking with Melanee, she is so looking forward to motherhood and is giving up a very good job to take on a great job of raising three children at one time.  These talks were for them!  Elder Foster's comment, 'don't let society and social media change the family to the image of the world.'  Stand strong my children.

I'm accepting Elder Durrant's challenge to 'ponderize'.  I have a difficult time memorizing but I intend on taking this challenge to not only improve my mind, but improve my understanding and testimony.

As always, I loved Elder Bednar's talk.  This one was so personal for him and it is another goal of mine to read the last two conference talks of each of the six apostles he mentioned to learn what they so wisely knew before they left us.  As he said quoting Elder Hales, 'When you cannot do what you have always done, you do the things that are most important.'

This blog post is my attempt to give advice, remember that I know these things, and improve my understanding and testimony of the gospel.  These are challenging times, stay strong and don't lose your testimonies to the wiles and whims of the world.  Stay the course.  As Sister Marriott said, "It will all work out."
Love Mom

Pago Weekly Events - October 3, 2015

Last week was all about our missionary care, we need to bring everyone up on to date on our technology assignment.  In each chapel, there should be a locked internet cabinet that has a firewall and modem and any other internet devices that are needed.  The FM supervisor for Pago has been hiring a private contractor to install these items.  He wants his crews to do this, but no one understands what needs to be done.  Hence, we arrive and Theron knows how to install the electrical, internet and all other items.  On each cabinet there is a reset switch mounted on the wall so clerks and others can reset the firewall and modem when there is electrical or internet problems.

This week, Theron taught 6 FM crew members how to do an installation.  They were eating this up and really enjoyed it.  Theron had them cover the wires with wire molding, make sure the insulation on the CAT5 end was at the connector, explained what the wires and colors represented on the wires, and even how to measure a correct length of cable.  They were using the crimpers and CATV tester that we brought with us and it was fun to see them all coming to look at whether their cable passed the test.  The teaching/installation lasted about 5 hours and they were right there with him all the way.  It was so fun to see how proud they were when we finished.  They even swept the floor and cleaned up.

We have scheduled a second teaching/installation for this coming week and then will write up all the buildings that need cabinets and reset switches and will monitor their progress.

Pago Weekly Review - September 30

This past week has been a hospital-go-around (like merry-go-around only longer and not as fun).

Tuesday, September 23, we had just settled in for a scheduled new missionary trainee and trainer orientation meeting for the 12-Week program.  We had eight missionaries at our house and we had just finished the opening prayer.  (left to right, Elders: Speakman, Erickson, Reid, Bybee, Harn, Daley, Lamaroux, Larson).

The phone rings, 'Hi, this is Elder Tua'itanu (the zone leader in the east zone), we were doing a zone service project today and Elder Kanae just cut his leg with a machete.  We are on our way to the hospital.'  Okay.  Theron had to conduct the training, so hospital duty fell to me.  I arrive at the hospital a little after 10:00 a.m. just before the elders.  Kanae's leg has a dirty rag soaked with blood wrapped around his ankle.  Elder Leiataua stayed with us and the rest of the zone left to go get cleaned up and ready for the rest of the day.  This is my first time at the hospital so we work through registration.  By 1:30 p.m., we were still waiting to be seen by the doctor.  I had our van and our only phone.  Theron had finished with the training, they were eating lunch, we decided that I should come home so we could transport the elders back to their areas.  It took us until about 3:30 p.m. to get all the elders to their areas and then back to the hospital.  Elder Kanae had just gone in for treatment.  The cut was 2.5 inches long, quite deep but not quite to the bone, they put in 5 stitches (as they are conservative with medical supplies) and he received a prescription for an antibiotic.  Now we go to the pharmacy and draw number 76, they are on 52.  About one hour later, we get to the window and get the prescription.  Now to drive the elders back to Kanae's house on the far east end of the island.  We are all hungry and treat the elders to McDonalds which is on the way.

While we are way out on the east end, we decide to drive to the furthest east end elders in Tulao, about another 30 minutes.  We meet the two elders there and give reimbursement for bus fare which saves us a trip for Wednesday.

When taking the trainees and trainers back, Elder Harn (a trainer) asked if he could talk to us.  He starts to explain how he is getting sick each time he goes to a fa'fanga (dinner) and how he gags and has lots of acid that comes up.  This is the first we have heard of his issues and call the mission nurse who informs us of his gastro-intestinal problem.  He had been sick in his first area in Savai'i with the same problem.  The mission nurse is worried.

Wednesday, September 24, the new mission president and his wife along with the APs, are coming in at 9:30 a.m.  We go to the airport to meet them.  They are very wonderful people and we are both relieved and delighted.  They are here for Mission Leadership Council for Pago.  The president wants to spend the day with the missionaries so he rents a car and goes out to visit.  He served here as a missionary and has relatives here so he is very familiar with the places.  We finish our Wednesday missionary visits and are now fielding calls from the mission nurse about Elder Harn.  She needs to talk with the president and we call to find him; his phone isn't working on this island.  Finally, we get in touch and he meets us at our house.  We talk about Elder Harn's condition; we call a PA, Tele Hill, who helps us with medical on Pago.  They determine to have Harn go to the hospital.  The president wants to do this, we give him our phone so he can be in touch.  At 10:30 p.m. (only 4.5 hours later) the mission president and his wife make it back to the house for the evening.  Harn is scheduled for an appointment with a surgeon on Monday.
l-r (back)Manumaleuga, AP, Sister Hanneman, Erickson, President Hanneman, Afuvai, Tua/itanu, Leiataua, Bate, me, Theron
(front) Robertson, Taufaaili, Howard
Thursday, September 25, we arrange for lunch for the MLC meeting.  We do some of our work, get lunch there and everyone fed then we get the president and others off to the airport.  We needed to go to Tulao and update their firewall, so it's another trip to the far east of the island - travel is not easy at 20 - 25 mph the whole way.  We can't get the firewall to update, so we bring it to our house which means one more trip to the east side before Sunday.

Saturday was setting up for the Women's Session of Conference and then attending.  I cried through the frist two talks when they showed the pictures of the little babies and talked about holding little babies.  I still struggle with not being home when Brittney's and Melanne's babies are born. Saturday night, the phone starts ringing.  Sister Laban who has gone through a course of antibiotics for a boil on her bottom lip calls and tells us it is not healing.  It is swollen and hard.  Elder Sparks calls and he is still having stomach issues and diarrhea.  On Sunday, we talk with Tele at Church and then she goes with us to another building after Church to look at both these missionaries.  She recommends going to the hospital for one and the clinic for the other.  We take Sister Laban on Sunday to the hospital and spend another 4 hours there just to get another course of stronger antibiotics.  Monday we take Elder Sparks to the clinic where he is asked to give a stool, blood, and urine test and then to the hospital to deliver these.

The week is now started and we get word that Harn's appointment has been re-scheduled to Wednesday.  Okay to make a long, long story a little shorter.  On Wednesday after a 6 hour wait, Harn sees the surgeon, he decides not to do a scope only a consult, and recommends that Harn see a Gastrointestinal doctor, however, there isn't a GI on the island.  So it's home to talk with President, nurse, parents and the decision comes back that he will need to go back to Arizona (home) for further medical treatment.  He is devastated as is his companion Elder Daley.  Friday evenings are the Hawaii flight nights.  Harn leaves at 11:20 p.m. after much turmoil; he is a good missionary and we are saddened to have to send him off, but it really is for the best.  Our worry and our prayers have been for his companion Elder Daley; a missionary in the field for only 3 weeks and in training.

It's amazing to me how much you care, pray for, love and encourage these young men and sisters.  They refer to us as their spiritual parents and we only hope we give the correct guidance and sufficient love.  We await now for Elder Daley's new assignment; the thing we want the most if for him to start out correctly and gain the necessary training to be the effective missionary he is capable of becoming.