Trinidad & Tobago Mission / West Indies Mission Studies Doctrine Mormon
Comments: We love the Christmas season! Most importantly, it reminds us of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Then we reflect upon His life, His teachings, His example, and His great gift-His atoning sacrifice in our behalf. We love Moroni's final challenge to us: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." (Moroni 10:32)
We love the lights! Not only are they beautiful in their own right, but they remind us also about our Savior-the "Light" of the world. We love the beautiful Christmas carols. May we share the third verse of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." "How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv"n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav"n. No ear may hear his coming but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in."
We also love the third and fourth verses of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." "And in despair I bowed my head, "There is no peace on earth," I said, "For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men." Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men.""
With each passing year it seems we take a few more pills, forget a little more, find it harder to do yard work, BUT we are doing fine, and are extremely grateful for our overall health and strength. We have a time share at Capistrano Beach in Southern California, and enjoy our times there, with it's wonderful, clean, moist air. We also were able to spend a week at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains of Southern California, and enjoyed our time there, although we find it harder and harder to be in high altitudes.
Our special event of this year was going on a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands with our son Bill and his wife, Connie. We spent five days cruising over, visiting both the east and west coasts of the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui (where we visited a sea horse farm!), Kauai, and left the ship at Honolulu, where we stayed in a hotel on the beach at Waikiki for a couple of days before flying home. Of course, we visited the Polynesian Cultural Center. Both Bill and Connie had their 50th birthday in 2012, and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013. We"re enclosing a couple of pictures from this trip.
- Jane and Roy, Former Mission President