She is 63, a widow and has one son on a mission and one working construction in Manila, a daughter getting ready for a mission and also a son 17 living with her. She is sweet and I think hoping to make enough money to be able to go on the temple trip to Manila in November. Here they ride a bus that costs them P400 ($8.00) and P 800 ($16.00) if they hire an air conditioned bus which no one has the money to do. They ride in a non air conditioned bus for 12+ hours to the Manila temple.
We should count our blessings 100 times over for the chance to have the Sacramento temple so close to us. Socorro is a blessing to us and I hope the extra money will be a blessing to her.
We had a training meeting at 4pm in Naga with the Stake employment committee. Our graduating leaders:
We didn't start home until 7:30 and it is always a nerve wracking ride along these 2 lanes narrow and I mean narrow roads-at night. We have people walking along the side that have no lights or reflectors of any kind. Then you have the motor cycles and tricees have a light but I think they are trying to save the bulb because they only use it when a car is approaching them in the opposite lane and then they just blink it on and off a couple times to let you know they are there. If you try to pass a big truck you have to try about 5-7 times or more because you start and then you see the motor bike or tricee, or goats or dog and you have to swerve back in. It is treacherous and by the time we get home my blood pressure is sky high. These highways are just part of our big adventure here.
This is our car:
This is a tricee, it is a little motorcycle with a passenger seat on the side:
This is how they load up the tricee. They do this and more:
This is a pudjack, it's like a tricee but instead of a motorcycle it is a little bike:
Yesterday September 26 we had a career work shop here in Legazpi with the Stake, bishops and all the ward and stake employment specialist were invited. We were so pleased to have almost the whole Stake Presidency about 24 in all. This is on a Saturday and lasts 8 hours but we add hour training on to the front so 9 hours and all most everyone stayed. The saints here really are interested and working hard to try to grasp this church employment concept.
That's not all the action when you could see the volcano this week; it looked like a lot more smoke than usual was spewing out of the top. It sounds like National Geographic here this month doesn't it?