Thursday, October 23, 2008

On our way to work each morning we drive past this beautiful Jacaranda tree with its myriad of violet colored flowers. It has been invaded by a bougenvillia bush that is much darker purple. Together they have engulfed and almost consumed the lonely street light. It is simply an amazing sight. These purple trees are all over the city. Some 30 or 40 years ago someone imported tens of thousands of these trees and we are now the beneficiaries of their vision. The streets are lined with these beautiful, stately trees. When the wind blows the beautiful flowers shower down on the street leaving a purple blanket everywhere.

Following our recent mission presidents seminar Pam put on the famous family chicken Bar-b-que for all the attendees, including Elder and Sister Holland. It was a highlight for everyone.

We were so blessed to be taught for 3 days by Elder & Sister Holland and Elder and Sister Snow. Serving in South Africa is an amazing experience. It never ceases to amaze me that we can watch general conference live via sattelite television and that we get to watch "Music and the Spoken Word" every Sunday evening live on BYU TV. We continue to learn what is really meant when we say that we enjoy a fullness of the gospel.

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