Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas parties in Teaoraereke 2nd and Moroni wards

Elder Waldron leading the Y/M in a chorus of  Angels We Have Heard on High and Jingle Bells.  The pic includes our missionaries, Elders Whitehead and Aliksa, and Bureieta, the Y/M president.

The R/S was on hand to deliver a local favorite.

The YSA did the Christmas play.

Pretty sure this is Mary on the donkey with Joseph. By the way, the donkey just got his mission call to PPNG and Mary is going to the Phillippines.   All the above pics were at the Teaoraereke 2nd ward party.  

Moroni Ward's party was equally fun and we were invited because we are soon moving to the campus.
Sister Solomone is telling the meaning of the Christmas tree and ornaments.  Brother Tune is the tree.  He's a good sport.  Having served as a bishop and stake president before the stake was divided, he is now the manager of the service center.  He is widely and well known by all on the island and even among the heads of state.  When he talks, everyone listens.  The kids are enjoying putting the ornaments on his fingers, ears, etc.

The Bishop, er ah, Santa is giving out some Christmas presents to the primary children in attendance.

Sis Anetta, who is the school nurse besides the R/S president, is collecting a gift for her child from Santa.

I think he has just promised Elder Waldron his favorite Christmas surprise.

Brother and Sister Cross are icons on the island.  He, from Australia, married a local and has lived here ever since.  A contractor by trade, he built most of the original Moroni High and several of the chapels.  Retired now, they live in Bikenibeu but attend the Moroni Ward (the only English speaking ward on the island).

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