AUGUST: INTO THE 8th MONTH of the MISSION – ALREADY!

SAMOAN CLUB

BSA at BYUH stands for BYUH Student Associations (not Boy Scouts of America).  The BSA’s must have advisors to approve and attend any off-campus activities.  The advisors enjoy the clubs activities and get to know students.  Elder and Sister McCollum serve as advisors/mentors for the Samoan Club at BYUH.  For example, students who are not from Samoa are invited to join the club and learn of the cultural habits, food, music, dancing etc of Samoa.  The club holds a Forum meeting once a month on Sunday evening.  These young people are amazing; they harmonize beautifully when they sing the opening and closing hymns.

Two young women are honoured (front row centre of photo): one will leave on a mission shortly and another recently joined the club.  It turns out this new club member is from Chilliwack, BC, Canada; Jennifer T. is part Samoan.

Samoan Summer Forum Meeting

Samoan Summer Forum Meeting – Elder McCollum is the photographer

BABY SHOWER

Our first "missionary invite" to a baby shower

Our first “missionary invite” to a baby shower

Yuki is a Japanese student who works part time in the CAS office, is a BYUH student in her last semester and a TESOL intern (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). A surprise baby shower is planned to celebrate the upcoming birth of her first baby. Yuki is totally surprised; baby showers are not an event in Japan!  Guests go together and buy a stroller which thrills both the soon-to-be mommy and daddy.

Group photo at the baby shower.

Group photo at the baby shower.

Like most baby showers, games must be played! Sister McCollum’s baby does not drink his bottle the fastest so she does win the prize.

Mama (Sister McCollum) feeds her baby (Elder McCollum)

Mama (Sister McCollum) feeds her baby (Elder McCollum)

SABBATH DAY “Trust the Lord”

Campus Church Building

Campus Church Building

The first Sunday of each month is called, “FAST SUNDAY”, by members of the LDS faith, not because the meeting starts and ends fast or quickly but because it is the time set apart once a month for members to go without two meals and donate the saved money to help the poor. Going without food is also the time to turn to spiritual concerns or needs; as one feels the pangs of hunger, one is reminded to ponder and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Elder and Sister McCollum still attend the monthly Senior Missionary Pot Luck Dinner held at a beautiful but small luau venue at the PCC with a waterfall and beautiful bushes and trees.

Laie Temple Grunds

Laie Temple Grounds just before Sunset

Sunday afternoons and evenings, many families and couples are seen walking around the grounds of the temple, taking photos and visiting.

One Sunday in 3rd Ward, Married Student Stake of Laie, Hawaii,  the Stake Relief Society President (Women’s organization in The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS) speaks and reminds everyone that the Sabbath Day is the day to resolve issues of the past week; a day to turn our worries and short comings over to our Saviour as we partake of the Sacrament.

Blessing the Bread and Water.

Blessing the Bread and Water.

For a work-day morning devotional in the CAS office, Sister McCollum chooses to share the Sacrament Prayers: Doctrine and Covenants Section 20, verses 77, 79

77 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ,

to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it,

that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son,

and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father,

that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son,

and always remember him

and keep his commandments which he has given them;

that they may always have his Spirit to be with them.

Amen.

79 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ,

to bless and sanctify this water to the souls of all those who drink of it,

that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them;

that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father,

that they do always remember him,

that they may have his Spirit to be with them.

Amen.

Sister and Elder McCollum are trying to memorize these prayers.  NOTE: The opening line on the prayer on the bread and water are similar.  There is a “pattern” to help memorize these verses.

BREAD:that….and….that…and…and…that

WATER:  that…that…that…that

NOT…. A BEAN STOCK

Backyard plant

Backyard plant

Two weeks ago, these backyard plants “sprout” a spike or stalk?

Spikes continue upwards!

Spikes continue upwards!

Will they develop buds and bloom or grow large enough to have grandsons climb the stock?  You will find out on the next post.

DELAYED PHOTO of VISITORS

Our friends Bernie & Sharyn Easterbrook & some of their family.

Our friends Bernie & Sharyn Easterbrook & some of their family.

The McCollums receive this emailed photo of visitors who came to Laie 2 months ago.  It is a lovely photo with the temple as a backdrop.  Bernie (purple) and his wife Sharyn (green) now living in Texas, have been friends with the McCollums for 40+ years; they all met in Welland Ontario in 1972. In the photo, the Easterbrooks are with one of their daughters, a granddaughter and a son.

TANNING

Senior missionaries really do not have time to lay on the beaches and tan but it doesn’t take much sun exposure to change ones skin color.  The bike rides each am and pm are only 7 minutes each way.  Sister McCollum’s fair skin has more freckles on her arms and Elder McCollum’s skin just grows darker.   Sister McCollum now has some brown spots and Elder McCollum white spots. Curious!

HER: freckles with brown spots HIS: brown with white spots

HER: freckles with brown spots
HIS: brown with white spots

2 Comments

  1. Sheila Wright

    Enjoyed your blog. The Easterbrooks were in Calgary when you moved there? I have freckles and brown spots too, been hot here, 38 degrees.

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