|Cute granddaughter with her new Frozen umbrella bought at the palengke.|
|Welcoming new missionaries.|
|We watched as this man ran and jumped on the truck while it was driving up the road.|
|The drivers of the pedicycles have strong legs.|
|Traveling up the mountain road from the port we saw this line of tricycles;|
it looked like a parade.
|You will often see trucks full of pigs, chickens, and some times cattle.|
|It's amazing how many people and how many things they can fit on a tricycle.|
|It's common to see families on motorcycles or scooters.|
We've seen as many as five on a scooter and often a toddler in the front of the driver
and a baby in the middle.
|Tricycles and Jeepneys are the transportation for the missionaries and most Filipinos in our mission.|
Once a year a member of the Philippines Area Presidency and his wife come to the mission and stay for a couple of days. They teach at conferences with all of the missionaries, Mission Leadership Council, have a few interviews, and possibly visit apartments. They are all wonderful teachers and the missionaries love Mission Tour and so do we. They stay with us at the Mission Home and teach and train us both formally and informally. Although I thought it would be intimidating to host a General Authority and his wife, it's been an incredible experience to be taught by them and to get to know these wonderful, faithful, and fun people. They have all made us feel comfortable and we have loved the time with them.
Twice a year we have the wonderful opportunity to meet with the 21 Philippines Mission Presidents and Wives for a Mission Presidents Seminar.We have three days of inspiring training from the Area Presidency. It's a wonderful time of renewal and we love the training as well as being able to visit with the other mission presidents and their wives especially the ones we came with. It's reassuring to know that there are others that understand our challenges as well as share our joys. Although we leave the conferences edified we also leave realizing how much more we need to do to teach our missionaries and strengthen our mission.