First of all, two weeks ago (October 12) we were practicing for a special devotional to be held here at the temple on October 19th, and after the practice, Elder Calder took this picture of our "hospedaje missionary choir". L/R Myself, Elder Jim Calder, Sister Rosa Lara, Sister Ann Calder, Sister Lynda Westover, Sister Celia Benitez, Elder Glen Westover, Elder Tim Parker, Farron, Elder Eduardo Benitez, Elder Don Runquist, Sister Karren Runquist, Sister Teresa Delgado, and Elder Juan Delgado. We are standing in front of the beautiful temple doors - of which you'll see some close-ups below.
Elder Calder then took a picture of each couple separately,
so I thought I would share those with you. He takes GREAT pictures.
First, the Delgados - Juan and Teresa - who are from Arica, Chile.
Just FYI, Juan worked for the government in Chile and only retired 2 or 3 years ago.
Next, Elder Tom and Sister Merna Summers, from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
They did not sing in the choir because they both had colds,
but luckily they came up to have their pictures taken.
FYI, Elder Summers was with the FBI for 30 years.
Sister Marina Valdizan from Peru by way of Provo, Utah (where she has lived for 20 years),
and Sister Rosa Lara, a native Bolivian who has lived in Argentina for almost 40 years.
Sister Valdizan is a cosmetologist and Sister Lara was a nurse.
Glen and Lynda Westover, from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Glen is our resident chiropractor and has saved Farron a LOT of pain in the last year.
Working on the computer all the time when he only has the use of one eye has caused Farron to have terrible neck and shoulder problems. Glen has been our lifesaver!
Karren and Don Runquist, from Cardston, Alberta, Canada.
Don was a physical therapist and Karren ran the office for him.
Eduardo Benitez (originally from Ecuador) and Celia Benitez, a native Bolivian.
They too have lived in Provo, Utah for over 20 years before coming down here as missionaries.
Just realized I don't know what Elder Benitez did for a living. I know Sister Benitez worked in retail.
Elder Jim and Sister Ann Calder, from Provo, Utah.
Elder Calder is our nearly-professional photographer.
He is a CPA and Tax Accountant (he has two offices.)
Ann still teaches part-time in the Education Department at BYU when they are home.
And last of all, the two of us.
Here we are with a young couple who were married for time and all eternity
on Friday, October 24th.
They are from Yacuiba, Bolivia - about a 20-hour bus ride from Cochabamba.
The next major event was our "farewell dinner" with the North American missionaries.
(Elder and Sister Parker aren't in the picture, because he was sick.)
We went to Chifa Lai Lai (Chinese Lai Lai) and the food was great.
Even better, we had this little room all to ourselves
and we had a round table so we could all talk to each other.
This was Saturday night, October 25th.
L/R: Jim and Ann Calder, Tom and Merna Summers,
Lynda and Glen Westover, and Karren and Don Runquist, with us seated in front.
(We got out of the temple late, so we didn't even take time to change clothes -
just came in our suits.)
just for the presidency and the Cabreras. Elder Rene Cabrera is the Temple Recorder. We love him and his wife Teresa; they are WONDERFUL.
President Luis Garcia is first counselor in the temple presidency.
His lovely wife Rosario is first assistant to Sister Jensen.
Rosario has been a wonderful help to me.
She helps me when I can't remember a word I need in Spanish,
and I translate for her when she doesn't understand something Lona says in English.
Last but not least, a picture of all of us
in the dining room at the president's house.
L/R: me, the Garcias, President and Sister Jensen, and the Cabreras.