After a full morning in the temple and a lunch in the cafeteria, we took our friends to Labadi Beach, just a little way down the coast. Elder Shepherd was our leader, he had been here before.
Young men trying to sell horse rides on the beach:
Seeing the ocean for the very first time:
This experience felt a little like a Christmas morning for us–watching Rose and her family playing in the sea. It was such fun for them!
There are a few hotel properties along this beach, but there weren’t many people here.
Seashells for sale:
What a perfect afternoon after a wonderful morning! This evening we all went back to the Shepherd’s apartment for a spaghetti dinner prepared by Sister Shepherd. The kids watched the Disney movie Moana, and then we took them back to the patron housing for their last night here. We all depart in the morning.
What does our future hold??
Today we’ve received lots of interesting news from Salt Lake. General Conference will be held virtually. There will be no public gatherings because of the Coronavirus which is spreading around the world. It was previously announced that all leadership meetings surrounding conference would be cancelled. No international visitors will come to Salt Lake for training this time.
The next announcement was about Missionary Training Centers. Beginning March 16, 2020, all missionaries scheduled to enter missionary training centers in Provo, Utah, or Preston, England, will be trained remotely by video conference.
Next we heard that “the Church Educational System has adopted pandemic-related guidelines Wednesday that will either cancel graduations, devotionals and performances at Brigham Young University and other schools operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or lead them to be broadcast without audiences. The BYU Women’s Conference scheduled for April 30-May 1 is the first confirmed casualty of the guidelines.”
Temples are also closing. “The temples closed Wednesday by the church are those in Asunción, Paraguay; Boston, Massachusetts; Copenhagen, Denmark; Louisville, Kentucky; and Manhattan, New York. The church now has closed 12 temples on four continents.”
This is an interesting time to be out in the world. Things feel calm and peaceful here. We understand that’s not the case in Europe and Asia, and the implications of the COVID-19, as they are calling this virus, could be far-reaching.