Today we got new branch presidents for both our branches. Hooray. Pres. Ng was sustained as the new branch president in KK1, replacing Pres. Francis who died. Pres. Ng was the 1st counselor. He has only been a member for 2 years. He was Buddhist. He is a great man and will do a good job we think. In KK2 the new branch President is Pres. Sebastian. He actually lives in the KK1 branch but they had to pull someone from KK1 to be branch president for KK2 because there isn't much priesthood in KK2. He is a young man of about 30ish and has been a branch president before. He is the taxi driver for all the members coming in and out of KK. He has 2 adorable kids ages 3 and 2.
On Monday night at 6 pm we got a call to help one of the sisters, a recent convert, take her 11 year old son to the hospital. He had just fallen and broken his arm. We were in the emergency waiting room for about 2 hours before the 11 year old came out and told us his arm wasn't broken. We said good, we'll just take you home then. The boy went back and we didn't see or hear from him again. After 45 minutes of waiting we had the Elders call the mother's cell phone to see what was going on. Well his arm was broken and they had put one cast on but it was too tight so they were in the process of removing that cast and putting another one on. After three and half hours, we finally left the hospital. It took forever. The next day we had an appointment with this same sister and her other children to teach her a follow-up lesson from her baptism. We went to their apartment (in a really poor area with rats running everywhere) and we shook hands with all the kids and the mom. Just as we were sitting on the floor the mother said, "Oh, the kids all have the chicken-pox". AAAGH. One of the kids was just breaking out and was running a fever and was so sick. The others, 5 of them, were in various stages of the pox. Ben and I have both had chicken pox but the elders with us weren't sure they had. By now, we had all been exposed. We gave our lesson and then left without shaking hands this time. Outside we drenched ourselves in all the portable hand sanitizer we could find. I think the incubation period for Chicken Pox is 2 weeks. I think we'll be okay once I get rid of this rash and itch. I don't think it's anything, do you?
We spent a good deal of time last week working on new apartments for all the new missionaries. We need two more apartments. One for the sisters who are living with us and one for one set of missionaries who will be working in a new area a little farther out of downtown KK. The sisters apartment will be in the same complex that the other Elders are living in now. This is what we found for the Elders in the new area:
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