It was another sad day for me on Thursday. It was transfer day again and we lost two sisters and four elders. However, we did get another elder transferred in to KK so we lost a total of five of our missionaries with only one replacement. We are now down to two sisters and four elders. I am sure going to miss them. They become just like your own children.
I will miss seeing all their shoes piled in the entry way. Most of them have need of work on the souls or a good polishing and cleaning. You can learn a lot about a missionary by looking at their shoes.
On Thursday morning before they all flew off for their new assignments, we got together for another final -- a final breakfast. It was supposed to be a breakfast at 7 am, but then it got moved to 7:30 and then it got moved to 9 and then it got moved to 10. Finally we all got together at 11 for a brunch. We ate at this fun spot called "Bombers". It is run by an American guy and he serves real American Hamburgers made with real beef. And the hamburgers are huge. Elder Read and I and most of the others got breakfast food -- they also make killer French Toast -- but Elder Tadius got the hamburger. It was huge. Did I mention how big it was. But Elder Tadius wasn't to be intimidated by a hamburger and he quickly put it in its place -- actually in his place, his stomach. Then it was time for final hugs from me (appropriate hugs!) and tears and good byes. I made them all promise to invite me to their weddings and to keep us up to date on their lives.
It was also District Conference this weekend. About 20 people came over from Sandakan on the bus for a six hour bus drive and about 20 people came from Tawau on the bus for an eight hour bus drive. It was also Pres. Mains' birthday on Saturday, the 30th (same as Gracie's). The expert cake maker in our branch made Pres. Mains a cake with only about 3 hours notice. As always, it was delicious.
We invited Elder and Sis. Crookston from Sandakan and Elder and Sis. Atkinson from Tawau to join us for Easter Day dinner. Pres. and Sis. Mains couldn't make it as they had to catch a plane right after the Sunday meeting. We had a traditional Easter dinner of ham, funeral potatoes, corn, orange jello fluff salad, hot rolls and strawberry shortcake. It was so good to have a real American Easter Dinner. We bought the ham in Singapore, I froze it in the refrigerator at Singapore and then carried it home to KK in my purse.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL. Be so grateful for the special gift that was given to everyone, free of charge and the eternal blessings it holds. Love to All E/S Read