One man we have seen embrace the gospel has gone through so much change. He loves the Book of Mormon and the Bible and understands more fully the Eternal plan from the beginning to what will happen after this life. His son was killed recently and though it has been extremely painful and difficult for him and his wife, he knows where he is and knows what he has to do to be with him again as a family. He has found the fountain of "living waters" and just can't seem to get enough of the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what it means for him personally and for his family! He is so excited about learning and we love him and his family so much! It has been fun to watch him use the Priesthood that he has been given, to pass and bless the sacrament. He just beams!
Recently we were asked to be a part of a Young Single Adult conference held in a mountain resort. We were asked to be "parents" of about 5 Young Single Adults from various cities in Armenia. It was an interesting experience we will share more of when we get home. But, we got to experience the cultural differences that are in this country compared to home. One being meeting times. Here they might have a workshop as late as 9:30 to 10:30 pm. They stay up later in this country than we would do at home! Armenians like to stay up late and get up late. Little kiddies too.
Here are some pictures of the Young Single Adults and leaders from the conference:
Here are two of our "daughters" singing a song as part of the talent show. We really enjoyed these darling Young Single adults! We had fun with them and for the most part it was a great time and something we shall never forget.
Just below us in one of these garages is the food market packaging shop for all of the vegetables and fruits of a little marketplace that is right below and to the left of us:
You can see our cleaning rags hanging on "our" line - in this picture. We are four flights up.
These two pictures below show a lady across the street from the Mission Office, who came out with a bag of wool. She spread it out, beating it with a stick and picking sticks and weeds out of it. It took her a very long time. We guess that she will next wash it and use it to make whatever... We asked her if we could take a picture and she was very happy to let us, but wanted a copy of it. We took a picture, printed out a copy for her and took it to her. She was thrilled!. She was so cute!
We want to share with you one tradition in Armenia that is very unique. Our Armenian Visa Clerk has a little daughter that just had her first tooth come in. Why is that unique you ask? Well, here it is a big thing! We were invited to a barbecue to help celebrate. We thought that sounded very cute. Little did we know when we showed up that it was a pretty big shindig! There were aunts, uncles, grandma's, friends etc. to help celebrate. There was a feast similar to the table spreads we have for Thanksgiving at home.
He was so thrilled and had to try out some "American" food - like hamburgers. There buns are different and the meat tastes different but it was very close!
This is the table spread just before they put on the different "meats". You can see the fancy plate of fruit (pineapple to look like a fish, apples, cherries pineapple and mulberries), there were cheese's, even caviar, cheese and ham on little squares of bread, tart type cups with seafood salad mixture in it, chips, tomatoes, pickles etc. They had the hamburgers and what they call horovots (which is barbecued pork chunks on a stick).
Proud mom and dad!
Lastly, they put cake on her face to show how she is involved in eating (something she could care less about!) - just for the pictures. Kind of like we do for the first birthday when we let our babies dig into the chocolate cake and get it all over their face - just for the picture!!
Elder and Sister Eyre