Mike and Charmaine Anderson

Mike and Charmaine Anderson

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Here is a smattering of recent goings on in our mission.

Today Hermanas Money and Judy had their first Baptism.  They met Jesús in the street and he told them right off that their book wasn´t true, but when they challenged him to read it he was hooked...a very special day for all.

This week our Young Adult core group added two great returned missionaries; Efrain on the left end, returned from Arizona on Thursday and Romina second to the last on the right returned last week from Barcelona. Alejandro, in the blue shirt, will be leaving for a mission to Mexico in one month.
Romina returned last week from serving in the Barcelona Mission.  She is the first sister to serve from that Branch, now a ward.  The JAS kids spent 2 weeks making banners for the airport for the two returning missionaries.

 Once a month we have planned to do an art or craft project.  Last month we painted rocks.  This month I found wire sculpted jewelry on Pinterest and thought it would be easy and fun.  It was harder than I thought but we all had fun and they made some good things.

We are also having a cooking class once a month.  One of the girls made a 3 layer Mousse cake with about a pound and a half of chocolate.  She made it in a machine I have never seen before that blends and cooks at the same time.  I am going to try to do it in a double boiler.  It was very good...maybe for Thanksgiving.

There is no one better to travel with than Mike Anderson.  He researches interesting places to see and trails to walk.  This Mountain trail is about 15 minutes from our apartment and you might believe that you were hiking in Park City.  And the view of the city out to the ocean was spectacular. 


It seems like our district has changed so often lately that it has been difficult to keep up but this is us as of 2 weeks ago...hopefully we will stay for awhile but the transfer ends in one month and for sure things will change then.  Missions are about change.  These missionaries are all AWESOME!

L-R - Hermanas Judy and Money, Elders, Eskelson, Christensen, Franson, Wilson, Schmidtlein and Ponsoda

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


The week before we took the sisters to Teide Mike and I did a little trip up the coast about 20 minutes from us to the charming pueblo of Orotava and the beaches at Bajamar.  Orotava has many beautiful old buildings including the famous Casa de los Balcones, which now has several gift shops in it and a wonderful old courtyard very much preserved.  Bajamar has several ocean front pools that collect water from the waves crashing into them.  We plan to try them out some time.  We also got a spectacular view of Teide with brilliant clouds floating around it.  I see me painting this someday. 

Teide in the distance
Ocean fed pools at Bajamar

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


On Monday we rented a van and took all of the sisters to Teide.  The sisters from Los Cristianos came up on Sunday night and stayed over and we spent a fun P-day together.  We drove to Orotava and did a little trinket shopping in the Casa de los Balcones, dating from the 1600's, then we drove through the charming city of Puerto de la Cruz, with a promise to come back and spend more time and then on to Teide, stopping for a few pictures on the way.  The road there is very windy.  We took the gondola to the top, which we haven't done before, because the line was always too long.  We drove down the other side of Teide and took the Los Cristianos sisters home and then back to Santa Cruz.  We had to get the sisters back by 6:30 so they could work.  We made it, but we were all very tired.  I don't know how they did it, especially since we never had time to eat anything except a few snacks we had in the car. 
The Hermanas in Orotava

Our group at the top

The gondola gets you this far.  You can hike the rest with a permit.

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