The rest of the month was filled with visitors from afar. We had a couple of groups of members from Thailand, from Singapore, and from Shanghai. Each group brought such a special spirit to the Temple. It was especially nice to see these people during the Christmas season. We count these as our choiced blessings as we work with these people who come from afar.
On Dec. 17, a special temple devotional took place at 4 PM for the temple workers, staff and their families. We enjoyed our special speakers, Elder and Sister Gong. We were then treated with a special buffet by President and Sister Aki. Two roasted pigs were prepared for the special occasion. What a delight to have the Hawaiian flavor at this Christmas Social.
That night, we also participated in the Victoria III Branch Christmas Party. There were 4 roasted turkeys for the occasion. The Branch members had a great time as we visited and enjoyed the Christmas dinner together. Wow! 2 Christmas dinners in one day! Better be hitting the hiking trails!
|The Barretts and us at the Vic III Social|
|Elders Singing at Vic III Branch Christmas Social|
Christmas day fell on Sunday. We only had Sacrament meeting that day. We were invited by the Watson's to have lunch with them, along with the Brown's and the Warmoth's. Afterwards, we took a leisurely hike at the TAI TAM WATERWORKS HERITAGE TRAIL. It was a delightful afternoon and what a beautiful trail that was.
Tuesday, 12/27 was a holiday, so the Temple was open for half a day. We were invited by the Cheung's to their home in Sai Kung to have seafood dinner. Brother Cheung, our chiropractor was the cook that night. What a delicious meal he made for us. Elwin thought that it was probably the best seafood dinner he had ever had. It was that GOOD! For entertainment, he sang a couple of Taiwanese love songs for us. It was a beautiful evening. We are grateful for these gracious people who treated us so well.
So long, 2011! It's been a good year!