On Monday we had a Senior Missionaries field trip. We went to the American Women's Bazaar, which is a charity event put on by American women living in Manila. They had a lot of nice things and people come from all over the country to attend. It is usually a 2 hour hour drive, but traffic was terrible and it took us 4 hours.
They had lots of interesting murals depicting and describing all the major battles of World War II in the Pacific Theater.
We went to a funeral. The father of the RS President, who Sister Swift knows very well, died. He's not a member but some of his children are. Also a granddaughter is one of Sister Swift's YW. We marched with them in the funeral procession out to the cemetery. It took about an hour to get there and went right down a main highway for part of the route, completely halting traffic. The night before we went to the Funeral Service. We really are getting to be a part of the community.
The graves are all above ground. Some of the coffins are in cinder block rectangles that are plastered over. The man who died used to be in the military so they did a gun salute and folded a flag over his coffin. Also they passed babies over the coffin so spirits don't get them.
All the streets in our neighborhood are named after places in Italy. This one may make you think of a sandwich when you walk by.
Our branch had a convert baptism on Friday for Sister Renee Rose.