A Visit From the Flowerdays

Derrick's former bishop from South Africa (who was fundamental in the process/miracle of bringing Derrick to the United States) came to visit us with his wife last night.

We had a wonderful time hearing updates about the people in East London and other happenings in South Africa. At least it was wonderful in between Lucy jumping off the coffee table and Adam shoving my phone in their faces to show them the games he was playing. Glad I got a babysitter for the rest of the night.

Our Pilot was full of car seats so we crammed into their rental car and took them for a drive around Ogden and through the canyon to Pineview Reservoir. Stephen Flowerday even managed to stay on the right side of the road.

And then we went to Sonora Grill, where Steve ordered half the menu for them to eat. Seriously.

Fresh Guacamole
Auga Chile de Camarones
Tropical Swordfish (possibly my favorite thing on the menu)
Chipotle Seafood
Chile Rellenos (another favorite)
Pozole (my first time trying it. . . would never had guessed it was so good)

And those were just our appetizers.

Stephen told us about some of his experiences as a former member of the stake presidency. Funny stories of first-generation members the church in South Africa and nearby countries:

The man whose friend was asking about the church, so he gave him his temple recommend so he could go check it out. (Yes, the nonmember went through a session at the temple.)

About one branch who had a girl passing the sacrament. They were told that girls can't pass the sacrament because they don't hold the priesthood. So they were surprised when they went back six months later and she was still passing the sacrament. They had just gone ahead and given her the priesthood.

And how the temple in Johannesburg has workers monitoring the celestial room to make sure things aren't stolen. People like to take home souvenirs and think they can swipe something to take home with them. . . . right after going through the temple.

Lots of food. Lots of laughs.

Made me even more excited for our upcoming trip to South Africa.

Sixteen more months.

The kids have been working hard to earn money.

They are up to $307.


Kayli said...

Wow. just... wow.

Jenny said...

I think that is a great solution, she didn't have the priesthood, so we gave it to her. If only they could be so open minded on this side of the pond. And I'm not even trying to be funny.

Ryanne said...

I didn't know you were taking the whole family to South Africa. Do you already have your locations planned out? That's Reggie's dream but I don't think I could take my kids. Good for your girls for working so hard for it! I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience.

Mrs B said...

That's awesome you're going to S. Africa! Our nephew is headed to Zimbabwe on the 11th. I'd love to make it there someday!