Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Getting To Know You

We made it! After about 32 hours of travel, we finally arrived in Chennai! Then we just had to survive the two hour drive to Rising Star.

The beginning of "the longest bus ride of our lives." We were all a bit tired by this point.

After our late night/early morning arrival, we got up early to make the 2 hour trek back into Chennai for church in the local branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the next morning. We were still a bit jet-lagged, but the spirit in that small gathering of people was incredible. Their gratitude and enthusiasm for the Gospel was contagious - there were 4 new converts welcomed into the congregation that day. Those people love the gospel with every part of their soul. They make great sacrifices to attend church, hold meetings with flickering power, an old piano, & battered hymnbooks, but there is nothing lacking in their faith.

All the hours on a plane & driving the streets of India at night were worth it - that afternoon we got to meet the most beautiful children in the world.

Satia & me on the playground - yes, they definitely know how to do bunny ears in India.

This sign came to mean we were almost home over the next three weeks.

Boys will be boys - they love spiderman and posing for pictures worldwide.

My first day in the colonies - this beautiful woman lived in this colony in order to take care of her mother, who was a leprosy patient.

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