Friday, October 25, 2013

Mission Presidents' Seminar

We had our Mission Presidents' Seminar in Bariloche at the Hotel Llao Llao! Just a couple hundred yards from where we had a home on Lake Moreno with our buddy Jeff for a number of years. A great place with great memories from back then and new great memories now! Here we go....

We stayed here for the first time in July 1997...who would have dreamed we would come back for a Mission Presidents' Seminar.

The first couple is President and Sister Barreiros, Mission President and wife of Taylor Lythgoe. The second couple is President and Sister Newsome, Ian Hatch's Mission President and wife. The last couple is President and Sister Arrington, our son Taylor's Mission President and wife. We enjoyed getting to know them all.

We snuck out during a break with the Carters to check on the house on Lake Moreno. There is a new electronic gate with a sign that says, "Guard dogs loose on property". Not exactly an abrazo and cup of mate to welcome, of course, Doug Carter held the gate open just a crack while I slipped through and took this long shot from around the bend of the from of the house. I made it back out without any dog bites.

This was a fun moment. Elder Knapp, who is serving a mission with his wife in our Area was actually my Branch President in the LTM (now MTC) back in 1975 when I was a young 19 year old missionary. He has not aged a bit so it was easy to recognize him. He was impressive then and is impressive now.

A beautiful wind blown Diane and me looking down on Bariloche.

This is how we got up and down.

And, we got to spend time with the Daltons who are presiding over the Chile Antofagasta Mission. He was the Area Presidency Executive Secretary before his call. The Daltons often visited Diane when she was in La Clinica Fleni in Buenos Aires and this was their first time seeing her since she learned to walk again. It was an emotional reunion for them.

The beauty of Bariloche.

It would not be the Patagonia if there was not a lamb barbecue, Gaucho style.

I have eaten ice cream on five continents. The BEST ice cream in the world is from Del Turista in Bariloche. I had to go back there and took Diane and President and Sister Openshaw of the Buenos Aires Mission Training Center there to show them how great the ice cream is.

At the airport Diane saw the Hey sign and wanted me to pose and be her Not the first time I have heard that one! Then we ran into Jorge!!! Jorge was my driver when I would visit Diane in Buenos Aires....and he drove Diane, Jen, Lori, Chris and the Holms around, too. He was there to drive someone else, but it was our first time seeing him since Diane has recovered. And so, we had a great time and then flew back to Resistencia...our home away from home!

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