Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 40 - November 5-11, 2013

This is a picture of our parking place at the temple, mission offices and mission home.  See the Toyota we drive in the left hand corner also notice the scaffolding for the men working on the temple above on the right.
This picture shows the missionaries bicycles by the mission office (honbu).  We have been sad as our bikes have not yet come from Kumamoto.  You can see the hall way to the mission offices to Terry's left.
The front door to the mission home is across the breeze way.  Umbrella stands are used a lot during the rainy season.
This is an entrance to parking for the mission home, mission offices and temple.  You drive in and along the left hand side of the temple.  There is another parking lot at the other end of the temple for temple patrons.
This is the area where the secretary at the mission office works.  The room is shared with the AP's, recorder and MSM Elders.
Wednesday we went for a walk in the Fukuoka Ohori Park Japanese Garden after lunch.  It was beautiful!
 We shared this beautiful place with a couple taking wedding pictures.

On Saturday Terry and I visited Gokoku shrine.
Terry had learned about getting autographs in kanji at shrines.  He was interested in a autograph book for this purpose.  The book is bought at the office at most shrine.  I think we may be learning shrine etiquette and visiting many of them over the duration of our stay in Japan.
 This is the shrine autograph book and the kanji signature for the Gokoku shrine.  It is beautiful!
This picture was taken from the car just before the parking lot where we parked.  The shrine is near the castle and the Fukuoka Ohori Park Japanese Garden that we visited on Wednesday.  See part of the ruins of the Fukuoka castle through the trees. The castle has not been rebuild like the beautiful one in Kumamoto.
We had a ward dinner after the three hour block pf Sunday meeting.  In Japan everyone brings a dish and they enjoy a meal together.  It is so fun to visit and eat.  The ward was saying good by to the returning office couple and welcoming about three families, including us, into the ward.  Sacrament Meeting was a treat.  It was the children's primary program.  We were able to understand much of what was being saying by the children.

The street picture was taken on the way back to the ABA Hotel, which has been our home since coming to Fukuoka, it was raining and a beautiful blend of grays.

Scripture of the week:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
 and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, 
there will your heart be also.
-Mathew 6:19-21

1 comment:

Delirious said...

I hope you get to attend the temple while you are there. How long will it be closed for renovations?