Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

Sounds like you had a full house on Thursday and it is good that Boise is open again. In my spare time online I look up my family tree  and it is hudgeI did get the shoes and the scriptures, sorry I didn't say so earlier.  Sounds like things are really busy there.  I wish there was something I could do to help.  The baptism and Thanksgiving dinner happened this last sunday and it was goodRight now Singapore is covered in Christmas decorations and I'll be sending you some of those pictures also.

Water Lilies, I think...

Insect on the glass at the airport in Singapore

The betel nut tree is a type of palm tree. It grows in Asia, Africa and parts of the tropical Pacific. The betel nut tree, also called the nut palm tree, is tall and skinny, with virtually no lower branches, and is rail-thin. Betel nut provides an exhilarating stimulant effect and mild euphoria, which is why it's against the Word of Wisdom.

Sentosa at night

Picture of first convert in Singapore on baptism day

Summer said that the Christmas decorations started going up right after Halloween!

More Christmas decorations

Summer's latest convert at his baptism

Thanksgiving Week

We had 29 people at our house for Thanksgiving. Brett & I went to a session at the newly remodeled Boise Temple Saturday. It's really nice!

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

All is well here and busy.  Right now I'm serving in 2 wards that are across the island from each other, well it seems like they are. This past week was especially busy and full of changes but that's all right. That would have been awesome to go to, the dedication. This sunday we'll be having a baptism and then Thanksgiving dinner right afterwards.  Christmas decorations are going up everywhere and some of them started a week before Halloween.  Sounds like you've been having lots of fun.  Tell everyone hi for me on Thanksgiving. 

Till next time,

Sister Summer Ballantyne

President Thomas Monson dedicates Boise Idaho Temple

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 12:03 am | Updated: 12:08 am, Mon Nov 19, 2012.

BOISE — Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the newly renovated Boise Idaho Temple Sunday. Three dedicatory sessions were held to give members of the Church an opportunity to participate in the special meetings, which were also broadcast in Idaho and eastern Oregon.

Joining President Monson for the dedication were Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy. Choirs comprised of Latter-day Saints from throughout the temple district provided music for the dedication.
The dedication is the culminating event in the 18-month renovation time line. A youth cultural celebration of singing and dancing, titled “Treasure the Light,” was held Saturday. About 9,200 area youth staged the production featuring more than 4,000 dancers, 99 fiddlers and a 1,000-voice youth choir. President Monson also addressed the audience assembled for the program. Additionally, almost 170,000 visitors toured the temple during the four-week public open house from Oct. 13 to Nov. 10.
The temple closed in July of 2011 for an extensive renovation of the grounds and the interior. The variegated marble that characterized the temple’s exterior was replaced with a white granite. A new gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni sits atop the temple’s tallest spire. Inside, the temple interior is fully renovated with new finishes and furnishings.
While the Church’s 18,000-plus meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services there, temples — after they are formally dedicated — are open only to Church members.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. A temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.
Our ward was assigned to go to the 3rd session, at 3pm. Elder Bednar gave the dedicatory prayer in this session. All five of us were able to go and hear several great talks and a select area choir. President Monson told that the Cultural Celebration was magnificent! The temple opens for regular sessions on Tuesday, November 20th.

Boise Cultural Celebration

Nearly 9000 Mormon youth performed in the Boise Youth Cultural Celebration, which traces the history of the church in Idaho, on the eve of the formal dedication of the Boise Temple. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.
Katherine Jones —

Karlene got to dance the Samba for President Monson! They rehearsed all day long, mostly at what used to be Qwest Arena then they walked about a mile, with police escort, to Taco Bell Arena for the performance. There were several fun dances and the youth did a great job!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

Today for P-day I went to Pulau Ubin and went biking. I think this place is awesome. Tomorrow is Deepavali and I hear from the other missionaries that it's interesting. I looked at one of the lines on the Ballantyne side of the family and found that we are related to Julius Caesar,  several kings of Troy and queens of Denmark and kings of Kvenland (never heard of it).  And if that line is traced back to the end it goes straight back to Adam and Eve. Right now there is a lot to look forward to and it will be soooooo cool.  Till next time.

Sister Summer Ballantyne

Friday, November 9, 2012

November 5th, 2012

Love the make up. JB is short for Johor Baru and MRT is what the subway system is called in Singapore.  Here are some pictures and I'll be sending a notebook home for the stories.  I'm singing in Singapore's Messiah sing-a-long.  What is the web address for the blog?  The Preach My Gosple and the pamflets I sent home are in Indo and Malay. The Americans in Singapore go all out for Halloween and there is a section of Singapore that is closed off just for Trick or Treating.  I miss leftovers most of our meals are on the go and the other sisters eat my food before I can.  I am in Singapore 3rd ward only now and elders have 1st ward.  In 3rd ward later this month we'll be having thanksgiving dinner after church and we might have a baptisum before that.  

Till next time.

Sis Summer Ballantyne

November 3rd, 2012

We went Trunk or Treating at the church for Halloween where Karlene won the adult costume contest. She also was invited to a costume party the following Saturday, so here is what she went to the party looking like: