Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Malaysia Style

Our JB Branch decided that they wanted to have a Thanksgiving Party, even though it isn't a holiday here.  They wanted the members to understand what it meant in America, and that they should give thanks in all things.  In the beginning they showed some
short videos about "What Are You Thankful For",and 
then they had 8 people come up and tell what they are thankful for.

I think we could take a lesson from them, because we don't always take time to stop and reflect on the things that we are thankful for, which really is the purpose of the holiday.

For the dinner, I was asked to prepare the Mashed Potatoes, Dressing & Gravy and 3 chocolate cakes (which they always request).   I am just thankful they didn't ask me to make pies for all of those people. 

Lots of bread drying out for the dressing.  I made it in crockpots, which worked out really well, because my oven is the size of a microwave.

President and Sister Tee came to help peel and mash the potatoes.  It would have taken me all day, but he peels like a champ and the mashing was a breeze for him.

The branch provided the teriyaki chicken and rolls and coleslaw and spaghetti.
They didn't get the menu quite right, but everyone found something they liked.
They really don't eat potatoes & gravy and dressing here.

Since the Pilgrims didn't have electricity, they thought it would be a good idea to eat without the lights so they opted for flashlights.  It was a little dark, so after a while they turned on the lights.

President & Sister Simmons joined us at the party and then stayed the night with us because it was our branch conference on Sunday.  It was so nice to have them with us if only for a few hours.

 We really had a great turnout.  There were many non-members and also a few members of the Masai Branch.  We had over 60 people, which is amazing for an activity here.  We were all so happy and hope that the enthusiasm continues.

It looks like Elder Davis is overloading on cake.

Sherry and John and Yvonne are students in our English Class.  At class on Friday, they found out it was Elder Lamb's birthday, so they came to the party and brought him a small gift and some KFC because he told them that his favorite food was fried chicken.  These are really special people and we are so happy to be acquainted with them.  They are really improving on their conversational English.
Alan and his son are also students in the beginning English Class.  We invited everyone in class on Friday and five of them came.  We hope they all enjoyed it.

Our special friends Wee Loon and Liu Wei

The Elders from the Masai Branch came and brought this investigator and some other members of their branch.  They loved the potatoes & gravy and dressing.

After everyone was totally full from the dinner and cake, the branch presidency came in with two large chocolate layer cakes from a special bakery here.  So......we sang Happy Birthday and everyone ate more cake.


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