Mabayo is the furthest South Area in the areas we go to. I think it is the only place where they do baptisms in the ocean. This is the place a 9 year old girl and a young man were baptized in July.
This is the Mabayo Branch Meeting House. It's the only one we've been to that doesn't have a real chapel. There were about 35 people at Sacrament meeting, then all but one of the priesthood holders left. This little branch is struggling. I think that's a trike (motorcycle with a side car) in front.
These are the people who attended the baptism in the ocean. The little girl looks like she is 5, but she is 9. Her grandmother is who brought her to the baptism. She is acting shy here and kind of afraid. The missionary who baptized them is standing behind them. He is Elder Rowan, from Australia.His companion is Elder Nillos, from the Philippines, just to the right of him in the picture.
Those people are the baptismal candidates and the baptizers. The witnesses wore shorts so they could wade out and see what was going on.After the little girl was baptized, she started playing and swimming in the water. It was quite a change of personality.
Sister Gorringe by some of the members. They use umbrellas to keep the sun off as well as keep the rain off. This sister was kind enough to share her umbrella. It really does make it cooler.
We went to 5 baptisms this weekend. A cute little 12 year girl was named Alicia. This morning, the beautiful 18 year old baptismal candidate was named Ariane. How is that for keeping it in the family?