Our flight to Aupia, Samoa left about 8:00 that night (Friday). We landed about 11:30, went through customs and out into the lobby with all our luggage - and there was no one there to meet us! We kind of stuck out like sore thumbs! We had at least 4 or 5 ask us if we needed a taxi. We enjoyed ourselves people watching... Finally about 12:15 we heard someone call our names. It was Sister Laota, our mission president's wife and two other senior couples. President Laota was on another island. They gave us a traditional Samoan welcome, loaded us in the van and we drove about 30 minutes to mission headquarters. All of the senior missionaries have nice homes in the compound - two or three bedrooms and quite modern (for Samoa). We stayed with Elder & Sister Harker (they are in charge of training ward clerks on using the computer and audits of the wards and stakes). He travels about 1000 miles a month to each of the wards. Sister Harker keeps herself busy helping in the mission office, mission medical office, or whatever they ask her to do. She calls herself the mission fluff because she does not have an actual assignment. One of the challenges with senior couples is when they call one of them for a specific reason, making sure their spouse has something productive to do. Our mission nurse is one example. She has lots to do and it keeps her busy, but they have to find things to keep her husband busy and productive. Sister Harker is another example. Her husband is very busy, but she is not. But all are happy to serve and do whatever they are asked.
The next morning - Saturday, we went to the temple. What a great experience! It was all in Samoan, so we used headsets.
Dennis & Susan in front of the fountain at the Apia Samoan Temple