a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Month in The ENSIGN...

Yesterday, I had the true pleasure to accompany a very special group of friends into the vast wine region of Uco Valley, Mendoza. Ann Monson Dibb (Second Counselor, LDS Young Women General Presidency) and Silvia H. Allred (First Counselor, LDS Relief Society General Presidency) were here in Mendoza to provide a training session for multiple stakes.

President and Sister Lindahl (LDS Mendoza Argentina Mission) asked me to come along for a day tour and provide some historical insight as we drove towards Tupungato and the flourishing vineyards of Bodega Salentein. While none of us drink wine, we did enjoy a personal visit through the luxurious wine cellars of Salentein, a Dutch investment now attracting tourists worldwide for its modern design and fine art museum.

It was a joy to hear the testimonies and experiences of both sisters. This week alone, they will provide training sessions in Mendoza, Salta, Buenos Aires, and parts of Uruguay and Paraguay. Both Sister Allred and Sister Dibb are true examples of service as they continue to commit their time and efforts on behalf of the church. We shared great stories and good laughs...especially when learning more about Sister Dibb's dear father!

And where did we go for lunch? La Tupiña, of course!

7 comments:

satomblablabla said...

what kind of training were they there to do?

The Alexanders said...

Some leadership firesides I believe.

Ben said...

that is awesome! An opportunity that I will never have here in SLC! Thanks for sharing.

The Highland Hill's said...

WOW...rubbing shoulders with a higher class of people...great job...

Sis Dibbs spoke in our Regional Conference...she was amazing...and you actually got to meet her...thats so much fun...being in an area where the Church isn't as old as it is here and to get that type of leadership to come through is awesome...

Ya seriously I thought you were going to say something about how you all got really drunk of the wine tasting and how you had a big food fight...guess not... :)

Esther said...

That is so neat!

Raych the brain hoovsta said...

oh man that is so cool that the church would go through you guys to enjoy their stay down in Argentina. because of course you guys rock and I;m just so impressed with your skills you two are amazing. great job.

yeah taking pictures in front a vineyard I know it shows class and at least it's not in front of a whisky distillery eh but still no sampling going on?

The Alexanders said...

just to clarify - the church did not go through us directly. being good friends with the mission president, he asked us to accompany the group and it was a wonderful opportunity.