Sister Noriega and Celia Sarmiento the lady (non-member) who cooked and served lunch after the Sunday Stake Conference. The cake Sister Noriega is holding is very typical of Argentine cakes. It is three or four thin layers of vanilla cake with dulce-le-leche between one layer, cream between another, and strawberry flavored cream between another. This was covered in more cream around the edges. It was quite good.
These young ladies played in the orchestra for the San Juan Stake Conference along with the Institute choir. They were wonderful. Our missionaries sang at the Saturday night session. These young ladies along with two young men made up the string orchestra. Jim and I spoke at both sessions.
These sweet faces are the Stake Presidencies children. Both Stake Presidents in the San Juan area are quite young. They are strong leaders with a wonderful spirit about them. They support our missionaries and take opportunities to teach them how to be better.
Typical Christmas candy that was on the Stake Presidents desk. After the lunch we gathered in his office and there were little gifts for each of the children and the adults underneath the Christmas tree that was in the corner of his room. The children were so happy. It was fun to see them take the candy that they wanted, it reminded me of my own grandchildren. O.K. there was a sad moment, but I got over it.
This happy little boy is the son of President Zanni, counselor to President Noriega. President Zanni has a brother who just happens to be the Stake President of the other stake, Chimbas Stake. Both the Stake Presidents fathers serve as Patriarchs in their sons stakes. Close family ties.