One Month ~ Already!

 

Today is July 29, 2016, we arrived in Australia on June 29, 2016. It has gone by so very fast, yet it seems like we have been here forever. Its been amazing how we are able to remember each of the missionaries, mostly. President can pronounce their names really well. I’m not so good, at all, I know that doesn’t surprise anyone! We have met over 200 young missionaries, 32 senior missionaries, and hundreds of members, temple workers, and investigators. We won’t remember them all but we will certainly try. We love ALL our missionaries:)

We love that they got excited about a mission quilt~ and all eagerly put their signatures on the quilt back.   They love designing t-shirts for their zones~ and we are the lucky ones to get one too.  They love to practice piano when waiting for interviews.  And I love it  when they steel my phone to put their selfie pictures in~ and say oh – we forgot to delete it:)

 

This happened at home, while Grandma and Grandpa were here……… Thank you to everyone that has stepped in and been our replacements.  It doesn’t seem fair, but it will all work out in the long run.  We love these precious, new, grand babies.  So thankful for FaceTime.  It’s been fun since we announced that we have twin grand babies, we have found out that 3 of the elders are twins.  2 sets are boys and their twins are both serving in Australia right now ~ one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne.  The other twin is a girl, and i can’t remember if she is serving a mission or not.

MORE  PICTURES OF THE AWESOME MISSIONARIES:)

 

We met groups of missionaries everyday last week.  President interviewed about 30 a day.  It was wonderful meeting them all but it made for some very long days.  We tried to get pictures of them all ~ but really never came close to doing so.  We only have one place clear up North called Mt. Isa where we have 2 missionaries we haven’t met yet. Next week is transfer week and so we will go there the next weekend.  For transfer week we have 16 New Missionaries coming in, and 16 going home.  The numbers change on the incoming because of visa’s.  But we think this is a good count as of today.  They arrive in 2 days:)

We were able to go to a place way up North called Charter Towers.  They had taken an old mansion and had turned it into their chapel there.  It is a small branch that meets there.  They have a baptismal font in the back.  The pulpit was in the Sydney Temple and was the pulpit President Hinckley stood at to dedicate the Temple.  We thought that was really neat.  So we took some pictures.

Some of our favorite pictures from home and some from here .  We saw our first kangaroo or wallaby – actually there were 10 of them in a field behind a church we were at.  It was fun.  The scenic pictures were taken across from the Brisbane Temple.  And the ones on the beach was a 30 minute break we took while in Gladstone last weekend.  It was just before we caught the plane home.

Sorry for the overload! When I have a minute I have to just do it all:)  We love you all.  We live in a beautiful place. We are feeling more like we know, kind of, what we are doing now.  We still have Transfers to go through and that is this Monday~Wednesday~ pray for us:)   We are so busy we don’t have much time to get home sick.  But we do miss home and all of you.  You are in our prayers.  We know we are on the Lord’s errand, and how grateful we are to spread this beautiful message to the people here in the ABM.  The church is true , we see miracles everyday!

Sew many people ~ Sew many places ~ Sew fun ~ Sew rewarding

   Meeting with these wonderful Sister Training leaders was such a wonderful experience. They are so cute and full of the missionary spirit.  I instantly loved them all. These three stole my phone and took a selfie! Sew fun.

   These are the Goldens.  In the ABM they are called goldens not Greenies ~ much better ~ don’t you think Mate?

   After Golden Training we were off to Cairns.  It is BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful Elders and Sisters in Cairns.  We had a very warm welcome there by wonderful people.

   Then off to Townsville!  Loved it there.  The people and the missionaries are wonderful.  Lots of good work going on there.  After a quick trip up North we are back in Brisbane.

   Wednesday we had a new Sister come in.  Sister Taamilosaga.  She has been waiting for her Visa in New Zealand.  We are happy to have her with us.  She brought an amazing spirit with her.

   We love our Office Elders and the Assistants.  We don’t know what we would of done without them!  What’s this a speeding ticket?

   A once in a missionary life dinner. Before the dinner,  President McSwain set apart a sister missionary from the Cairns District, she will be serving in Perth.  After her setting apart, a family relative asked for missionaries to come and see them, and took a Book of Mormon, a wonderful event.

  We are having a wonderful, crazy busy, very refining experience.  Love you all.  Missing Utah but couldn’t be in a better place.  Hooray for the ABM!!!

 

First Week in Brisbane Australia

Wow ~ we made it through our first week! There were a million first for us. We have been meeting so many, learning different names of people and places, trying to keep it all straight in our heads and learning to drive all over again in a strange, but beautiful place. We drove by the beautiful Brisbane Temple one night with our wonderful guides, Elder and Sister Richins, who also took us for a short walk along the Brisbane River. The middle pictures are the front and side of our home. And finally President McSwain behind the wheel. It takes all your concentration to drive ~ it’s so different driving on the right side of the car and down the opposite side of the road! It’s even harder being the passenger on the other side:)  We are a great pair though, we have been to several places on our own with me navigating and President driving! We go to bed dead tired wondering how we will make it through the next day and then we are up, going, and doing it again.  The Lord has blessed us so much, we are so grateful.  We are grateful for so many new friends and words of encouragement and help that we have gotten.  We are thankful for prayers from loved ones at home too, they are felt!! We miss you all ~ THE CHURCH IS TRUE~

We made it – and going full force:)

We made it. And getting devices to work took a little time. it is 6am Thursday morning and we feel so much more like ourselves after a good night sleep. Again thank you to you all. Our home is lovely , our view is lovely , and everyone has been kind and helpful. President has already driven a car- very scary😬. love to you all!

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My view from out my bedroom window about 6AM. It is beautiful here. The weather is perfect.. except we have been cold a few times at night.