img_0851We love missionary work and we love the missionaries!  Every member a missionary and every missionary a member.  We are all in this together.  Sharing the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ is exciting and rewarding.  To see the happiness it brings to Heavenly Father’s children ~ US!   We are THANKFUL FOR MISSIONARIES🙂 Three went home with Honor. Elder Li to China, Elder Fa’alogo to New Zealand, and Elder Chhoen to Cambodia.

It is so pretty here, now that we can drive and look at the same time we are seeing so much more!  We are taking time after meetings to look around more.  We are so


img_1110We are THANKFUL FOR ALL KINDS OF ANIMALS. Fun day at the Australia Steve Irwin Zoo.


I’m so THANKFUL FOR BABIES THAT WILL LET ME HOLD AND HUG THEM ~ especially since i can’t hold my own right now.  Isn’t he so precious.  He is the 8th child of a District President and wife in Rock Hampton.  He loves to cuddle!  Just a few months older than the twins.  So it was heart warming for me.

Love, Love, Love, the beautiful trees that are in bloom everywhere we go right now. First they were purple ones and now the bright orange trees are everywhere.  They call them a poinsettia tree.  Very THANKFUL FOR BEAUTIFUL TREES.

We are THANKFUL FOR GOLDENS! They bring new enthusiasm with them and lift everyone around them.  We love the 8 new ones that came in at the end of October.  Sisters: Faulafo, Shakin, Wengert, and Anitema.  Elders: Saiyavong, Caindoy, Paramore, and Faatau. Aren’t they all so wonderful ~ beautiful and handsome and full of the Spirit.

We have 3 Districts up North.  In Cairns, Townsville, and Rockhampton.  We love the missionaries that work so hard up there.  We love the Seniors who work with them so diligently.  So THANKFUL FOR THE NORTHERN ZONE! and the SENIOR COUPLES!

We had Zone Conferences all last week.  We combined 2-3 zones in each one.  Our senior couples were there to help and go through Area books.  The RS in the areas prepared lunch for us all.  It was a great week.  We are


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Gold Coast and Coomera Zones ~ Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016


Ipswich, Ipswich West and Centenary Zones ~ Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 


Eight Mile Plain, Logan, and Cleveland Zones ~  Thursday Nov. 17, 2016 


Brisbane, Brisbane North, and Cleveland Zones ~ Friday Nov. 18, 2016

We said “GOODBYE” to Three of our Seniors.  We will miss them so very much.  We are THANKFUL FOR THESE THREE SENIORS!  Elder and Sister Richins, and Sister Vande Merwe.  They did SO much for the ABM!  THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

Most of all we are THANKFUL FOR OUR FAMILY!  We love you and pray for you everyday.

Our MIRACLE this past few weeks. We use our phones all day~ everyday. Without it we would be lost and so would the missionaries. (HAHA) Mark has his constantly with him. We went to the store and as we went in ~ he said to me “I FORGOT MY PHONE”. We knew we wouldn’t be long, and I had mine with me. We got our things which ended up filling the “boot” of the car and also the back seat. We hurried into the car to get home. When we heard vibration coming from a phone. It was not mine. So we started searching. It was not in the car. I called it again, again, and again ~ till we found it on top of the car! If it had not started ringing we would of lost it for sure on the way home! And if it was there all the way to the store ~ that’s a miracle on its own:) THANKFUL FOR MIRACLES!

I’m THANKFUL FOR A SEWING MACHINE. Got it out for the first time since we have been here to sew slits on a skirt! I love this little lady! Miss her too:) WE ARE THANKFUL FOR WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND AN AWESOME FAMILY. We think of you often and pray for you everyday. We pray you will be safe and have peace and joy in your lives!


LOVE YOU! Mark and Vonnie ~ Mom and Dad ~ Grandma and Grandpa
President and Sister McSwain ~ Australia Brisbane Mission

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and the MONTH OF OCTOBER ~ didn’t last long!!

The cutest grandkids ever and their fun Halloween costumes.  How we missed being there in person to see them.  You all look great!   We didn’t get any Trick or Treaters here !

We started the month out bringing in 3 new missionaries mid-transfer.  Sister Faulofo from Samoa, Elder Waqa from Fiji  and Elder Caindoy from the Phillipines. Then a couple of weeks later we had 6 more come in.  Sister Wengert from Arizona, Sister Shakin from Wisconsin, and Sister Anitema from Tonga, Elder Paramore from Samoa, Elder Saiyvong from Laos, and Elder Faatau from Tahiti.  We just had Golden Training with all of them.  Wonderful and smart missionaries.  We are blessed to have them.

Also this month we had our wonderful friends from Farmington join our Missionary effort, Elder and Sister Redd.  We overwhelmed them when they got here, but it didn’t take them long to catch on to everything and they are doing awesome, and helping and blessing our lives and the missionaries.  We LOVE all our senior couples.  We couldn’t do this without them.  The Richins have been serving as our Senior Zone Leaders and will be going home in a few weeks.  How we will miss them!  They have taught us so much.  dsc00176img_0751img_0739

We had our first Mission Presidents Seminar this month.  It was in Adelaide.  It was wonderful.  We were taught by our wonderful Area Presidency and was able to associate with all the Mission Presidents and their wives in our area.  Some were on their 3rd year, others on their 2nd, and all the ones like us just starting that we met in the MTC.  It’s awesome how you have a natural connection with them, because we are all going thru the same type of things.  We had Elder and Sister Nielson come here a day before and met and instructed the missionaries and then our senior couples at a potluck dinner that night.  They stayed with us, along with our wonderful friends President and Sister Larkin from the Marshall Islands.  We went to the Airport all together the next morning.

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We also had 14 Missionaries depart to go home in October.  We again will miss them and wish them the best in their lives at home.  We were in Adelaide when they left and it was sad to not be with them on their last day.  We were blessed to be able to turn this over to a counselor in the Mission Presidency, President Tramachi and his wife and they said they loved it!  of Course!  We had an Elder Likio, leave mid-transfer to get home for a school scholarship and one that went home to Mt Pleasant ~ after a bad break on his ankle that he will need an operation.  We hope to have him back in 4 months or so!  We miss you Elder Condie!

Elder Simpson, Elder Gilbert, Elder Strelow, Elder Harvey, Elder Purisama, Elder Simon, Elder Sowby, Elder Gali, Elder    Sister Pongmonichai, Sister Enero, Sister Kanwid, Elder Tuichia, and Elder



We send our love and prayers for all of you.  Thanks for your support and prayers.  We need them!  THE CHURCH IS TRUE!  It is the way to true Happiness.  We invite all to find out for yourself!  Our Savior Jesus Christ lives and loves all of us.  Heavenly Father wants only for us to be happy, he IS our loving Heavenly Father.  We love to hear from you ~ we will write back at every opportunity we have.  MOM~ thank you for your letter.  It meant the world to us.  Hugs and Kisses!  MISS YOU TONS AND TONS!

Love you forever,   Mom and Dad  ~  Grandma and Grandpa

President and Sister McSwain