Sunday, June 16, 2013

Work in the Office and Work at The Rocks

Sister Haynes is getting ready to move to the Australia Sydney South Mission - notice her big smile??? She and her husband are from Brisbane Australia and have helped us learn about the office procedures.  We will miss them when they leave in a few days.

 The Fleet Elders are the Unsung Heroes of the office.  They help buy, furnish, move, clean, the cars as well as the missionary flats.  They go and do all that they are asked and are always willing to help.  They even helped move our piano to an inside wall when we first moved in.  Elder Puriri is from New Zealand with grandparents in the US.  Elder Leneham on the left, is from Brisbane area and Elder Gowans is from Centerville Utah.  Elder Feil has enjoyed several shopping trips to Ikea, The Good Guys, and Bing Lee.  Who knew Elder Feil was such an avid shopper!?!

 Elder Haynes and Elder Feil are always found together in this room counting out the money.  And paying lots of bills.  Elder Haynes will head south with his wife to sort out the Australis Sydney South Mission.  What will Elder Feil do without his constant Financial companion.  You will be missed Elder Haynes.
 These are the Assistants to the President.  They have been helping with the massive transfer that will take place this week when 13 go home and 11 come in as well as deciding who will be in the North Mission and who will be in the South.  President and Sister Howes spent hours praying, studying, thinking, and pondering.  The three - Elder Hoer, from Farmington Utah, Elder Thompson from American Fork Ut., and Elder Shim from Korea, help President teach, train, and transfer.  They are great leaders.
Sister Feil at the desk - she looooovesssss this computer and sits and stares at it all day long!  Notice it is dark outside??  That is because she is working at her new work ethic that her son Casey says she needs to get.  :) 

Play Day - off to the Rocks with Sister Jorgenson, and Sister Tanner.  
 This is the Rivercat that goes up and down the Parramatta River between Sydney and Rydalmere Park.
 Elder Kohlert with Public Relations is ready for his duties as tour guide.

 The amazing view from the river - notice the kayaker right in the middle.  Crazy blue both above and below.

 The Sydney Harbour Bridge.  And this is Sister Arvidson, another native Aussie from Adelaide.
 Brother Arvidson grew up in Sydney so he was the real tour guide for the day showing us his home town.  Elder Feil wants a hat just like his!

That is the oldest house in Sydney that they are refurbishing.  The stone house belonged to the Bay Master who watched over Sydney Harbour.

 And this shows why it is called The Rocks.  This part of Sydney is literally built on the rocks that make up this part of the Sydney Bay.  Today it is clean and beautiful and a mixture of old and new architecture.  There is shopping, eating, and art galleries everywhere, as well as historical monuments thrown in for good learning measure.

 This outdoor furniture is all made of metal and put here to be oversized and artistic.  It is in the Founders Park and shows the area where homes were build right into the sand.

 Elder Feil and the Old Tree.  Again a metal living room surrounded by apartments and ledges.

Couldn't resist a little tree hanging.  One of the first days of wearing pants - we were off duty.
 But when Elder Kohlert and Elder Feil found this lovely door they couldn't resist a little "door-knocking" with Sister Arvidson giving the usual "go away" answer.  Keep knocking Brethren, the next door my prove productive!

 This is another picture of endurance - the roots of the tree grow right over the rocks.  They don't worry about fertile ground, they make the best of a hard situation.  A great reminder for all of us as we follow the Savior.

This is a fig tree that was planted in 1992.  This shows what a little water, pruning, a fertilizer can do to help a tree planted in fertile ground.  Sister Baker, from Moses Lake Washington, Sister Tanner, from Payson Utah, Sister Jorgenson, from Washington, and Sister Kohlert, from Salt Lake City area, and Sister Feil trying to climb the tree - no success - she's too old!  In fact, we are all older than this tree!

 At the top of Observatory Hill with a magnificent view.  All six couples made it to the top.

 And this is out of order but shows us still working!

Brother Arvidson, up close and personal.

 Statue of William Bligh - remember that name?  I'll bet some of you have read about him.
 The narrow alleys in The Rocks area were dangerous places to walk through.  This one is Surgeons Alley.  And these are some dangerous criminals - or not.  Sister and Elder Baker, Sister and Elder Jorgenson.

Under the Harbour Bridge Roadway.  Where has all the traffic gone?

Some of the original old houses that used to be in this area.  Most were torn down when an outbreak of Bubonic Plague struck in the early 1900's.  

The enduring fig trees and the ever blue waters off Cockatoo Island.  Physical reminders of endurance, perseverance, and industry and the blessings that come from those qualities.   May we each strive to work and grow where ever we are planted.

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