We have been involved in training on the new referral manager system which handles referrals from all over the world. We usually get referrals from Salt Lake/BYU as people go to the Church's web site and request information or material. We then send it to the missionaries who are working in that area. Other missionaries also get referrals throughout their days and we send those on to other missionaries as well as missions.
A full moon deserves a photo moment - if Church archives is lacking in pictures of the Sydney Temple, we think we can supply them. We have also enjoyed taking tours of other temples this week via web sites and are carefully watching the progress of the Indianapolis Indiana Temple where Brandt provides construction expertise. We hope we can visit more temples before we leave here and look forward to visiting temples where our children live in the US. Did we mention that we have been able to do the work for 31 ancestors that we have found since coming on our mission?
TOURIST SATURDAY Back to Sydney for a different view - from the top of a double decker tourist bus. We really are "accidental tourists" as people want to know how long we are visiting Sydney and we say, "18 months". That always brings more questions and we are able to explain about our mission and about the Church. Most people don't read the name tags but we hope after they talk to us, they will be more receptive to missionaries the next time they see the tag. Sooooo....The clock tower at Central Station. We came here the first month of our mission to sign on a lease. On Saturday, we finally realized we had been here before and how that related to the whole city! Maybe we have been here so long we really aren't tourists anymore.
|This is St. Mary's Cathedral - does this silhouette remind anyone of another famous building??? We were thinking of Salt Lake?|
This is more building art - in Bondi - and we just realized that they have a Saturday Market that we may have to visit before we come home.
The why of these photos - the top one has so many electric wires in it. Are there that many electric wire in the US or have we just forgotten? Maybe it has more to do with the wires spoiling our beautiful view. And then there are the unique additions to shops - little models that help describe the shop. This airplane is outside of a children's shop. This could go in any child's bedroom - any takers?
We have never been to this side of the harbour - Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Double Bay and on to Kings Cross. We want to come back for a quick run and stop to see the views. So many places have matching names in England. They have kept their English heritage much better than the US. We were the rebellious children. :)
|Woolloomooloo is an aboriginal word meaning baby kangaroo. And kangaroo means "I don't know what you are talking about." At least, the tour guide is passing this for fact so we can blame him for any inaccuracy!|
|These buildings are by the University of Technology Sydney. Did all of these people decide to grow the same plants?? How do you get this effect without planning? Just a few thoughts.|
|There were instructions on how to use the toilet in the women's restroom - no pictures were taken of that either, but it was quite instructive.|
|The Anzac Bridge - we have been over this twice this week and have seen it now from several different angles. It is the means of getting us to the Italian Bakery - so you may see more pictures before we are through.|
The Wharf area by Darling Harbour also has a Japanese Garden. We realized that we have not been there yet. We have so much to do and so little time. We are adding to our Australia Bucket List.
The views from the Rocks - so called because of the Rocks that were part of the Harbour in that area.
QVB and the symbol over the Customs Building. The Paragon Hotel/Honey Bee/McDonalds are all part of history and wrapped up in one building. No we do not eat at McDonalds. And we do not eat at KFC either. Just saying...
There are so many clock towers and we don't know the history of all of these old clocks. They remind us that our time is ticking and we must use it wisely.
We met 3 more couples here for dinner. The Sydney Tower has several restaurants, 4d movie theater and skywalk. We were here only for the restaurant that rotates while you eat. As for the cost - $85 per person for 2 course meal and $95 for 3 course meal. We considered this a once in a lifetime meal and with the view and experience, well worth it.
|If you have been paying attention, you can now name this Bridge - Anzac. Yet another view but this time from the Tower.|
|The added bonus was a sunset thrown in for next to nothing.|
Taking these pictures was a little tricky considering the floor is moving at one revolution in 65 minutes. They can crank it up to 1 in 20 minutes, but not recommended when people are eating and drinking.
|The reflections and lighting were tricky to work with but we hope this gives you a feel for our experience. We were the heavy drinkers - lots of "still water" as opposed to "sparkling water".|
|Who is that guy blocking the view and why can we still see the lights through him?? The mysteries of reflection, light, and cameras is something that also needs more learning.|
While we didn't take pictures of the food we will tell you what we ate. Entree - Kangaroo Carpaccio and 360 Pate. Main Course - Seared King Salmon and Roasted Rack of Lamb. Dessert - 360 Platter for 2 - Rhubarb Panna Cotta, Dark Chocolate Marquise with salty caramel ice cream, Pineapple Turnover and Snickers Semifreddo.