When the missionaries come through the office there are joyful associations. We love to see them, converse and assist them. Then they are quickly on their way back to their areas. We love the noise, hustle, bustle, fun, and then it is quiet again.
At times there is serious business to take care of as shown by these two great servants of the Lord.
We have teachers, nurses, lawyers, dentists, an architect, an accountant, a banker, a pilot, farmers, businessman, and homemakers!
We love the Lord, we love His work, and we rejoice that we are needed. Ammon said it best in Alma 26:15 "We have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work."
The conference training was uplifting and excellent. It was followed by a very enjoyable meal at a local restaurant. The food was great and the conversations were fun. Associations here will be remembered for a long time.
|While standing at a football field to take these pictures, 5-7 others stopped, got out of their cars, and joined us in this endeavor to capture the perfect sunset. We stood with strangers enjoying a few beautiful moments at the end of day.|
Now we return to man made places. These are photos at the Chinese Garden located near Darling Harbour. It is a place of beauty and peace within a very busy and large city.
Sister is practicing "moving mountains" which she strives to do each day! Elder, on the other hand, seems to make it to his "happy place" in spite of the chaos he works with.
Rubbing the baby's head for good luck?
The structures are beautifully built. This pagoda is at the center of the park and on the highest point. Two waterfalls run down on either side of this building.
|Fun with a family who dressed up in traditional Chinese clothing.|
They invited Sister to join in their photo. We love the different cultures we meet each day.
|The old guy enhancing the beauty of the place :)|
The Kookaburra is a favorite bird in Australia. It is hard to get a good photo of them. This young one posed for quite awhile. It helped us get a good closeup shot. His friend joined him for one shot.
Above, left, shows the contrast between ancient and modern architecture. Left shows the ancient dress with modern electronics! We hope you can see that our world is always one of contrasts. We love and embrace those differences!
This garden was a gift from the city of Guandang China to Sydney. It is close to the Chinatown area of Sydney but everyone comes to view and enjoy. The old guy is conquering his world.
Creative design came from Guandang, China but the handsomeness of the old guy came from years of ancestors providing the perfect genes!
|Circular designs are also present and we know Sister Feil can just go round and round until she finishes her projects or gets you to finish projects!|
|At sunset the colors were beautiful. We can't say enough about the beauties of this land.|
Previously we had seen a Platypus in the wild from a trail but couldn't get a photo. They move around a lot and disappear in the water. So, this is as close as we will get for a photo of these unique creatures. One of our missionaries captured these shots and shared the photos with us.
|Two sisters arrived from Papua New Guinea who have been waiting for a visa since last November. They are happy to be here and we are excited they finally arrived. Here is one with her new companion, ready to take her bedding to her area.|
The mail room becomes a temporary luggage storage facility when missionaries arrive. It is quickly cleared out after they have received their assignments and head out to their areas.