Dear Family and Friends,Another week flies by and we are running as fast as we can. We are sharing pictures that are a little bit out of order, but since our life is hectic this week with transfers, we will do the best we can to find a common thread and hopefully this will make sense. We took this amazing shot of the headlands - the opening to Sydney Harbour - from Manly. We were actually in a place called The North Head. We think that makes sense because it is the land on the north side of the Harbour. We are looking towards the South Head. We are always amazed what a change of perspective can do for our attitudes as well as our views of life. Sometimes we just need to stand back and try to see what is happening from an eternal persepective. We heard this week about our sweet sister missionary in the Australia Sydney South Mission who was struck by a car while she was getting back into the car. She has been in our prayers each day. Her parents are here with her and she is in stable but critical condition. We hope all of you will also pray for her. Life is very fragile and we have a greater appreciation of that principle the older we get.
|The Baulkham Hills Zone plus 3 - Elder and Sister Feil, and one assistant. Those assistants get around!|
|At the dress rehearsal, Elder Feil was trying to read his scriptures, but the Elders and Sister Feil wanted to get his picture as well as his attention. These Elders are great performers!!|
|The sisters all wanted their picture taken with President. He is not very tall - 5'9" but notice how short some of them are! You can imagine what they think of Elder and Sister Feil - we are the giants!|
|Some Elders just want their picture to be in the Ensign - we will see if that is a mission. We could travel around the world and take pictures of the missionaries.|
|The love missionaries have for one another is something to be admired and emulated. They serve, help, lift, encourage, and bless all they know and meet.|
Sunday was a Stake Fireside that is put on every 3 months by our missionary zones. The zones get to plan and execute under the direction of the stake presidents. The Baulkham Hills Zone decided to work around a presentation of the Plan of Salvation. They wrote and performed a short play using the story of missionaries teaching a couple about the plan of salvation. They had musical numbers by the missionaries to emphasize certain principles. Missionaries made all of the props, executed the staging and lighting, and were able to teach all of us about the great plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has for us.
The evening went well and we were all blessed for being there. We are struggling to get all our information in order here today - we love technology but sometimes it seems to hate us. Forgive us for being techno-tard
The Elders and Sisters are so capable and we run to keep up. This week has also brought lots of changes as transfer week always does. We received 8 missionaries and sent 5 home including a zone leader and an assistant. We also have new Sister Training Leaders. That is a fairly recent call for Sisters. They travel throughout the mission training and helping other sisters on trade-offs. During Transfer Week, they are all able to meet with the mission president and receive help on their new assignments. Each new missionary has a trainer that helps him adjust for the next 6+ weeks. We had mostly Australians and New Zealanders arriving so there were few visa issues. But we did get 2 Americans who are both speaking Mandarin! Heavenly Father's plan is a world wide plan! So we bid goodbye to Elders and Sisters that we have come to know and love and hope to see when we get home. Our "Leaving" time is fast approaching and we are getting a little sad... :(
|Companions for a time and then friends through a lifetime.|
These Zone Leaders are a dynamic duo.
|There are a lot of black swans seen at Lake Macquarie. Unfortunately, they stay far from the shore, but fortunately, WE have a telephoto lens.... :)|
|Two old geezers at the park near Lake Macquarie. Our wonderful friend took us on a guided tour of the area prior to the evening meal, which they provided.|
|Food, fun with good friends and cousins. Grandma and Grandpa Smith are well loved for all the service and the love they give.|