|This is also our life - you can go multiple ways to get to the same spot!|
|There are beautiful peaceful spots in Australia and we each must search out our own.|
|This spot reminds us of Arizona - a bridge over dry ground! We are certain it fills up sometimes, but not today.|
|The water was rushing down this hole in the rock like water in a toilet. It was swirling clockwise - is that what it is supposed to do in the Southern Hemisphere?|
|The handing off of the baton, so to speak, to the wonderful, new office couple for the Australia Sydney North Mission. We all went to church at Mt. Druitt and they are ready to move into our flat as soon as we vacate!|
During transfer week, the missionaries all thought we had to leave then too, so it became yet another round of goodbye photos and hugs for all. It was hard to get work done but well worth all the love that was flowing everywhere.
We have great memories of each of these missionaries as they have come into the mission. Some we will see again in the USA but others we may never see again. That is what makes saying goodbye so difficult.
|The Sisters were trying to weigh their luggage and fit everything in. We will be doing the same in a few days. I hope we have an easier time than these two.|
Elder Feil amongst the Elders who are returning home. They are great young men and we will miss their smiling faces.
More goodbye photos. Guyana, USA, Australia, Tonga, Micronesia, Samoa, and Vanuatu. We will have lots of places to visit with friends in every country. And we keep telling them they can come to Lehi - but only for 2 weeks. Then they will have to move on.
|This was the new Penrith Zone plus a few extras on temple day. This includes, Canada, USA, Philippines, Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Australia, and Vanuatu|
|New Zone companionships add interest and a change of scenery for each companionship. We enjoy seeing the growth over the time of the transfer and it is always exciting to see the new companionships.|
Malaysia, Indonesia, American Samoa, Taiwan, USA, we love each one and try to speak something in their language - even if it is only hello or goodbye.
Transfer week is very busy and many missionaries pass through the mission office. This was our last hurrah with most of these missionaries. They must go back to their areas and back to work teaching and serving.
Our district leaders were down for the day for training and that was our only time to say goodbye to each of them. We will tell you that we shed many tears these past weeks as we said goodbye.
The Sister Training Leaders help train the sister missionaries and of course brighten our day. They come for training every transfer after District Leader Training. Australia, Samoa, Taiwan, USA, New Zealand. Better than the United Nations because they actually love each other and get something done!
Our last Sunday at the Mt Druit ward included the Primary Program with Sister Feil as the pianist. These children sang on key and knew the songs all by heart. They had learned A Child's Prayer in Samoan, I Stand All Amazed in Tongan, and the rest in English. It was an amazing program and we have posted a few of the numbers on facebook.
We allowed the brave ones to climb up the ropes to the crows nest. And we stayed safe and sound on the deck. Our friends, the Smiths, climbed up on their cruise the next day. However, they are younger and braver than us.
Elder had the opportunity to help open the sails under the expert supervision of a real sailor. It was harder to perform this duty than it looks. Now it is understood what hard work it is to be on the crew of a sailing ship.
See what a great job he did? The wind was so strong, we only needed two sails to get back to Sydney.
It was a bell ringing activity and even the Captain of the ship gave his approval!
|The crew included 4 sailors, as well as a guitarist who provided entertainment. Most of the crew was from Europe and are working their way around Australia to see the country.|
This is David, one of the crew members. He is from Sweden, we think. He says this kind of work is good since it pays his board and room.
|We ended the night by walking the Cahill Expressway across the bridge. We have loved this city and enjoyed taking pictures for the last hurrah! Google has helped us learn how to take night photos and this is the result. The very busy Circular Quay is magnificent under the night lights. After walking the Harbour Bridge once more, we caught the train back from Milsons Point to Epping, ending a wonderful week.|