Thursday, August 2, 2012
It is now, let's see if it will work,only in HTML, I've been trying for a week to get my blog to work, only when Shan is on the phone does it work. I'm going to try this and see what happens. First little flit is we saw our first kangaroos. The Lifferth's took us to a little reserve about 20 min away and we must have seen 25 or more of all sizes. I'll show a few here and more on email so you can see them better. Well, no such luck, I can't bring in any pictures, so off to email and I'll send these to family and those who are interested.
Friday, July 20, 2012
|The last picture with Nelson grandchildren, I'll be in last position when we get home in two years!|
Qantus had great service. We were on the end of an inside isle row which made it nice getting up for walks, etc. I slept the first hour and woke up for dinner @ 12:30am which was delishous -I had salmon and veggies dinner and Brent had chicken. After a walk I slept about 4 hrs, Dad watched "Hunger Games" until they had to shut down entertainment to get the system working for the whole plane. I slept well as did Brent, surprisingly, and had several walks and achieved the swollen legs we had been warned about. About 5am (12 hrs after dinner) we had a delishous hot breakfast and landed not too long after that. We made it through customs in Sydney without much difficulty.
I can't think of a more special place to work than where we are. We met the staff and got keys to our house, the office and a phone. We thought we would have internet at home but don't...thus no email or blog....today we came into the Office for P(reparation)-day, our day off, so I could try and remember how to blog and we also went to buy a headlight for the mission van that we drive so it has two working ones now. Without internet we can't use Vonage phone service and one company won't let us use it and another can't hook it up to our house; so we're trying to figure out what to do. Our home is a 4 bedroom house that is used to house sister missionaries during transfers, so we have lots of room for visitors.
Trying to get food enough for everything has been a challenge, greek yogurt isn't as popular here as at home and greens are pretty expensive, but I'm working on it. I'm supposed to make cookies for transfers on Tuesday but there are no cookies sheets or 9x13 pans that I have found yet. Well, I've deleted this by accident once and hopefully won't again. We have to do a little more shopping and i haven't bought stamps yet, but am working on that next. We love each of you and appreciate your support. At least I can write at work and receive email here. Tomorrow we go to our new Ward that the Lifferth's and the other office missionary sister who is helping train me, both attend; there will be a few familiar faces. Many missionaries wander through the office each week, especially this coming one with transfers occurring, so that will be fun to get to know them. There are about 30 different nationalities of missionaries and 5 languages spoken in the mission.
Our cell phone number is: 0404 090 739, I can't remember what codes you put first.(0011 1 ?)
Our address is: 21 Fraser Crescent, Wantirna South, Victoria 3152, Australia
Mission Office is: 76 Cathies Place, Wantirna South, Victoria 3152, Australia
Email us with questions or letters!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
|Our own cubby & computers for the day or hour.|
We have been working at computers all week. Dad has been working on finances which includes apartments, paying bills, vendors, utilities, missionary payments,vehicles, referrals, etc. I've learned how to make letter templates, newsletters, text boxes, mission correspondence, using various church programs, and referrals. I now have a great respect for Office Seniors, I had no idea they had so many responsibilities! I am awed at all the Church does to bring the blessings of the gospel to the world. We love being with the missionaries
|We are standing with Sisters Mega (Allen) Hunter (one of our instructors) and Gloria Shick, both from our Washington DC North Mission.|
We actually got our tickets, passports and visas today, we are ready to leave Monday afternoon! Shannon and others are going to take us to the airport. We fly to LAand arrive 0425pm and layover there 5 1/2 hours. Then we leave Monday at 1010pm for 15 hr. flight to Sydney, arriving Wednesday @ 610am; we leave again 0830am and finally arrive in Melbourne 1005am (same as 0405pm Tuesday in Mesa)...got all that straight! We'll contact you somehow after that and let you know how things are going.
Monday, July 9, 2012
|Kent (Brent's cousin) and Peggy Woffinden, Pam and Brent|
From there we went to a Departing Missionary Fireside; there were 410 of us leaving this week. It was special to hear from the MTC Presidency, hear phenomenal musical numbers by missionaries and just by so uplifted and edified.
|Sister Hayli Kennedy found us after the Fireside (why blue?)|
We were excited to see Sr. Kennedy (Jim and Julia's daughter), she is so excited, enthusiastic and has also had amazing experiences in the MTC.
Monday started off with the 24 of us assigned to Office service in our missions learning basics about computers. We progressed to word processing (Micrsoft Word), introduction to the Church's iMOS, Mission Organization system and finished the day with spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel). My mind was overstuffed with information I couldn't process all at once. It was amazing and with some practice, I'll probably catch on. This was all review for Brent and I appreciated his support.
We found 2 sisters from our Washington DC North Mission -- Megan Allen Hunter was a young missionary and Gloria Shick was a senior and super sharp sister, it was so good to see both of them, like a friend from home.
Friday, July 6, 2012
This is our District while we were in the MTC (Missionary Training Center). In front: Br. Carrington and Br. Wozniak were our teachers for the week and made it fun to learn. From L to R: us, Sr. Humphreys and Sr. Crummett (Polynesian Cultural Center in HA.), Bendio's (Canada Montreal), Brinkerhoff's (England Leed), Goodsell's (Adriatic North)
What a wonderful week this has been. The Spirit has been so strong and we met some wonderful friends. Our District is spread across the world, where they are pointing at the map. Elder Goodsell was in Brent's Ward in Arlington, VA when they lived back there as a child and his wife went to Brent's mission a few years after him. Elder Bendio was a missionary companion to Brent's brother, Gary to his mission in Paris, France.
We heard such powerful Devotionals from Elder Kukuchi and Holland. As uncomfortable as it was, practicing teaching was a positive growing experience. We got to sing in the Missionary Choir, it brought tears to my eyes to sing "Called To Serve" with over 2000 other missionaries. Moms, you don't have to worry about your young people being fed well, the food was amazing with a huge menu every day. There were 114 Senior missionaries, 6 of them sisters, the largest group ever. There are over 2000 younger missionaries, 2/3 of all missionaries go to the Provo MTC.