It is Sunday afternoon; probably most of you are sleeping soundly, anticipating the Sabbath. Church this morning was pretty good. I especially liked having one of my favorite and not often sung hymns, "He is Risen," sung as the rest hymn. I know I am confused, but I'm wondering if in Australia Easter comes in September, which is early spring, here. Blossoms outside our flat are in bloom, and when the wind blows in the right direction, their fragrance is very sweet. The wind gusts pretty much non-stop, and there are areas in downtown Melbourne that we are convinced are wind tunnels.
They swarmed us for food and only drew blood a couple of times
Statues were cast in clay, fired, then attached to rocks. Figures appear to be growing out of the rocks. This work was done in the 1960's and there are dozens of statues, mostly Aboriginal in nature.
We are blessed to work with wonderful missionaries, who carry their Sunday meal to the Branch in their backpacks. (note the frozen chicken breast and salad.)
Elder Staples and Elder Kirklin
Baptism of 3 Vietnamese
Family Home Evening Activity at the Branch
The missionaries are teaching many Chinese and Vietnamese people, and we are thankful to report baptisms and great conversion stories. One man named Chris, who has two masters degrees in engineering, committed to baptism after just one lesson. The field is certainly ripe, ready for the harvest, and we are thankful to be able to contribute in very small ways. Mostly we smile, talk with the members and investigators to the extent they understand English, make food for almost daily activities in the Branch, and occasionally assist in teaching.
Our Kitchen is Very Small
We were able to rent the trolly for $50 to help us bring the file cabinet 3 blocks back to the Branch. No one seemed to give us a second glance.
Our flat is small, and getting the things we need sometimes can be a bit of a challenge, but we manage public transportation pretty well, and we walk a lot. Sometimes the Zone Leaders give us a ride.
There are many historic sites in Melbourne, and the architecture is a great mix of old and new.
Depending on the day, we are adjusting to missionary work and the new culture into which we've been immersed. We do know our Heavenly Father loves us and each or you, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. We are thankful to feel safe and that we have the physical, financial, spiritual, and generally the emotional strength to serve here.