Monday, August 10, 2015

All of our cute missionaries wanted to celebrate "Christmas in July" so we drew names and planned a yummy dinner.  We decorated with some pretty random decorations found in a cupboard; re: Christmas octopus centerpiece.  Everyone brought food for a great dinner and then we did secret santa gifts which were so fun and creative.  How we love all these fun and totally dedicated missionaries.  They truly bless our lives.  (as a SAD sidenote: half way through the dinner while eating corn on the cob, Allan broke one of his front tooth vaneers and had to make a hasty departure, later resulting in a $2500 dentist visit)

One of our favorite P-day walks is to Darling Harbour, a short 15 minute jaunt to relax and enjoy the sights. This day happened to be the Sydney Boat Show with the harbour filled with hundreds of boats for sale or time share.  The sights of this place never cease to amaze.

We have been teaching Temple Prep classes to a cute couple from China.  They both have lived in Sydney about 2 years,and Wynn joined the church soon after arriving.  Tanya joined about a year later and they became acquainted in the ward.  They are being sealed later this month.  They are the shining example to ALL these other young singles that young people REALLY DO GET MARRIED!!
We had a fun Relief Society activity last week.  We (the Sister missionaries) taught hair braiding and it turned out so fun.  They set up the chairs like a train and everyone practiced their new hair braiding techniques on the person in front of them.  It was so fun and then we enjoyed mini pavlovas for dessert.

Last weekend we were so blessed to attend TOFW in Sydney.  There was a grand array of speakers: Elaine Dalton, Heidi Swinton (she wrote Pres. Monson's autobiography), Sherrie Dew , Brad Wilcox, and musical entertainment by David Archeluta and Sandra Turley.  It was such a fun day with 6 other Senior missionaries.  The next evening this group did a fireside for all Sydney North missionaries so we got a grand weekend of inspiring talks and amazing music.
This past weekend we also had 3 new baptisms--Jessica from Brazil, Baberly from Peru and Jo from Thailand.  We never cease to be amazed how the Lord leads his beautiful children to find the gospel in different lands and places. Sunday at Sacrament meeting we had 30 visitors and 20 were Chinese investigators.  We love serving here in this ward where missionary work is on fire!!

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