Monday, October 19, 2015

Last week was a sad one as we had to say goodbye to Gordon and Wileen Henderson.  Gordon discovered some lumps on his neck and they tested positive for cancer.  They were advised to seek immediate treatment so they left quickly.  We love the Hendersons and had so much fun with them both in our shared responsibilities in the ward and also seeing the wonders of Sydney together.

We had two wonderful baptisms last week.  Gary from China is so committed and involved and excited about this new step in his life.  Angelica from Brazil is a bit more hesitant and has some language issues, so I kind of fear for her commitment.  But it was a beautiful baptism.  We have such great support from ward members and they bring great excitement to the baptisms.  We went to the baptism with Alex and Alexis, who seem to be developing a cute relationship which we hope will flourish.

We love walking across the street and relax and enjoy the beauty of Hyde Park.  For the past 2 weeks there has been a "Friends" movie set in the park that people could go inside and get their picture taken and have a coffee.  There has literally been a long line from 8 am to 10 pm waiting to get in.  The flowers and trees are in full bloom and we feel like we are in the Garden of Eden at times.  How blessed we are with such beauty all around.

We had a Relief Society Day of Service on Saturday that turned out so well.  There were about 20 sisters in attendance.  We met first and folded origami birds to take to the Senior Center.  These Asian sisters are pretty amazing in their folding abilities.  Then we  took the train to the Center and sang for the patients and then gave the birds and visited.  It was so beautiful to watch these sweet sisters interact with the patients.  They are so kind and tender even though communication was somewhat difficult at times.  Then we went to the park for lunch.  It was a really great service experience and I am so grateful for these sweet young girls.

Our Family Home Evenings are so fun here.  We have about 25-30 attending, with usually 5 or more investigators.  We have a great YSA committee  who plan the lesson, activity and treats.  Last night we celebrated a birthday and someone's acceptance at BYUI.  It certainly is much more exciting than the FHE's Allan and I used to have.  Once a month Allan and I attend FHE with 8 other missionary couples and Pres and Sis Checketts and that is really a fun time together.  We are planning the couples FHE in the city in Nov.

Can you get a feeling of how much we love this mission.  It is such a blessing in our lives to support the 12 young missionaries and all the young adults here.  What joy we feel at the end of each day!!

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