This has been a tough week (at least for me). Mainly because of the heat! For nearly a week we have had temperatures which can only be described as “uncomfortable”! It was six days of over 100F or over 38C here! There was a few days where it was 102-104F! (up to 40C). Apparently Adelaide and Melbourne were hotter! Most of these wonderful Aussies just took it in stride. I felt like I was melting… It’s not that we don’t experience this kind of heat in SoCal…we do…but I don’t handle it well there, either! It started breaking yesterday and today is heavenly cool by comparison! I have told my Father in Heaven how grateful I am.
Enough of me…and on to we…
Whether you live in America or Australia, summer is for vacations and holidays. Those summer vacations and school breaks come right at Christmas and just beyond here. So its vacation time and school breaks! This makes teaching Institute a little tricky. We have suspended our day classes at the University for the month. But we have continued to hold our Stake Night class. We finished up our course on “Teachings of the Living Prophets” and had a few weeks to fill before we start our new course in February. We have lined up some guest speakers. Last week the Family History specialists in the stake came and showed our young people how to do Family Search Indexing. (Pictures below) They enjoyed learning a new skill and hopefully this will be one way they can provide service in the future. Tomorrow we have a brother from the stake who specializes in Internet Technologies coming to tell our students about internet usage and protections. And in another week, our wonderful Stake President is coming to speak to our class. He is a professional counselor and we know his insights, both spiritual as well as practical will benefit our students.
This last week we spent time preparing for our Seminary Kick-off fireside which was held last night. It turned out well. We have three Seminary teachers here in this stake. We had a student speak, a teacher speak and a parent speak. It was really good and topped off with a great talk by our wonderful Stake President! We are excited to get the new Seminary and Institute year started. This was preceded by a Seminary teacher training that we did a week ago last Saturday. Lots of prep for that as it went over several hours. Our wonderful director drove here from Sydney to attend, teach and bring materials. Then he turned around and drove home. He’s a good man who we appreciate and love for all his help.
As promised I will put a few more pictures of our trip to the National Museum as well as the Fast Breaker we held here in our little flat…both which were held before the stifling heat wave. We love being with the kids. It’s what keeps us young!
These first two were taken right inside the museum before our tour group was told that we could not take pictures. I put my camera away and enjoyed just looking. The first is the aboriginal memorial. We were told that originally aborigines would bury their dead in the hollow of a tree and their bodies would return to the earth. These represent the ways in which they would decorate the tree trunks and is a memorial to all those native aborigines that have died in the fight for recognition and autonomy. There was a story for the second one which was a traditional story from the islands between Australia and Papa New Guinea. The other photos were of us or outside with us. Love the sculptures outside!
This bunch of photos were taken by someone who picked up my camera at the Fast Breaker event we had at our flat! Point to remember…never leave your camera where someone can get it…!
They can be quite the characters. These last photos are from our Institute class last week when we were doing our Indexing class.
These photos reflect our work here…what we do. And we are very thankful for these people! They’re the best! We love them! We are reflecting a little on the fact that we have now been on our mission for 11 months and have only 7 more months to serve here. In fact, we are in serious denial that it will ever come to an end, but it will. I just re-read in our notes from the MTC, that we spend our entire missions training our replacements. Hard to think about.
Until next time…