Part of what I love hearing about from Mum's mission is all the different people she is meeting from around the world. There are currently missionaries from 12 different countries serving with Mum so she is getting a wonderful cultural experience.
This was a yummy Japanese meal put on by Elder and Sister Serrao
Already the massive job of putting up the tree lights for Christmas was starting. Mum said they do this every second year so she can't wait to see what it all looks like.
Monday I ran off the photos from Facebook and everyone was quite impressed. No one knew what a wombat was. I have him on my computers at work. Sister Snowden has had a tiring week, only working part of the day. She has to go next Tuesday to an orthopaedic surgeon and will have to have a plate in her wrist.,that is day surgery. She had applied to the property management to pay her bills so hopefully that will work out. As we have to pay the first $2000 and then a lot of the rest. FHE we watched the Seventeen Miracles movies, always good. One of the sisters has her ancestor in it. Monday the Christmas lights started to go up. The use cherry pickers and go up,and down on long ropes. Every branch and twig has lights and they are wound all down the trunk. Very tiny lights. The trees are done every second year. Will be amazing to see the end result. We can watch them our the window at work. Monday the Temple opened again with 87 weddings that day. It has been so busy all week hundreds of people everywhere, they all waited till,it opened again!! I went to the temple Wednesday afternoon. I have completed all ordinances for 48 people and have sealed 27 couples since I came. I have to move the family tree along a bit faster as I am catching up to myself!! Thursday I found a wife in Grandfather steers line with the wrong surname! that's why I couldn't get passed them. Can't. Now really either, she was born in Ireland and with a surname of griffin and a first name of Bridget...well I think there are about 1300 of them!!!! Looks like he was a convict, he hailed from London and there are thousand of William steers from London!!! Anyway at least now I can do there children. I found there marriage certificate, that's how I verified it.
During August Mum went to the Ogden Temple open house.
Sister Snowden, Mum, Sister Hill and her relatives.
Inside the exhibition tent.
And just some ice-cream they found on the way home.
Can't remember what I told you about last time. Our Japanese meal was amazing, and so
easy. Sister Serrao, who is Hawaiian! had cut up all the meat and vegetables and we just cooked them at the table. It was all very nice. For our zone social this month we had a fellow doing magic tricks. For food we had chilli tacos and root beer floats, I just have the root beer without the ice cream, I don't like the floats. We have had a bit of rain and storms over the last couple of weeks. The morning temperatures have dropped a little too. Work is very busy and they say it gets busier once summer and the holidays are over. Schools went back this week. The monthly lecture in the Assembly Hall was about Alexander Schreiner, a tabernacle organist for over 50 years, some of his descendants were there. He wrote the music to many of our hymns. Saturday last week the concert was put on by the descendants of Joseph smith Emma hale and Brigham young. Elder Ballard organized it, he must be a descendant, he was supposed to speak but couldn't make it. Last Monday for FHE we had ice ream in the Gazebo. Banana splits, very nice. Thursday we went to the Ogden Temple open house. It took an hour to get there and the actual tour is 45 minutes. Then there is an exhibition tent to go through. It was very big and so beautiful. The decore and materials used are so well done. No chandelier in this celestial room, it is a big glass dome. Lots of the fittings, including the water fountains, are burnished copper. We intend to go back for a session there. I think the dedication is next Sunday and we all watch at church. Then of course the Farrs ice cream factory was right across the road. I had bear claw ice cream!!!! Verrrry nice.
She also went on a picnic to an historic home and farm in Centerville.
Imagine cooking on this - prehistoric thermomix!!
An example of a handcart. All your potions in there!
Wow what a telephone.
The beautiful gardens of the farm.
Everyone got to take a bag of plums and peaches home from the fruit trees.
Mum sent some pics of the building she works in, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB) that has 10 floors and she is on the 3rd. This is the hallway she traverses each day.
The ground floor of the JSMB
Looking up to the mezzanine level.
A reception room off to the side.
Mum loves taking photos of the gardens as she works home from the JSMB to her apartment.
Celebrating Sister Reeve's birthday at the Lion House.
And right at the end of the month, Mum went out for with Jen (Jayme's girlfriend) and her companion. Sister Snowden cam along too. (Sorry about the grainy pics). Another jam packed month. I can't wait to start seeing the beautiful Autumn leaves.