Sunday, March 1, 2015

missionaryMum.9 (Jan 2015)

As winter certainly settled in for 2015, Mum celebrated the beginning of the year with the Temple Square New Year's Eve concert in the JSMB.

The Christmas tree was replaced with a stage in the foyer of the JSMB.

The Andrew Sisters

Sister missionaries who were leaving to go home were singing together on Temple Square.

Then onto the Tabernacle for a concert from the Utah tenors.

And the BYU Vocal Point of 9 acappella.

Out on the street on NYE 2014.

Hi everyone, 
We had a lovely meeting last Sunday with our ward chorister singing with his three sons and his daughter playing, very special. Monday night we had a progressive FHE. I made flying Jacob- the chicken casserole for main course. It is beautiful walking to work in the half light with the snow and lights. They are very good a cleaning the paths and roads. 

4.30 we went to the JSMB to start the festivities for new Year. It was something else...entertainment all night. Good stuff too. We finished at the Tabernacle and then went down the street to see the light show. We missed the big ball falling..we were too slow. Anyway it was fun, we got home around 12.45. I was going to sleep in Thursday but Sister Hill rang at 9.30 to see what was happening for the day!!!!! We ended up going for a meal at 3 pm and then to see The Hobbitt. Friday back to work for one day...weird. It was reasonably busy actually.
Sister Coleman and I went to lunch at the Blue Lemon and then to Deseret where I bought Jesus The Christ and the study guide. Friday night we had tickets to the Symphony But Sister Snowden didn't feel up,to it so we didn't go. Hot drink, warm bed and movie on Netflix!!
Saturday wasn't much either, line dancing, swap meet and a repeat of Friday. It is still cold but no more snow has fallen since Tuesday! they say it is too cold!! There is still 4-5 inches on the ground, that hasn't melted.
And that brings me back to Sunday. I will notice it this week having to get up five days!!
Hope Collette has a lovely birthday. My power bill for December was $40 so I am pleased with that, some people hit over the $100 a month. My apt. is on the warm side.
They had turned the lights off on Friday! such a shame and now quite dark walking to work. They keep warning us about slipping.
Sister Coleman has eight weeks left so I think I will be in training for earnest this month as team leader.

Hail and Farewell fell in the middle of the month ands Mum said goodbye to her good friend, Sister Coleman.

The reception area of the JSMB on the 3rd floor - for Worldwide Patron Services. Elcer Seitz and Warden.

Since Christmas Week, there has been hardly any snow and some days have been around 16-18 degrees celsius. Mum says all the locals are commenting on the mild winter and are worried that there will not be enough water in summer now because of the lack of snow.

Wednesday I did 5 baptisms, confirmations and initiatories. How are all the male names coming along??? I have lots waiting for sealings.
Elder and Sister Aukschun are off to Hawaii for a month so that means extra shifts on the phones for me. Our team is getting quite depleted.
Thursday had to call and placate my first upset patron as team leader. Someone had been rude to her and hung up on her!!!!
Friday night was the symphony again. Tchaikovskys nutcracker and Shostakovich....he was Russian in the time of Stalin. Stalin sent most of the creative people to outer Siberia or executed them! Saturday was the usual, line dancing, washing. Went to the FHL for a couple of hours....found two more children, then went shopping.
Today we fed the missionaries at the cultural hall. Supposed to be six but ended up with ten. Lucky we had plenty of food. Tacos with all the stuff.
Well not a very busy week, no photos either I don't think!!!!!!

Of course in January we celebrate Australia Day so Mum helped with a little Australia Day celebration. I can spy fellow Tasmanians Fran Ross and Sister Pat Barwick in this pic with Mum.

This man playing the didgeridoo served in Launceston 40 years ago on his mission. Now how about that!!

I said to Mum there were not many photos sent for January and she said "that's because it's winer!!"

Monday sister Snowden started with us half days as her job is diminishing and so she will eventually move to us. Monday night Hail and farewell. The entertainment was excellent, one of the nurses did it on how laughter keeps you healthy. She had also written two songs her husband sang one about the North Pole being for sale and then she sang the other called Hold On Tight a tribute to her father.
Tuesday I started a family tree class. Once a week for seven weeks. Goes for 1 1/2 hours.
Mission conference is the second week of each month and this week it was on Rare Possessions and then the scriptures...Daniel. After work we went to the Spaghetti factory for tea. It was in a place called Trolley Square, this was originally the main shopping centre, then they had the gateway and then City Creek. It was very nice. Elder Aukschun is in Hawaii for a month so that means I have to do his shift Tuesday and Thursday, so with my class Tuesday and his shift I won't get a lunch hour for four weeks. Also no Asl class for four weeks. Wednesday had my half day in the morning as I needed to be there in the afternoon. The temple is closed for the next four weeks so that's not good. Thursday watched Dowton Abbey!!
Friday I spent six hours on P/Cs lucky it wasn't too busy. People sick and away at the moment.
So big news.....our team in the JSMB are going off P/Cs by 12th February and becoming an escalation team, that means we get all,the emails no one else can answer!!!! The field missionaries on our team are combining with indexing and they together will do P/Cs for both historical records and indexing. My team will be much smaller as it will only consist of those in the JSMB....should be interesting, no more talking to,people...I will miss that!
Saturday was a lazy day, we went to the Olive Garden for tea? Italian and very nice food and service. 
The weather is still mild, frosty mornings and lovely days. A bit like home really. There has been snow on the mountains but no more has settled here. Last week ranged from -3 to 5, one day was even 8 so we can all cope very well with that.

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