Saturday, July 25, 2015

missionaryMum.13 (May 2015)

The last month of Spring and the flowers put on a show!

Who would have thought that not too long ago it was snowing.

And now this… loving the fairy tulips.

Such glorious clear blue days ready for the heat of summer next month.

Mum went on a trip to Park City, about 50 mms away from SLC in Utah.

Mum with Sister Snowden and Sister Denley.

Brother and Sister Denley.

She said there was some interesting architecture, surrounded by hills with ski slopes.
This is the old railway station. It used to be a mining town and in winter is completely covered in snow.

They came back out through immigration canyon, the trail which the pioneers came in on and comes out at "This is the Place".

This was the Main Street.

Mum got some lovely things from home for Mother's Day.

Hi Everyone, Monday we had our zone farewell for those leaving from 3-4 and then at 6 
we had our Branch hail and farewell???a day of food. 
Tuesday morning we started the day with a devotional from an Elder Lawrence Nielsen. He 
lives in California and told us all about his journey with Brazil, his own history and 
the Saints in Brazil, it was quite a story. That was at 8 am, then 9.30 zone prayer 
meeting,then at 10.30 we went to the conference centre for the Family History 
Department devotional with Elder Neil L Anderson.  
The theme was God Moves in Mysterious Ways. We had some beautiful music, a piano and 
cello duet and then Voice Male choir sang the hymn 285, amazing words which Elder 
Anderson based his talk on.  He spoke about Wilford Woodruff being the first Temple 
President at St George and the amazing visions he had. He spoke about President 
Hinckley and his vision for small temples. He showed us a design President Hinckley 
drew for small temples. He said if you have a love affair with microfilm get over it! 
Move on to the new technology. He spoke about chains, the links that bind us to 
families. We have a responsibility to the generations that came before and to the 
generations that will come after. Tuesday. I get the zone group went to Sizzlers for 
tea, I didn't like it much and it wasn't cheap. 
Wednesday they trained our team on the 110 year rule as they have too much work to do 
and need help. They had over 2,000 emails in the queue. 
I did two sessions in the Temple on Wed then Wed night was the stake RS devotional with 
Sister Susan S Taggart as the speaker. She is on the YW general board and was great. 
She served her mission in the Netherlands and while there baptised a lady who has since 
gone inactive. Her son now serves in the same mission and knocked on this lady's door. 
The lady put two and two together and is reactivated!!!! 

The week before she went on 
her Mission she got a proposal of marriage. She knelt with the Stake President to pray 
about it and she said he only spoke five words and stopped,  nothing more, the spirit 
was so strong they just both knelt and cried together!!! She never married him, she 
said thank goodness. 
She says Hymn 123 says it all. 
It has rained since Thursday and is supposed to rain all this week. Friday had tea with 
Sister Ryan and her companion, they are in good spirits, it is always nice to be with 
them. Then we went to our last opera! the Rake's Progress. Well we came home at half 
time, not very good at all. 
Sunday talks were excellent. Elder and Sister Musgrove waited three years for their 
mission call and couldn't understand why. They were called to Chille and their mission 
president was an ex Psychologist. He was able to tell them what was wrong with their 40 
year old daughter and how to help her. Sister Bass is a three time cancer survivor. She 
has lost one eye and much of the side of her face and chest. She also has it back now. 
She lost her daughter to cancer. President Miller talked about trials and how we 
all,have them and then we always see someone worse off than ourselves. The Lord 
certainly does work in Mysterious ways! 

On the 12th of May the mission had its monthly Hail and Farewell. I'm hoping we can be at Mum's final one. This month had a Hawaiian theme. I love all the trouble they go to, making everyone feel so special.

Mum met Sister Susan S Targett, member of the YW general board, who spoke at the Stake RS devotional.

Every Sunday when Mum goes to Music and the Spoken Word, they have a little message and I like this one.

Mum's team (photo taken 20.5.15) 
The Church Headquarters Historical Records Escalation Team. 
I wrote about Mum's move from worldwide services to this more specialised team back in March when she started all her training for this new role. Go Mum!!

Hi Everyone, 
Monday devotional we had a guest speaker a Brother Neilsen he works in the Church 
History library. He spoke about Africa and the growth there and how we need to ensure 
the roots are deep not just the branches full. We need centres of learning rather than 
groups of members. It was an excellent talk. 
FHE was at Sister Grabow's and we discussed Jesus The Christ. We had a beautiful 
evening. It is  so amazing to be with people who have such a deep abiding testimony on 
a regular basis. Discussing the scriptures and the Saviour and feeling the spirit so 
strongly. She played a little of a CD called The Lamb of God by Rob Gardner. It is 
beautiful, a musical retelling of the final days of the life of Christ, His atonement 
and resurrection. I have ordered one. 
The 110 year rule stuff is very boring I'm glad I don't do it all day. It's okay as a 
fill in. 
Tuesday we saw Dallin H Oakes and he said hello to us!!! 
Wed my home Teachers took us to Seti Bello, an Italian pizza place for tea. It was 
Mission devotional this week President Oliver talked about it is better to look up and 
President Workman talked about how baptism prepares the way for the Holy Ghost and then 
the remission of sins. 
Thursday I had my full T and R day. I started at the temple at 9 am and did two 
sessions. Then I came home and did two hours family tree. Friday we had free tickets to 
the last symphony for the season. A solo violinist and soprano, it was very good. 
Saturday not much, line dancing and some more family history, then Crown burgers about 
3 pm for lunch. Saturday night was not a good sleeping night, I didn't go off till 4 am 
so I consequently missed MTSW totally. 
Today a lady from France was telling us about her conversion. She had the lessons and 
had decided not to get baptised. She was on holiday and it was really hot, no one was 
outside. She looked out the shutters and saw two missionaries riding their bikes in the 
heat. She said if they are that obedient it much be true and when she got back home was 
She said they will never know they were the catalyst for her baptism. 
How do we help our children come to know and love the Book of Mormon? They need to know 
the stories so they can recognize them later in life. 
It has rained on and off all this week but is still pleasant not cold. The grass is 
really green. 
Tomorrow is a holiday, Memorial Day. We have three people from Queensland going home 
this week, the Aussies are diminishing. 
Wednesday I met a couple who had just come back from a digital preservation mission in 
New Zealand. They were in an antique shop and she knocked the back and found a secret 
hideaway. There was on old book in it. Well they bought it so they could get the book 
and realized the value of it. It was a family history from years ago. They have traced 
the great great grandson to England and are off to find him and put all the history in 
the book together. How amazing is that? 
Another coincidence? I think not. 
Well bed time, hope you all have a good week. Emily let me know what that book is like 
I hadn't read it. 
Nearly winter for you all hope it is not too bad. Bye for now, love Mum/Nan 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

missionaryMum.12 (April15)

Hi Everyone, I seem to have caught a cold, my first since I came here, lots of sneezes. 
Phil and. Marilyn arrived on Monday. I caught the Trax to the airport and we got a taxi 
back. Then I went back to work, they walked over with me to get their bearings. 
Tuesday I started training two young Elders who have come on to our team. They are 
quite bright. Phil and Marilyn got their conference tickets and met up with Heather 
Robinson and walked around. Heather has been to Peru and tomorrow goes to England for 
four weeks and then 10 days in Vietnam on the way home. 

Wednesday was half day so I met all three of them at the temple and we did a sealing 
session for Heather. Then we went to the blue lemon for lunch. Phil sorted my computer 
and Sister Snowdens for us. Slow at work this week. Thursday went with the Y elders to 
do library look ups and did some indexing.  Friday morning I went to the humanitarian 
centre with Phil and Marilyn and then back to work. They went to the Welfare Square in 
the afternoon. 
The weekend of course was all conference, they get better every time. I only went to 
one session on Sunday am but watched them all. We are all tired tonight so having an 
early night. 
Hope you all had a good Easter, no holidays here. Have a good week, take care, love 

At the beginning of April, Mum visited the Humanitarian Centre.

450 kgs of clothes in each bale.

The worldwide logo that the church uses to put on things they make.

Volunteers making quilts

All the countries that have been helped by the centre.

Kits made to go overseas.

Even these wheelchairs were made.

The centre trains people to find jobs.

Mum had some visitors in April which she was SO excited about. Her long-time bestie Marilyn Myers came to visit with her husband Phil and also Heather Robinson popped in after visiting Peru and was then going on to England.

Heather, Mum, Sister Snowden and Marilyn

They didn't get tickets to all the conference sessions that month so some of it was watched in the JSMB theatre.

But they got to the Sunday morning conference session.

People come and go each month and April was saying goodbye to Sister Ray with a visit to Sizzler's.

Mum was able to take a few days off to go on a little touring with Phil and Marilyn. They are able to take 10 days off at a time to go on little holidays.

The Jeep they hired for the trip… nice.

They stopped off at Cove Fort built by President Hinckley's grandfather.

Then on to Kolob canyon.

Then onto St George.
This is the view from the motel balcony they stayed at in St George.

Early morning sunrise - a bit grainy on the iPad.

Off to the St George temple - the first one built in Utah.

St George tabernacle

Inside the St George tabernacle.

The Brigham Young winter home. Many people lived there in winter has it was much warmer than the rest of Utah, almost to Nevada.

The Erastus Snow monument.

They started first at Zion's Canyon.

Lots of tourists - hope that's us too next year.

Then onto Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon was trees on one side and cliffs on the other whereas Zion's Canyon was just all rock.

Going to Music and the Spoken Word back in SLC, after their little trip.

Mum took a photo of Sister Menzies from Hobart. It's nice to see people from back home.

Mum took the Myers to Sister Peterson's house for tea. This is Sister Petersen with her son Chal. Sister Petersen is a CSM, a church service missionary which is a mission you can do while living at home and is 16 hours a week or more.

Sister Williams, Mum, Sister Hill, Marilyn, Phil, Sister Snowden and Sister Petersen.

 Face-timing Mum and Marilyn on Flynn's birthday. So cool to see them together over there.

Taking Phil and Marilyn to the Provo temple. Started off a beautiful day and ended up with a snow storm.

The snow storm lasted with very thick settled snow and it was the 15th of April so I don't think they were expecting any more.

The freshly planted spring tulips were not happy.

But it was lovely to take Phil and marilyn for beautiful walks in the snow.

They were also able to catch up with Brad Prebble at City Creek.

The snow stuck around for a bit.

After getting the snow off the car, they set off to Bountiful Temple.

The snow on the mountains looks breathtaking.

The amazing view from the hill in Bountiful.

By the 17th of April, the snow had left as quick as it had come and outside on the balcony looked like Spring again.

Attending one of the many Spring concerts. Mum had such a great time with Phil and Marilyn and can't wait for them to come again next April, just two months short of finishing her mission.

They finished off the month with a visit to the Cheesecake Factory to say goodbye to Elder Aukschun.

On the 28th of April, there was a visit to the house next door to the apartment block. They go past it everyday as they walk through the carpark off to work.

It's owned by Dr Hughes and his wife and he writes poetry and gave each of Mum's group a signed copy of one of his books. So lovely.

And just going out for fare's ice-cream. :)
Sister Graybow, Elder and Sister Denley, Sister Bronson, Mum and Sister Snowden.

And Mum's new workspace, as part of the Church Headquarters historical records escalation team. It looks better than the little cubicle she first had as part of the escalation team - a bigger space and everyone in together, not so much of a little cubicle now.

The historical records escalation team!
Sister Seiter, Elder Seiter, Mum, Sister Snowden, Sister Williams, Sister Petersen and Sister Lee was absent.

Mum sent us an email on the day one year ago that she was getting ready to fly out. She had to report on May 1st  2014. 

Hi Everyone, well this time last year we were all ready to go, it has gone quickly. 
FHE we went and helped Sister Williams unpack stuff in her new apt, she bought us pizza 
for tea, Tuesday. I night my Home Teachers came, by Tuesday I was tired, not used to 
I walked a couple of times this week too. 
Wednesday was half day so from 2 till 7.30 we helped Sister Hill and Sister Williams 
pack up their apt and load cars etc. it was a big day, they had to be out by midday 
Thursday. Sister Hill is going home to North Carolina, driving all the way. She bought 
us Crown Burger for tea this night. 
Thursday we went to the Cheesecake Factory for Elder Aukschun finishing his mission. 
Friday our office was moved! a wall taken down and Now we are in all one space, a bit 
squishy but I guess we will get used to it. I will have to take photos again. (these are the photos above) We also 
learned how to put our cases into a special programme so the information goes straight 
to the Engineers, I guess our training is over! 
Friday night on the way home we got caught in a rain storm, nearly blew us over. It has 
rained nearly all weekend.  
Went to Music and the Spoken Word this morning......the usual Sunday. 

Well time for Hallie's birthday, 12 my word, it was only yesterday I was madly driving 
around the LGH trying to find a park so I could get there before she was born!!!! I 
remember the day very clearly, she was a beautiful baby. I hope you have a good week 
Hallie! enjoy. 
Bye for now,have a good week, love Mum/Nan 

I can't believe the year has gone so fast. Only one more year to go. I can't wait to see Mum - we are hoping to go over there next June (Mum is going to extend for 6 weeks) after Sarra finishes grade 10 exams and be there for about 5 weeks so she can show us around. It will be a very emotional reunion. We are also wanting to visit Disneyland and then go down to Texas to visit Simon's sister and her family too. I just can't wait to visit all the sites that I have blogged about for Mum. It will take on such a different significance seeing it all for ourselves and Mum will be the best tour guide. :)