Friday, October 16, 2009

Baptisms and Beautiful Places

On the 15th of May we traveled to the southernmost tip of Australia, Wilson's Promontory. We stopped at squeaky beach, only problem was that the beach only squeaks when it is dry and it was a cold and wet day. It was still beautiful and we had a great time, rain and all. The Senior Couples Conference ended with a trip to the Melbourne Temple and a testimony meeting. We are so blessed to be able to serve in this beautiful country.
On May 14the we attended the Senior Couples Conference in Melbourne. There are six couples in the mission. We rode the steam train, Puffing Billy. It was so much fun. Billy was not too long ago, the main way that people on the mountain east of Melbourne took their products, animals and families to Melbourne. Now it is a great trip up and down the mountain! We were not brave enough to sit on the side like these kids.

Christian Agbauze was baptized in Finley on May 2, 2009. We had been teaching him with the Sisters. He moved to Finley where the Elders finished teaching him and baptized him. Christian is from Nigeria. We went with our district to the Oz.e.wildlife park again, which was fun. We attended a Zone Conference in Melbourne on April 17 where we were taught by Elder Tad Callister. It was an inspiriting meeting, he is a master teacher. Our District Conference was held in Wangaratta on the 18th and 19th where we were again taught by Elder Callister and President Lindley.

Shaun Saker was baptized on April 25th between the sessions of General Conference. We receive DVD's of the conference and show it in the chapel. Up until now they have huddled around the TV set, we purchased a projector and small sound system, hung a huge sheet on the back wall, and they can watch General Conference on the Big Screen. We had a huge turn out for conference in April. The children were thrilled with the "Conference Packets" that I made for them.

While we traveled through the Zone on out flat inspection tour, we stopped in the river town of Echuca and rode the paddle steamer, EmmyLou. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip down the Murray River, longest river in Australia. The port at Echuca used to be the third largest port in Australia, considering it is inland quite a way, that is really something.

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