|Sydney Temple and Australian Flag|
When I glance out my office window this is my view. How lucky am I? For a second I think something is off because I am not seeing the American Flag. Then I remember I am in Australia. Every time I look at Moroni at the top of the steeple I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what he and other men of the scriptures did for each of us. Keeping valuable records so that each of us would be able to read and learn from history. To learn from the past and hopefully not make similar mistakes. Sometimes I feel as a society we are not remembering what is important and how to live life so we can return to our Heavenly Father.
I don't know why it is so challenging to make Blog entries. Sometimes I think I don't have anything important to record. Sister Jenkins keeps a small notebook and jots down things that happen on a daily bases. Then at the end of the week she makes her entries. I need to start doing this. Here is my excuse. I am constantly tired. I go home between 5-6, which is an improvement from a couple of months ago. When I get home I make dinner, maybe do a load of wash and fall into bed between 8-9. Then I repeat this every day.
Spring is here. Flowers are blooming every where. Once again it is hard to wrap my brain around spring/summer about to start when, my head tells me we should be moving into fall. But flowers don't lie. I think I am going to attempt growing some azaleas when I get home they are so pretty here. It is getting very warm, actually hot. Today was 90 degrees. Tomorrow is scheduled to be in the 60's. Go figure. I am really nervous about the heat here. I hope I can survive it!
We had several sad things happen in our mission last month. We had 2 missionaries go home early. Many tried to work with these 2 sisters but it just didn't work out. Another Sister had a tragedy happen to her family. Her Mother and Father were killed in a small air plane crash outside of the Ogden Airport. It was really hard on everyone to see this valiant sister go through such an unimaginable ordeal. This missionary was the oldest sibling of 4 and she needed to go home and take care of family matters. She was an excellent missionary, and had served for a little over a year. She was honorably released. She had a younger brother just starting a mission in Florida, he too came home, but returned shortly after the funeral. A really important lesson learned; Do not take life for granted. Treat everyone like it might be your last day with them.
Be kind, be a good example, serve others.
We had a wonderful time with Nathan, Sharlyn and children. It was something I had been looking forward too since I arrived in Australia. Once again Nathan did a great job researching activities that we could all participate in and enjoy. The hard part was saying goodbye. I have always known how important family is. However, saying goodbye to them made me realize how much I want to be with ALL my family in the Eternities. So grateful for the Gospel and it's teachings.