We hope your season is blessed with a bountiful harvest, kids happily settled in a new school year, and you all enjoying the mellow days of weather as Mother Earth puts on her fall gown of glowing colors! Nothing is more enjoyable than the change of seasons, and here in the Australia Brisbane Mission, the switch is hardly noticeable. Spring's sprinting into summer at an alarming rate and we're already "sweatin' a bucketload!" Happily we report that Elder Yates is easing back into missionary work with the Heart Surgeon's approval. At his six-week post-op visit, he got flying marks for the good healing that is taking place. A tickling side note: When we
|Elder Yates enjoying Karawatha Forest Walk|
Now, don't think he's up to jumping jacks and 50-yard dashes just yet! We arise early like all good missionaries, attend our meetings and do our duties, but then the reality hits---"I need a little rest!" Deservedly, we find time to let him rest when he needs to. Our longest day is Thursday where we now teach two PathwayConnect Classes from BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the newly-named old BYU-Idaho Pathway program which has been moved from Rexburg to Salt Lake City because it's part of an amazing new world-wide
|Grabbing a much-needed catnap on the church benches!|
|Our Vivacious Daytime PathwayConnect Students at Burpengary chapel|
|Our Brave Evening Class--Starting their University Studies at ages 19 to 70!|
|Not a pushover, butcher bird sings dozens of gorgeous songs.|
|Gecko on glass! (Outside our Bathroom)|
Not to be outdone by the flyers and squeakers that are easily heard and spotted, the lizards of the forest have returned in their camouflaged serene silence. The spiked nearly 4-foot lizard on the left was spotted as he ambled over the bush-land floor and found a lookout on a tree just over our back fence. His rounded belly bespeaks that he fared well through the winter here. The very next day another similar lizard took the same path and climbed the same tree! However, look at the difference in the two---this unlucky creature must have been the last one in line for every winter morsel! Poor dear---he looks like a mere scrawny version of his former self when the weather was milder and food was plentiful.
We continue to give service wherever we can, and that includes supporting any ward or stake in any endeavor. Logan Stake in which we reside had their stake conference a couple of weeks ago. I was asked to play the organ for the Saturday Evening session, and our own Logan ward was to provide the choir for that session as well. Here, choirs usually have an "outfit" where the women have matching scarves or corsages, and the men matching ties. It's a powerful bonding tradition of the Pacific Islanders. The picture shows only four of the women's portion of the choir, for most had already split up after the meeting. It was a great showing for one of the smallest wards in Brisbane! We filled the numerous (60+) choir seats to overflowing, and sang with the spirit to match! Our visiting authority was a newly called Area Seventy, Elder Tufuafu, a warm Tongan man. He told of Elder Russell M. Nelson's Grandfather sharing a sacred story of when his Father was able to visit him from beyond the veil. This occurred in 1891, before the 138th section of the Doctrine and Covenants was received by Pres. Joseph F. Smith and published as part of the Doctrine and Covenants in 1918. To me this astonishing account was so spiritually nourishing that after the meeting I looked the story up for more details. If you'd like a full version, go to leefamhistory.blogspot.com.au. The questions and answers are very poignant as some of these truths had not yet been revealed. Since we have Nielsens in our family line, notice that though Russell M. Nelson's grandfather was Andrew Clarence Nelson, his great grandfather was Mads Peter Nielsen.
How we love interfacing with our missionaries as they ready themselves to return home. Pictured here are two sister missionaries (beside Sister Yates) who are leaving---one last week, and one next month to return home to Samoa. They happen to live in the same stake back in Samoa! In our goal
|Sister Alovao, on my actual right, now has exciting hopes for her spiritual and academic future!|
Amazing things come in twosomes this month both at home and around our flat, we have found! Mason Edgel, our oldest grandson, married His sweetheart, Brandi on Sept. 9th. 💕Congratulations to them!! New baby kookaburra gets taught proper manners by mama, while this wallaby shows off her latest springtime baby. Twin gardenias bloom in the cool of spring in our yard (can't you just smell their sweet fragrance?) while afar our new little twins in Utah are growing fast!
May each of you be blessed and prospered in your lives and families! You each are fine examples and dear friends and family members who light our lives with your goodness!
Love to you and yours,
Elder and Sister Yates
Dad and Mom
Grandpa and Grandma
David and Marsha
(that about covers it!)