|Pres. Zeisel's back yard with ocean behind back houses|
preserving Elder Yates to receive the blessing of a quality prolongation of his life! He just walked in the door with his certificate of graduation for the fairly challenging 6 weeks of physical therapy he has successfully and cheerfully completed--Phase II Cardio Rehabilitation Program. Now, without the use of their hospital gym, we'll have to invent some creative ways to exercise in addition to walking so he can continue to strengthen his whole body. His sternum should be pretty well-knitted together, so he is free to do most "normal" activities. Caution is still needed for heavy lifting, pushing or pulling!
This month we've been busily engaged in the Self-Reliance work in many stakes and wards. Sister Yates was asked to speak at Centenary Stake's Women's (JEWELS) Conference to present two sessions on Strengthening Families and Relationships. JEWELS stood for Journey of Extraordinary Women Enriched in Love and Strengthening our Sisterhood. It was a stretch from our normal presentations so required some prayerful preparation. However, it was a joyful experience all around! The stake is mostly South Pacific Islanders, and the sisters divided into "troops" representing noble women in the scriptures. The partial troop pictured here honored Rebekah. The conference lasted 2.5 days. They don't do things small around here! Big programs, big celebrations, and big feeds! You'll note the sisters are casually dressed because they just finished a Pioneer Hike before their breakfast. Elder Yates is pictured with one of the brethren who was serving up "cacao mush," their Samoan cereal! Mmm, it's very good because it has freshly roasted and ground cacao beans as the flavor! And, oh, how cute these Polynesian babies are! Their eyes are captivating, and they are the happiest babies we've EVER seen! This little angel baby girl has her attentive cousin looking after her while her mother participates in the conference. My presentation hopefully touched some hearts and I heard immediately from several sisters their reactions and 'take-away' messages. This sister pictured here came up to me on her way out and said, 'I'm a visitor from Sydney, and I'm going home a changed woman!" That was a powerful statement to hear, and she quickly elaborated on what meant so much to her. Yes, the Holy Ghost is the teacher who softens our hearts and allows us to have witness borne to our souls as to what we need to do to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.
|Now that man knows how to eat!|
Now for a splash of Brisbane's spring colors and critters! Be sure to spot the Padymelon--not a fruit!
|The cuteness of these little yearling koalas never wears off ! Oh, that we could tuck one in our suitcase upon our return!|
|No better way to spend a rainy day than feeding these|
free-roaming wallabies. It had been raining for 3 days
and they were sopping wet and really hungry! At least they
don't have to worry about being too cold here! No snow ever!
|One of 1,000's of Jacaranda trees dotting the city and countryside this month.|
Below spot the shy Padymelon who is the tiniest kangaroo variety!