|White Caper Butterfly|
Greetings from Brisbane to each of you and your loved ones. We love hearing from you in any form, and appreciate the news from home. We trust this finds you well and enjoying the crisp fall weather over there. Any big frosts yet? And how is the water situation in Utah as far as drought? News here for us consists of an occasional look at BBC or KSL on our tablets.
|A Crested Pigeon with bright orange Halloween eyes!|
|Young "Fluffy" kooka who ate too many butterflies!|
We had a fine opportunity for all the senior missionary couples to meet President Nielsen, the 1st Counselor in the Pacific Area Presidency. He was en route from Auckland, New Zealand, to fly to Adelaide with President McSwain, our mission President, for a Mission Presidents' Conference. We were blessed to be able to have him take time to talk with all of us. We met at the mission home
to share dinner and he spoke to us for about an hour. He graciously offered for us each to have a quick photo with him! Now that was a surprise. He is over Self-Reliance for the whole South Pacific region, and was thrilled when we (and Osbornes, the only other Self-Reliance missionaries in all of Queensland) introduced ourselves as Self-Reliance/Education Missionaries. We got 2 thumbs up and a big smile. He is a humble and inspiring man. He instructed us in many areas, but a couple of ideas meant much to us. He said that the true indication of the Lord's people is how they care for one another. He spoke of the outposts of the church, some of these little islands in the Pacific where contacting one another is so difficult. Creative ideas were given for being unified as a people, and being able to improve in their life situations and make progress, both temporally and spiritually. As "mature couples," he reminded us to have our faces reflect the joy of the gospel, for it is a gospel of pure joy. And we were reminded to keep a spring in our step. We have to to keep up with the work!