Hello to our Wonderful Family and Friends Scattered Abroad!
|Hibiscus reveling in our cool fall weather!|
|Our walks become a hurdling effort to get over downed trees blocking our path!|
|Debri up 28' up in trees showing depth of flood waters.|
The Logan River near our home flooded badly and left massive evidence everywhere. The clean-up goes on as people who were under several feet of water try to reclaim their lives. Now we know why typical Queensland houses are built on stilts---literally! The floodwaters can then just rush on by going right under their homes!
Our missionary work continues to involve us in many Brisbane wards and stakes. We support our own Logan ward in as many capacities as we can while tending to our Self-Reliance main calling. Brother Maurer, the regional Self-Reliance manager over nearly all of Australia, is our true "boss" and we meet often to plan and prepare for our many responsibilities.Our loyalty to our mission president, President McSwain, is full and engages us in interesting work with the mission. We support the full time "younger" missionaries in their areas and needs---from inspecting their flats, feeding them and other office and senior missionaries, to helping them set goals and make a plan for "life after the mission when their mission is drawing to a close. We love to meet and hear about their investigators and further the work in the mission. This month we've been blessed to attend many sweet baptisms in various wards and stakes. Many of the converts we've worked with for months, and some are newer acquaintances. Each brings a joy to our hearts to watch them take this most important step on their journey back to their Heavenly home. Today we witnessed a beautiful ebony man, Denis Gahutu, from the Congo be baptized, He has taken great care to study the gospel and gain a deep testimony before committing to be baptized. What a fervent testimony he bore at his baptism. Another baptism we attended today was of a fine young woman, Shaleeze Dawes, who is a single mother of two. She has made many strides forward in the past few months and feels strongly her decision is so correct. These are more of the joys we experience nearly weekly! Sweet is the peace the gospel brings!
Who among you can guess Australia's largest land animal? No, not a kangaroo. Not a koala. Nah, not a dingo, their wild dogs. It's a bird! With no tigers, moose, or elephants to grace this continent, their largest land animal is the cassowary bird. No messing around, you'd best take a 4-letter clue from its name---"wary! One should be very careful and wary not to encounter one, for they are mean and very aggressive for apparently NO REASON! With only about 1500 cassowary birds left in existence, they are endangered so your chances of meeting one in the wild are scarce. We saw one in the koala sanctuary, and it's bigger than the emu or ostrich! The males are thoughtful enough to hatch the eggs, and life expectancy is about 60 years. The word comes from the New Guinea Papuan word 'kassa" meaning long-legged and 'wieri' meaning horned head. They attack with their heads or feet, can't fly but run like the wind. Yep, they're closely related to the emus. If you saw the movie "UP" that's a cassowary bird that causes such a ruckus! Emus, on the other hand are docile and approachable. How about a pet Python? We met a lovely one on our bush walk lately!
|Emu, AU's 2nd largest land animal Do birds qualify as land animals? Yes, when they can't fly like emus and cassowaries.|
|Beware the Cassowary Bird, my friends, and shun its horned head and clawed toes. If attacked, climb the nearest tree!|
|"Aussie Hot" Brisbane River Trip on City Cat for Sr. Y's B-day!|
Sister Yates' arms are always happiest when filled with little people. She can't get enough of these darling babies born with a mop of thick black hair, and shiny brown eyes that melt her heart! Substituting in Primary is another good antidote for the "empty" Grandma arms syndrome! No fooling, of course we miss our beautiful grandchildren and our whole sweet family! You'd think us cold-hearted if we said otherwise! En route home from Church this Brisbane fall sunset lit up the sky with rays of light shooting heavenward! The clouds literally were haloed with brilliant light that dispelled the on-coming darkness. Let's all be a a light to the world as we go about our daily lives in joy and gratitude for all the blessings we enjoy---including knowing and loving each of you! Oh, we were so hoping the photo would be as stunning as when our eyes beheld it, but it will give you an idea of the tall eucalyptus trees which surround us and the blazing sunrises and sunsets that are bookends to nearly each day!
Speaking of "ends," this is long enough for even the "hearty" blogger readers to choke on! It is written with the hope that you'll feel a bit of the joy of our labors and learn of the culture and beauty of this special spot of paradise! Take care of yourselves, and we''d love to hear from you soon!. With much love from our hearts to yours,
Elder and Sister Yates, Dad/Mom, Grandpa/Grandma, David/Marsha
Oh, we love being missionaries now! Why don't you think about a mission, too? Yes, YOU! 😊