"Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander- that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the Earth was created that families might be." Elder Russell M. Nelson
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016

As the MacDonald's are leaving to spend Christmas in Brisbane, we hurried over early this morning to deliver their gifts from the branch Christmas party they missed. and then hurried back to skype with some of our children which is always a hilight of the week.

Lucy, Jeremy, Toby, Tessa with their goodie bags.

The Lovely MacDonald family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A quick visit to the Benesch's to drop off a Christmas card and plate of treats.  Now they were given baby turkeys!!

Narelle told us that these birds are possibly too ugly to keep.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sister Styles invited the elders and us to lunch.  She has many allergies to food so our meal consisted of ham, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, celery, beetroot (pickled beets to us Americans) and for dessert strawberries, blueberries and fresh cream.  They don't have much money and he has serious health issues so it was terribly sweet of them to have us ovcer.

Not enough chairs, so Elder Berger stood while lunch was being prepared

 Sister Styles grandsons, stopping by to mow her lawn

Thursday, December 22,2016

I am playing a Christmas medley for our musical rest hymn on Sunday so we went to the church where I practiced.  We also had an appointment to have the car serviced and walked over to pick it up when it was finished.  I heard a call, "Sister Berger!"  It was my primary girl, Devika Wilson, wanting me to see the face painting she received at a hospital party she attended. I used to do face painting but I wasn't very popular. I used a roller.

That evening Sister Tan invited us and the elders over for a steak dinner to pay the elders back for moving some of her furniture.  She also invited Sister Betts.  The agreement was that Elder Berger, whom the elders said cooked the best steaks,  cooked the meat.  We had a lovely meal and enjoyable conversation.  Sister Tan has been inactive for over four years (just returned to activity a couple of months ago) but knows the gospel, having joined the church when she was fourteen.

Friday, December 23, 2016

I baked oatmeal cookies and we made a plate of candy and cookies and took around to our neighbors here in Coleman Court.  Elder Berger, wearing his Acubra hat and displaying our gifts in the hat as well.

It may be ugly, but it blocks the sun.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

This is the entire group who attended Christmas sacrament meeting (twelve of us) It was a wonderful, spiritual Sacrament meeting. I asked the two departing Elders to share their testimonies and they were very emotional. Brother Benesch spoke and talked about the Savior's role in his life and how much the Savion should mean to us all. Sister Berger played a beautiful Christmas medely and I finished up by telling the stories of some General Authorities and their fondest Christmas memories. I believe that everyone who attended was very glad that they were there.

Yours truly, master of the dumb looking selfie.

         Goodbye and the best of prayers for our two elders who are being transferred this week

Elder Mitchell with his gift bag from the branch

On the left, Elder Mitchell, Brother and Sister Lacambra and Elder Moulton saying goodbye.  The elders have been great friends to the Lacambras

                         Sister Clarkson gave us this lovely  quilted this table decoration 

Christmas lunch ready to eat

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