"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, May 21, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers Day.  I worked with the Primary kids to prepare a medley of "Mother Tell Me the Story" and "Teach Me To Walk" for today and they did a wonderful job.  We had a couple of visitors which made me wish I had better generic mothers day crafts ready.  We took pictures of the MacDonald children last week and put them in frames that we posted on the blog last week.  Today they decorated them for their moms.  All of the women received sugar scrubs from the branch.  MacDonalds usually feed the elders on Sunday and as it is mothers day, we invited them to eat with us.  We had salmon and rice which especially appealed to Elder Wong.

They love my homemade bread

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Frank and Narelle Benesch, forced to move from the farm they are leasing, started moving into another house today and we left after Seminary to help them.  Luckily, I called Sister Benesch first to see if she needed anything from town before we left and she was so happy to tell us what she needed and not have to drive into town which is a 30 minute drive. Elder Berger was a fantastic help to them.  He has a real eye for figuring out how to make things fit together when loading furniture.  The elders worked hard but were inexperienced and benefitted a lot from watching how Elder Berger does things.  Brother Benesch has bad ankles and was very appreciative of the help.

They left a very nice house and property and moved to a house than is in bad need of a paint job outside but quite nice inside.  The new property has a lovely pond and beautiful acreage and once they get eveything repaired that needs repairing, I think they will be happy there.  As the men moved furniture, VERY heavy furniture made out of  wood from India, I helped Sister Benesch with cleaning the new house.  I have started with a head cold and have a sore, scratchy throat which is an annoyance.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

After Seminary we visited Sister Fenton who has been struggling with achilles heel problems in both feet and a bad case of flu.  I am not feeling very well but am determined to go to the Benesch property tomorrow to help with the ongoing move.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It was a clear, crisp day which turned pretty cold before the day was over.  After the first move, I stayed at the new property and used CLR to remove black grime from the shower.  The house has been empty for two years and previously inhabited by men who worked the farm so in-depth cleaning was not as priority.  I cleaned the fans in the lounge room, base boards and crown molding and then spent the rest of the day on the filthy shower.  It turned out clean and presented an appealing place to get clean rather than a dark and dismal hole.

Some of the furniture was a real challenge and I think everyone was pretty tired by the end of the day. Brother Benesch offered to go to town and get us pizza but we and the elders opted to just go home.  I found out the elders and Brother Benesch were also starting head colds.

The house they are leaving

Coco, the Benesch parrot, he thinks he is the master of the house.


Ready to start loading

The fowls will go the last day

The new digs do look pitiful as Sister Benesh says - they can't wait to paint the outside

With the pretty furnishings from the old house now in the guest room of the new house, things are looking up

Moving like this was something new for Elder Wong, not his favorite activity

Beautiful skies as we travelled home from the move

Sunday, May 21, 2017

President Thacker, of the mission presidency, spoke today.  He has a great radio type voice and his talks are always very good.  After the block we travelled with the elders to Inverell to provide our monthly Sacrment meeting for them.  I made chicken sandwiches and took them with us.  Rishaad is always so glad when we come.  The family just has one problem after another, their visas were not renewed, the imigration people retracted their right to work and so they have been working under the table at a restaurant for cash in hand in order to eat and pay rent but last night they were all fired because a kitchen worker made an inappropriate comment to the daughter and the father heard and lost his temper.  It is hard to know how to comfort or help them.

Our Happy Elders

Rishaad explaining Butter Chicken.

Sister Chambers with Sister Sully

Angie with her Party Dress

President and Sister Sully were here.

Michelle Reddy taught the lesson.

Looks like the food was tasty.

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