What a great way to open a new year by going with 15 other senior missionaries on an outing to the Australia Open. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me. We had perfect seats about 7 rows up and saw Djokovic vs Ramos-Vinolas. It was all so very exciting to watch that level of tennis played. Wish I could have played like that in my youth….only in my dreams!
A contingent of us waiting for the train to the AO
Thank you for all the Birthday wishes. I feel loved and blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. I try each day to pass that love and the love of the savior forward to these wonderful young missionaries I work with each day. We are all, really, one big family. My companion and I went for a birthday lunch and a hike in our Jurassic Park like forest. It was a good day. In addition, it was Australia Day, like our 4th of July. I pretended that all of Australia was celebrating my birthday. 🙂
Feb 1st is the deadline for all of our missionaries who are applying for the Spring/Fall 2018 semester at BYU so it is down to the wire with them writing essays and getting all their application materials submitted. We help with proof reading and connect with BYU on all outstanding issues on their behalf so that they can concentrate as much as possible on their missionary work. We love these sweet young missionaries and will miss them when they depart and return home to continue their education.
In meeting with these young missionaries, we start with a prayer, inviting the spirit and then I give a little spiritual thought, we talk about their plans for their futures, work on their applications or tutor them in english; then we say a closing prayer. I have found that this approach seems to help and many times I see a light go on and light up their countenances and their minds receive personal revelation about their lives. It helps me too as I try to get them thinking about all the options they have and paths they could take. We want them to be self reliant and come up with their own unique plan or voyage. BYU Hawaii calls it there Holokai – their academic voyage. Oh what a wonderful thing.
It is summer here now and we are actually getting some sporadic warm weather. It is 102 degrees today but next week it will be back in the 60s and low 70s. We have learned to just be prepared for anything.
I love you all. Hope all is well with all of you. Have a wonderful 2018. I have 6 more months and it seems to be going by really fast. I will miss Australia but mostly those I serve with and the young missionaries.