Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sept 15, 2016, Thursday: 
Sister Roylance and I left Salt Lake City for the MTC in Provo Utah, Aug 8, 2016.
MTC World Map 

Here we are in the MTC pointing to our mission location in Perth, Western Australia, Au. It was a great uplifting week. We met Senior Missionaries, as well as regular missionaries going to many places and filling different types of missions. 

Our MTC District

These are the missionaries that we did our MTC training with and agonized over all the new things we were trying to learn. 


We left the SLC Airport, Monday, at 5 pm Aug 15, 2016 for Perth Australia.  We landed in LA 2 hours later and left LA for Sydney, AU at around mid-night for a 15 hours flight.  We arrived in Sydney around 9 am and left for Perth at around 12:30 pm for a five hour flight. We left on Monday and arrived on Wed. 

Australia Perth Mission Home 
Arriving at the mission home, where we met Elder and Sister Halbert and the rest of the mission staff.  We stayed two nights with the Halberts, but we can't remember much of it because we were so tired from the long flight. After feeding us a wonderful dinner they tried to visit with us but we were so tired we kept nodding off.   On our second day in Australia, we both took our written driving test, which we both past. The road test was given to Elder Roylance, after passing the test, we were off to Northam Shire. Elder Roylance was tasked to pass Sister Roylance's road test and she made it fine (barely). 

Our first car, a Toyota Corolla




Entering Northam West Australia
So we finally arrived at our mission assignment in Northam, some 65 miles east of Perth West Australia.  It looks warm and sunny but it is not.  We arrived at the end of winter with mid 30's to 40's during the night and the afternoons are working towards the 60's. When the wind blows it is very cold. It is quite moist and very green with heavy tree and shrub growth, mostly of gum trees. 

Sister Roylance in front of our new home


We were moved into a brand new home with Three Bedrooms and two baths, with a master bedroom, bath a it included a single car garage four our now blue Corolla.  

Our first Investigator Family Home Evening

Sister Mortensen

We met Sister Mortensen the second week we were here.  She was on exchanges with the sisters.  She is Cami Djhanbani's good friend. I think they played soccer together.  The Djhanbani's had told us she was serving in Australia but we never thought we would meet her.  

Sister Cheung & Sister Collins

These are the Sister Missionaries assigned along with us in Northam, WA. Sister Cheung is from Hong Kong and Sister Collins is from Nevada.  They have been out about a year and are wonderful missionaries to work with us. 

 Mortlock River runs through Northam.
The golf course by our house.  We walk  by here every morning.


The only spider we've seen in Australia
This is the road to Perth


Perth skyline
There is a place to take a balloon ride just a few miles from our house. 


This is a house across the street from us.  Elders is a real estate company.
Here are some palm trees in our neighborhood.  They tell us the summers will be similar to St. George.


This is the Red Dot store.  It is like a $1.00 store only things cost more.  
The shopping center parking lot.  One of these stores is a very small Target store.
  

The Northam chapel
Kangaroo and her joey in branch president Goodlet's backyard.
A Canola Oil Farm On the way to York,wa
Baby Kangaroos that lost their mother from car accidents
Sister Tanialoo from American Samoa
Sister Collins from Nevada
A surviving baby kangaroo from a car accident
  Our mission president was in private wealth management and has quite a story of following the spirit that led him to be called as a mission president.  He stresses following the spirit and we have seen it in the work many times.  One small instance was me dialing a wrong number thinking that I was talking to a person and I made a dinner appointment with her and her family (we brought five pizzas to the dinner) and it ended up to be another person that I was really talking to that we had been trying to find for some time.  Her husband, a non member, was ex-military, so we had a nice discussion (bloke to bloke) and they had their non-member grand child and a friend at the dinner.  They came to church the next day. Another instance was that we pulled up google earth and went to a street called Christmas street and found a real nice non-member Catholic that we have made friends with and have had some discussions. Anther instance was that we asked a person (kind of a drug addict) if he knew where a friend of his lived, that we were looking for.  He gave us a phony address and we ended up finding a member of the church that said she hadn't seen another member for 40 years and was glad to see us and would like a Book of Mormon to read.  
Taken behind the Branch President's Home (Goodlet) 

Our Mission President President Fife                              Our little Branch in Northam 

video
The above video is a member from one of the outlying country towns.  He plays several different guitars and other instruments including this Australian didgeridoo.  We had an interesting visit.  

My wife and I taught the Gospel Essentials class last week, and had one returning member, Sister Hale, and two investigators attended Ross and Leslie. Ross told about the first time he met the Sister Missionaries. Four years before he had broken his back and through that time, his wife left with his children.  He was in his home and he felt strongly a prompting that he needed to go to his friends home in 11 minutes.  He thought that was an odd thought, so he dismissed it. Then a minute later it came more strongly that he needed to be at his friends home in 10 minutes, he again dismissed it, then it came three minutes later and the thought came that he needed to be at his friends home in 7 minutes.  This time he went to his friends home and there were the sister missionaries visiting with his friend.  He soon discovered that they were there for him and not his friend.  He is due to be baptized in November.  The other two participants had similar stories.  
A typical week looks similar to the following: 
·       We gave a first discussion and presented a Book of Mormon to Bradley, a new potential.
·       Held FHE with Sister’s Hales Cousin, Gordon.  Sister Eustace’s children are sick, so they didn't attend church or FHE.
·       Met an officer with Fresh Start concerning doing some volunteering in their addiction program. She indicated that we should be a good fit for assisting with their paperwork, some financial counseling and working with Admin.
·       The Sister missionaries are on exchanges out of town, so we followed up with a number of Less Actives and some potentials, inviting them to attend our conference sessions at the Northam chapel this weekend. Since Conference happens during the night time in Australia, we download conference and show it the next weekend at our little chapel. Made up fliers announcing the times of the sessions and passed them out to all we could see. Also, at the Sister’s request, Sister Roylance and I gave the plan of salvation lesson to an investigator, it went quite well.
·       Working with our non-member neighbor, Herman, concerning helping him with projects, someone ran over his mailbox and we helped him put in a new one. Additionally, we had a follow-up concerning his reading the Book of Mormon. He has not started reading it yet, but said he would.  Our other neighbor owns the Domino’s Pizza here in Northam and has begun to ask us many questions about our mission, what we do and do we get paid.  We picked up a Book of Mormon in his native language, Hindi, and will present it shortly to he and his wife.
·       Along with the Sisters, we found another less active here in Northam and had an urgent feeling to visit her Thursday early evening.  She was glad to see us and was leaving early Friday morning to go to Perth to a wedding.  We invited her to watch conference here in Northam with us and she said she would possibly be back in time to do so Sunday.  Interesting that if we would have ignored the feeling to visit and waited until the next morning, we would have missed her. 
·       While in a store in Midland, the clerk, a person of about 40 years old, after letting her know who we were, started telling us that she has a good Mormon friend from New Zealand and that she toured the temple there.  We asked her if she had read the Book of Mormon that her friend gave her and she said that she has never heard of or received a Book of Mormon, so we gave her one and she promised to read it.  
      We downloaded conference and showed the four sessions on Sat at 10 am and 2 pm and Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm.  We only had people show up for it on Sunday at 10 am about 14 people, the rest of the branch watched it on their computers at home.
      We attended the Australian Sheep Dog finals a few times last week. Since we had no clue as to what was going on, we would sit by some of the spectators and they would lead us through what was happening.  It was quite interesting.  The whole of Australia competitors were here in Northam for the finals.  Here the final Australian team is chosen and they compete around the world including America.
      
      The Northam Branch at its best                                              Diane, Terry, Neil and Barbara Goodlet

       
       Sister Roylance with Perth in Background                                 City of Perth Australia 2.2 mm
       
           The Indian Ocean in the background                               Some shady characters
      
         The Australian Sheep Dog Competition                         Another successful FHE
         
               Chris is a non member attended FHE                               The Northam Shopping Center (Huge?)
        
          Visiting a Potential Investigator                               This Investigator is on the 2nd Lesson
        
          Overlooking Northam from an Investigator Home
         
       Investigators Porch                                                              Perth Park Actual Kangaroo Size (big red)
       
          Elder Roylance at King's Park name tag & all         Flowers of Australia
       
        Flower of Australia                              Australian War Memorial from WWII
        
          Gardens of Kings Park                                             Perth and the Indian Ocean
       We have been called to serve as the Temple Prep class instructors to teach one Aboriginal woman and prepare her to go to the temple.  Also, we are assigned to teach the Self Reliance course on Wednesdays at 10 am to help people be self reliant in budgeting, finding a job, more education and/or starting their own business.  It is a new program by the church that helps peoples outside of Utah and in far ways areas, become self sufficient.  Our first class one this week, we had one non-member in attendance.  We and the Sisters have been spreading the word about the course throughout the Shire. We met with the Shire President a few days ago and he is giving us his support for the community. There is a lot of welfare and addictions from hard to soft drugs here in this area. It is known as the 5th highest drug use in all of Australia. Not a good thing.

·        We visited Wongam Hills, about a 2 hour drive, this week to seek out the less active.  It was very interesting that we didn’t find any less active living there, but were led to others seeking.  For example, we stopped by Groomalling  to visit a less active.  She did not answer even though the TV was on and in going to the back door we could see that she must need a wheel chair.  We went next door to inquire about her and the lady we met was studying with the JWs.  We had a nice conversation and gave her a pamphlet and she said she would like to know more.  So we set up another appointment.  Her name is Debbie Horton. Then we went on to Wongam Hills and didn’t fine the two less active home, but left a note and a pamphlet with our phone number.  But we did feel the need to keep digging and finally ended up at the visitors center and inquired about the town’s upcoming activities.  The individual we talked with noticed our badges and we asked him if he had heard of the church.  He said yes, then hurried on to talk about something else and went to do something else.  We said goodbye and was walking out and he turned and said, oh I did meet some Mormon’s years ago and we did a service project together.  I asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon that his Mormon friend had given him and he said, they didn’t give me a Book of Mormon.  So we pulled one out and said here you go and explained it to him and gave him a pamphlet.  He said that he would read it. 
      
       In front of our Dianella Stake House                   Our mission President instructors Missionaries
     
    Northam View, about 10,000 people                         National Sheep Dog runnoff for all of Australia
    
       Sister Roylance at the Indian Ocean                      Elder Roylance with the Indian Ocean backgnd
    
        Indian Ocean at Scarbourogh Beach, WA.  Their have been a number of Shark Attacks lately
    
       There are wonderful Beaches all along the shores of the city of Perth on the Indian Ocean
     
                                                    Perth at night looking from Kings Park
Kings Park War Memorial
                    
                             
Elder Miller (Azzie) Self Reliance Missionary, stayed at their home
     
   Seniors Conference at the Mission Home (28 people)       The Perth Australia Mission Home 
     
   Sister Roylance driving back to Northam on the wrong side of the road with scenes like this

    We visited Wongam Hills this week to seek out the less active.  It was very interesting that we didn’t find any less active at home, but were led to others seeking the truth about life and religion.  For example, we stopped by Groomalling  to visit a less active.  She did not answer even though the TV was on and in going to the back door we could see that she must need a wheel chair.  We went next door to inquire about her and the lady we met was studying with the JWs.  We had a nice conversation and gave her a pamphlet and she said she would like to know more.  So we set up another appointment.  Her name is Debbie Horton. Then we went on to Wongam Hills and didn’t fine the two less active home, but left a note and a pamphlet with our phone number.  But we still felt the need to keep investigating and finally ended up at the visitors center and inquired about the town’s upcoming activities.  The individual we talked to noticed our badges and we asked him if he had heard of the church.  He said yes, then hurried on to talk about something else and went to do something else.  We said goodbye and was walking out and he turned and said, oh I did meet some Mormon’s years ago and we did a service project together.  I asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon that his Mormon friend had given him and he said, they didn’t give me a Book of Mormon.  So we pulled one out and said here you go and explained it to him and gave him a pamphlet with our number on it.  He said that he would read it. 
  
                         They do celebrate Halloween somewhat, though it is not as big as in America
   
              Our District of Sisters and Elders

   We met an Aborigine Elder, named John Kelly, he was fairly steeped in the Abo way, so we were about to leave, then the thought came that he needed to have a Book of Mormon.  So I went back to him and said, what did you think of the Book of Mormon when you read it.  He said, I have never heard of the Book of Mormon.  So I pulled one out and explained it to him.  He was fascinated and said, "Can you sign it for me and I will read it."
    
                                                   Out on the Stanley Family Farm
     
               Our area is called the Western Australian Wheat-belt and the harvest in underway
      
      FHE at the Roylance Home Sister Colins and Sis Hale; Elder & Sis Roylance at Fremantle
     
   Elder & Sis Roylance & Dave (brother)                    Lorraine, Diane & David Christian
     
  Terry, Diane & David at a member's vineyard (non-alcoholic)  At Kings Park Diane, David & Lorraine
    
 A young 600 year old tree                                            Diane, David & Lorraine resting at King's Park
             
   Eating at the Goodlet's Residents our Branch President & wife, Neil & Barbara
    
  At the Scarborough Beach Indian Ocean                  King's Park Tree Top Bridge
   
  Diane & David at Fremantle Harber                          Fremantle Harbor oldest jail
   
   Terry in the stockaid                                                     Diane in trouble too
                    
  Wesley Fremantle Church                                       Lorraine & David at Fremantle Jail
  
  At a Church Member and his future pride called an engagement party
  
                                                                  Engagement Party at the Perth Stake House (Dianella)
  
                                            The Circus came to Northam, Camels and all
  
                  Our Neighbor made this Nativity Scene for Father Dominic of the Catholic Church
  
  We volunteer at Juniper, helping older folkes a tri-Christian Church Group Sponsored by the Governmt
  
   Our First Christmas away from home, we paid $2 for this small Christmas Tree, bought the lights
    
  Our non-member neighbor made this sign                We have made contacts by setting up displays
    
  Our Family History Display at York wa, au,  along with other displays from various vendors

  
  We met Tony while admiring his Christmas Display, a daytime and night time picture
                      
 
    
                                            At the Christmas Store in the Shire of Tooday, wa, au
    
                                                                 Shire of Tooday Christmas Celebration
    
                                                      A Christmas Family Home Evening
                     
                          Kangaroos babies that have lost their mothers through auto accidents
    
                                                      Rainbow Spiders
  .  We are seeing many blessing by being on our mission. We are doing great, and seeing many miracles every day as we assist our Father in Heaven in bringing many souls to conversion. Here is just a few examples of this past weeks activities. 
.  Besides our Branch feed, We attended three Christmas Parties with those entities that we volunteer.
   We taught a Phillipino named Godfry today with the Sisters, the Restoration lesson.  He was very receptive and promised that he would read the Book of Mormon. 
Recently, the Elders taught a lady and after the Plan of Salvation Lesson, she said that she had been looking for this all of her life and committed to come to Church.
Sister Shephard and another missionary Sister, walk approached a lady and she said that she had been pondering the meaning of life just as they approached her. 
During Church the Branch President, myself and Brother Brennan, gave a blessing to sister Stanley.  She had just went to the doctor about her heart test and basically he said that she could die at any time and to get her affairs in order. She was quite distraught.  President Goodlet gave the blessings and promised her many great things of comfort.  She is going to the Doctor on Thursday/Friday to see if her heart could receive a stint. 
Nov 29, 2016: A member met a lady every morning at the Bus Stop and shared with her about the Church one particular day and gave a card with the missionary’s phone # on it. So the lady contacted the missionaries.  They met with her, gave her a chapel tour, and gave her some information again with their phone # on it and invited her to church.  She contacted them again and said she would like to come to church and she did on Sunday.
               A set of our missionaries met a guy while traveling to an appointment and started teaching that families can be together forever. Little did the missionaries know that a group of terrorists killed his family and he barely survived the massacre.  He has now progressed enough that he has agreed to be baptized on the 24th of December.
               A set of missionaries met a boy delivering pizzas on his bicycle.  They didn’t catch his name or phone number.  So they prayed that they would have an opportunity to meet him again.  That day they found him on the side of the road with a flat tire and was able to assist him and began teaching him the gospel.
              
We held our first family history booth at a farmers market sponsored by the Lions Club Saturday, Dec 3rd in Northam.  It was quite successful and many people stopped by to talk with us and the missionaries to find out about how to connect themselves to their past ancenstors.  We have also been volunteering in the community, Red Cross Op Shop., Juniper, a tri-Christian group that works with the government to help the elderly and with the Man Shed sponsored by the Government to help retired men give their talents back to the community through various projects.  We were gratified to meet so many of those people whom we have met stop by and wish us well.  We seem to be breaking through to the community through our volunteer efforts. 
December 17, 2016: It has been a very busy productive week.  We attended three Christmas Parties with those entities where we volunteer.
      We attended the Red Cross Ops Shop luncheon party.  There were approximately 20+ people in attendance.  This was the first time that all of the volunteers were together.  It was very interesting that many people came up and said that they knew or had a relative that was a Mormon.  I think the highlight was when we were asked to draw the names out of the box for the prizes.  They asked me to draw the smaller prizes and Sister Roylance to draw the main prize.  We felt that recognition help solidify us as being accepted. 
     Prior to the Juniper Christmas party, we were asked to assist with the entertainment.  Sister Roylance borrowed a guitar and I had my harmonica.  When we got to the party, we found out that we were the main event.  So I was asked to play 3 or 4 Christmas solos and Sister Roylance had to do the same on the guitar.  We did a combination of solos and sing alongs.  Afterwards the family members of those in the facility said it was the best Christmas program they had attended.                                       
      Finally, we were invited to attend with our wives  the Man Shed dinner at the man shed.  It was very nice and again people would come up and ask us about what we were doing here.  One said, are you Jehovah Witnesses and we said no, and she said, well that’s ok then. We did have one lady come to our table and tell us that she had been given one of our Books by the Sisters and would they come by and talk to her.  We are passing that along to the Sisters.  Others have invited us to visit their farms and other areas.  Many wanted to know about my flying career and other information about us and America. 
I    I think the bottom line is that we feel that we are making progress in meeting a nice class of people and getting the name of the Church out there. 
     Through our association in the “Man Shed” we  met several of their relatives around town that were substantial citizens.  For example, the individual that owns Bruno’s pizza in town, in discussion with Shane, the owner, I find that I know his dad through the man shed, his son had heard of me through his father, apparently in a positive light. Likewise, the Sisters are running into people that know us from the man shed.  Even if some do not want to hear about religion, it seems we and the Sisters are warmly received. 
We ran into Michael Cusak and his wife, the Serbian family that we gave the Book of Mormon to, at the grocery store and they were very happy to see us and asked us to stop by again soon.  Which we plan to do this coming week.
We and the Sisters met Ross on the street by his mothers home this week and we invited him over to our place, along with the Sisters, for a pizza evening and discussion. We were not sure that he would come, but, after a few texts, he did show up at our home and we had a very positive and productive discussion about his concerns.    He is very hard on himself and so we discussed forgiveness and repentance, particularly of oneself.  We also discussed placing good thoughts into one’s mind as soon as bad one’s arise.  We invited him to stop by daily or at least often to say hello and get recharged spiritually.  We are texting him daily to invite him to stop by.  We did see him the following day and he texted us.
We also had a great discussion with the Sisters to Dople, his wife and Feme, her brother.  Feme, is at a critical stage and we need to try and get him to come to our home for a one on one discussion.  The sisters are in agreement with this approach.  It is hard to teach him with the rest of the family and noise going on at their house.
Additionally, we gave a couple of discussions to Mark Phillips.  Also, he had to go to the hospital with high blood pressure and he asked that I give him a priesthood blessing.  
We have given 5 discussions this past period.
We had 21 at Church this Sunday.  I was asked Saturday night to give a Sacrament talk the next day and it went reasonable well
   
    
    Food Sunday at the Branch                                                       Our Neighbor, Herman's Nativity Scene
    
    Christmas at our Neighbors home, Herman, He made the nativity scene years ago by hand
              
        FHE Put on the whole armor of God                  The Red Cross Christmas Party
     
         Our Nativity Scene complete with Kangaroos
    
     Christmas at a Mission Meeting                                 Of course, instructions were included
        
        A visit to our investigators                                            They had several birds
    
   Downtown Northam Store                                       Elder & Sister Roylance's Home with Sisters
     
    Boxing Day at a member's home (Christensen)        Christensen's garden protection from Birds
     
       Sisters at District meeting                                          Elders at District meeting
     
                                          The sister missionaries gave Sister Roylance a new hair-do  
        I don’t know if I mentioned an experience recently had at the Man Shed.  The President of the Man Shed, Robbie Fraser, said that he met me years ago when I was a young missionary in Northam.  He was in his early teens and I and he remember that he would follow us around on our bicycles pestering us about what it was like in America.  He was enthralled with anything American.  He was in an orphanage and so we were prohibited from teaching him, but had a great relationship with him.  As an after thought, I asked him if he had ever been taught about the church and he said that he isn’t interested right now, but we have become very good friends.  In fact to the point that he tells me that he has mentioned me to his neighbors and they don’t think much of the Mormons.  He agreed that they didn’t have correct information about the Church and have told them that I’m a good person. We had a feeling to stop by Margarete Davis, a less active member.  She has been very difficult to reach and has ducked us sometimes. She is a less active and has no testimony. She was out watering the flowers and lawn.  We stopped by and she was very friendly.  She opened up a bit, and said, since her husband died, she has had difficulty being around strangers and a lot of people.The repairman for our refrigerator finally arrived to fix our freezer. The interesting part of his visit is that he is president of the Aerro Club, Errol Croft.  He asked me who we represent, as he read my badge. I mentioned the Church and he wanted to know about that and our background, I mentioned my  career as a pilot in the US Airforce.  He then told me that he was the president of the aerro club here in Northam and that they sponsored last year’s International Ballooning Championships and that they have been asked again to do so.  Last year’s winner was a Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, who broke the worlds hot air balloon around the world taking off and landing at Northam, wa,au.  He asked me if I would like to join the aero club, and I told him that I was not able to and that two other of his members had asked me, they said that the meetings were on Sunday, & I could not meet on Sunday.  He said, that is not a problem, they would work around it and that they had told him about me and needed my experience to help them on a couple of committees to get ready for this years flights and world ballooning contests.  He said that he would be in touch. We followed up on a referral from the Mission Home.  Rose Bates lives in Wundowie and was baptized in 1964 by Elder Gold.  I told her that I was in Perth as a missionary that year and I knew Elder Gold.  We had a wonderful discussion and got along very well. We will begin teaching her and her daughter, 21-year-old Racheal. Likewise, we will have the Branch Clerk send for her records. We have been trying again to meet with Shade and her family and have not had much luck meeting with her husband, Dople.  We dropped by Saturday afternoon and he was there alone and invited us in. He thanked us again for help them move to a new home. He was assembling a new BBQ  just like one we owned and  asked us for help in assembling it and starting the burners.  We had a good time and presented him with a Book of Mormon, in Yoruba, his native language.  He was very impressed. This week we gave 8 discussions and gave out three Books of Mormon this week. 
       
      Wombats and Kangaroo crossing                                Bart Simpson on displ      
              Investigators and Returning members from Nigeria, Aboriginal, Maori, Missionaries
        
         A lone Northam Phone Booth                                       Our Former Branch President & sister
       
             Sisters Roylance, Monson & Collins                  Sister Roylance leading music at the District mtg
      
                                     Flooding on the Mortlock River just blocks from our home
     
         Family Home Evening at the Roylance Home           Working with a returning member
     
         Greenmount District                                                          Taking a braeak from the meeting

   It is good to have the Sisters back, they are wonderful.
We met a person from New Zealand named Jack and had a nice discussion with him. 
Mark, a less active, is coming along nicely with a testimony that is growing.  We gave him the 3rd discussion this week. He has been to Church now for about five Sundays straight.
We also are teaching  a less active the addiction program and it is moving forward, we are on the 3rd lesson.
We have also been teaching a less active named Darryl and he is warming to the church and hopefully he will attend soon.
While the sisters were gone, we visited a number of their investigators that they wanted us to visit and had some great discussions.
On Saturday, we had a Family History Booth at the entrance of Coles Grocery store.  We, of course, included the Sisters and had approximately 10 people show an interest in Family History and/or coming to church. 
The Eustace’s are still out of town, but even at that we had 28 at church today. It was nice to see Sister Stanley at church who recently had a triple by-pass heart operation. We have been taking the sacrament, with the Branch President’s permission, to her while she has been recovering. 
We had a good week volunteering at the three places, Red Cross Op Shop, Juniper & the Man Shed.  Met a number of new people that are possible contacts. We are meeting a number of these people around town with friendly results.
On our daily walk, we met a lady who just made her partner leave home and she followed us around in our walk as we talked.  Noticing our badges, she asked us where we were from and what we were doing here.  The end result is that we have an invitation to return and visit with her.
We and the sisters had an appointment to meet with Shade.  Unfortunately, Shade took it upon herself to fix dinner for us. While they were preparing dinner, Shade’s brother, Femi, asked if I would like to sit down and discuss the church.  We had a great in-depth discussion of the great apostasy.  I described Constantine’s influence of the Council of Nicaea producing the Nicene Creed and how the word and concept of the trinity came about.  He was quite amazed.  I also gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon in his own language, Aruba, and had him Read Moroni 10:3-5.  He then repeated the words “with real intent.”  Previously, he had told me that he prayed about the Book of Mormon and didn’t feel anything.  After reading that, he said ok, I will try again and with real intent. I have been texting him passages to read in the Book of Mormon. 
Our less active Elder & returned missionary, is coming along nicely.  When we first met with him several months ago, he was quite bitter against the church and the divorce that he had been through.  His background is that he served a mission in Victoria and some six years ago, he went to the dentist and got hooked on pain killers and went downhill from there. Our Branch President’s wife is out of town, so we invited he and our less active Brother over for dinner Friday evening and had a very nice time. He has committed to come to church in two weeks.
We had 36 at church with 5 less active and 13 non members, including Shade, Femi and her children to church.  I taught them the restoration of the gospel by using the Book of Daniel.  It went very well. They talked after and didn’t seem to want to leave.  They said they would come again next week. My wife taught primary and the children loved it.  
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017:  Came back from a District Meeting, then met with an investigator in Wundowie with the sisters to give a lesson.  We left and went to the Northam Petrol Station to fill up.  Happened to end up in the 2nd stall. There was a car beside us in the 1st stall. I filled up, then went to pay.  While I was in paying, a young woman came in and gave me a $5 bill and said that I dropped it as I was walking in.  I said, “thanks for being so honest”.  I went out and her partner was filling their car with petrol in the stall beside us.  I started chatting with him and I can’t remember all that I said, but something like, do you attend a church.  He said no, and I said something like, we are missionaries from America and have a message for you about Jesus Christ, can we come by to talk to you.  He said that his partner, the person that found my $5, was thinking about going back to church.  So I said, may I talk with her. Yes.  So I went to the other side of the car and started chatting with her.  Long story short, they would love to have us come to their house and teach them about the church.  We got their contact information and finished and went home, marveling how the Lord had put them in our path at that exact time.  They live out of town a ways from Northam.  After eating dinner, we received a call from our investigators in Wongan Hills, Ann Marie, she said that she had a call from her daughter, Nadia.  She said that she met a handsome older man and his young beautiful wife at the Petrol Station and they have agreed to have us out to teach them about the church.  What a marvelous miracle that our investor’s daughter is who we were directed to at the Petrol Station and is interested in learning about the church, i.e., she was placed in our path as a contact.  Our Wongan Hills Investigator felt like this was a personal sign to her. May the Lord continue to bless you in your most important work. NOTE:  our mission president (the best in the world) has assigned the Sister Missionaries to teach only in the town of Northam and we are to take everything outside of Northam (many towns). 
 Approximately a week and half ago, we met Jan (husband) and Ann Marie, white South Africans at a luncheon at a members home.  We approached them about teaching them about the church and Jan agreed.  We met with them Sunday afternoon and had a great discussion and conversation.  They said that they had been searching for a religion and were quite discouraged with the preachers in the various churches they have visited in that they are not teaching doctrine.  Each of the points in the first discussion were accepted and they commented positively and committed to come to church and keep learning about the gospel.  They were very interested in the Book of Mormon and especially that we gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon in Afrikaans.   She picked up the English version and opened  the Afrikaans version to Moroni 7:19: Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ, that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.  She felt like this was a sign to her from our Father in Heaven.   The member that lives near them has agreed to bring them to church.  We also have an appointment with them next week for the 2nd discussion. Saturday we had our Lion’s Club Family History Booth in Northam.  It was quite successful and we had many people stop by and ask questions.  The Sisters and us made a number of good contacts.  We also had many people drop by whom we have met in our volunteering efforts. We have also been invited to join Lions Club and assist with their service projects.Brother Scott, a police officer from Wongan Hills broke his back in a dirt bike accident.  He was rushed to Perth where he underwent back surgery. After our discussion with our new investigator, we visited the family to console them.  He is starting to get some feeling in his toes.We had 29 at Church today with 7 less active, three of which were children. We also had one non-member, whom we have been teaching the Self Reliance class to he and his wife.  I had three in my Gospel Principles class.


                                        
    
                 Huntsman Spider     
          Si
Sis Roylance, Collins, Monson, Huah & Peter
    
April 7, 2017:  This past week we had some interesting experiences, Each morning Sister Roylance and I go on a walk.  We have gotten to know many neighbors along our route.  In fact we have been inducted into the Neighborhood watch group.  Our habit is for me to go on a walk early in the morning, 5:45 am, When I returned, Sister Roylance is usually ready to walk with me. This time I came home and she was still asleep, so she hurried and got dressed and we began our walk. It was amazing to me that because we were 5 minutes later, we met two people on the walk that we had been wanting to get to know better. We ran in to both of them and only them.  We had a great discussion with both and made appointments to go and visit them.  We felt the Lord directed us.
We had two people attend the family history training at the Church that were referred from our family history booth in the park. They even stayed for a lunch that Sister and Brother Watts had prepared. 
We also showed them the Easter initiative Banner that we received from Salt Lake and they were impressed.  We also showed the banner to a non-member business owner that we have gotten to know, he is a devout Christian, and he and his wife were very impressed.  We helped this same business owner move from their current home to a new home here in Northam.
At the Lions Club meeting Wed, we had a nice recognition of the church through our efforts of my volunteering for the Lions Sausage Sizzle while the Sisters and Sister Roylance ran the family history booth.
We and the Sister Missionaries had a very nice family home evening with Shade and Dopple, the couple you met when you were here.  Dopple was very impressed and even wanted to know how to download the music I played from the LDS Music App on my I-phone.  He now has it.  He particularly liked the children’s songs we sang. 
We downloaded & showed conference sessions both on Sat and Sunday in the Northam Branch Building.  We had one less active on Sat Morning.  Sat afternoon we had 10 in attendance with two less active and one investigator. One less active, Margaret Davis, we and the sisters have been trying to get her to church for months and this was the first time she attended. For the Sunday morning session, we had 18 people present with two less active and one non-member.  At the Sunday afternoon session we had 8 in attendance, one less active in attendance.
Here is the front end of the story concerning the mother and father of the lady we met at the Petrol Station:

We had lunch with a member of the Church and he had a couple of guests.  One of them looked up from his food and said, what is that beautiful building a picture of, and we said, it is the Perth Temple.  As we were getting ready to go, I asked him if we could come to his home and tell him about that temple and he agreed. Approximately a week and half ago, we met Jan (husband) and Ann Marie, white South Africans at a luncheon at a members home.  We met with them Sunday afternoon and had a great discussion and conversation.  They said that they had been searching for a religion and were quite discouraged with the preachers in the various churches they have visited in that they are not teaching doctrine.  Each of the points in the first discussion were accepted and they commented positively and committed to come to church and keep learning about the gospel.  They were very interested in the Book of Mormon and especially that we gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon in Afrikaans.   She picked up the English version and opened  the Afrikaans version to Moroni 7:19: Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ, that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.  She felt like this was a sign to her from our Father in Heaven.  
 When we gave them the first discussion, they immediately asked us if we don’t drink certain things and why, tea coffee, etc.  When we returned the next week, we weren’t sure what we would find, if they had a lot of questions. But we found that they were ready for the 2nd discussion, the plan of salvation.  As we went through the plan of happiness, including the three degrees of glory, they commented that they had believed this way and that this sounds so right, but they couldn’t find a minister or priest that believed that way.  The many churches they attended, had no real information concerning why we are here, where we came from or where we are going.  So we find that Ann Marie and Jan are completely ready for the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She also told us of a few dreams she has had over her life time that had parts of the plan & the tree of life depicted in her dream and was assured she would be led to the truth.  It was a great spiritual experience.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017:  Came back from a District Meeting, then met with an investigator in Wundowie with the sisters to give a lesson.  We left and went to the Northam Petrol Station to fill up.  Happened to end up in the 2nd stall. There was a car beside us in the 1st stall. I filled up, then went to pay.  While I was in paying, a young woman came in and gave me a $5 bill and said that I dropped it as I was walking in.  I said, “thanks for being so honest”.  I went out and her partner was filling their car with petrol in the stall beside us.  I started chatting with him and I can’t remember all that I said, but something like, do you attend a church.  He said no, and I said something like, we are missionaries from America and have a message for you about Jesus Christ, can we come by to talk to you.  He said that his partner, the person that found my $5, was thinking about going back to church.  So I said, may I talk with her. Yes.  So I went to the other side of the car and started chatting with her.  Long story short, they would love to have us come to their house and teach them about the church.  We got their contact information and finished and went home, marveling how the Lord had put them in our path at that exact time.  They live out of town a ways from Northam.  After eating dinner, we received a call from our investigators in Wongan Hills, Ann Marie, she said that she had a call from her daughter, Nadia.  She said that she met a handsome older man and his young beautiful wife at the Petrol Station and they have agreed to have us out to teach them about the church.  What a marvelous miracle that our investor’s daughter is who we were directed to at the Petrol Station and is interested in learning about the church, i.e., she was placed in our path as a contact.  Our Wongan Hills Investigator felt like this was a personal sign to her. May the Lord continue to bless you in your most important work. NOTE:  our mission president (the best in the world) has assigned the Sister Missionaries to teach only in the town of Northam and we are to take everything outside of Northam (many towns). 

Feb 28, 2017:  Went to Ann Marie’s and Jan’s to eat dinner with them and gave Discussion #3.  When we finished eating and Francois and left to watch TV, we formally started in the dinning room with prayer.  We were going to challenge them to be baptized on the 3rd discussion.  Then Ann Marie turned to Jan and said, would you like to make the announcement.  He then began by telling us that they really enjoyed conference and would love to come to Northam to Church this weekend to watch the re-broadcast.  He then said that at the conference in Perth, he turned to Ann Marie and said, we our going to do this.  He then said that they had decided to join the Church.  It was a great lesson and we committed them to be baptized on the 19th of March, which it turns out we will need to postpone it a week because of Stake Conference. We also showed the Bednar three part on recognizing the spirit.  It went extremely well and we drove home at about 9:30 pm.  It was very dark and could hardly see any cars on the road.  We were afraid of kangaroos, but we didn’t ever see any and made it home about 10:45 pm. 
March 12:  Had Ann Mari and Jan for lunch after Church and continued the commandments discussion on tithing and following the prophet.  They had no problem, in fact, Jan said that he prayed about President Monson and received an answer that he is a prophet.  We went through the baptismal questions and they were good to go.  So, as you suggested, President Goodlet happened to be here this week before he leaves for three to four weeks and interviewed each of them for baptism.  He was very pleased and said they are ready for baptism.  Very exciting.  We are still on schedule for March 26th for baptizing them at Northam.  I have been checked out on how to fill the font. 
 March 26, 2107:  Baptismal day for Jan & Ann-Mari.  It went very well, I was asked by them to baptism both of them.  Brother Jones confirmed Ann-Mari and I confirmed, conferred the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained him to the office of a Priesthood.  Of course after he was sustained. 

We took the sisters with us to Wongan Hills to have dinner with our recently baptized Ann-Mari and Jan.  They had their non-member grown children there and we left them with a wonderful spiritual message and we think they will soon be ready to teach. 
President Goodlet came home Friday evening from the mines and was totally exhausted. He is retired and this was just an extra event he did to earn a little extra money and because his son-in-law asked him to help him out.
We delivered Easter treats to the investigators and less active this week.
We had a great family home evening on Monday, Daryl Howie has been coming to our family home evenings and we taught the lesson on Covenants from the Old Testament Institute Manual.  Daryl and the other less actives are making great progress.  He is bringing his mother and his son to food Sunday this coming week.

After the District Meeting this week & on the way home to Northam, we took the Sister Missionaries with us to Wundowie to meet a number of the less active members we have been working with.
We had 35 to Church Sunday with 7 less active and one investigator. The one investigator was Divan, the adult child of Ann-Mari and Jan.  After Church we invited they and the sister missionaries to lunch after which we divided up the 1st discussions between us and the sister missionaries and gave the first discussion to Divan, which was the first after baptism discussion to Ann-Mari and Jan.  The discussion went very well and we answered many of the questions that Divan had been waiting to ask.  He left Tasmania last month to return home.  He had been in Tasmania living with his Brother and was in a youth ministries program.  He seems to be developing a little testimony already.  This is the 3rd time he has come to church. We had a join planning session with the Sister Missionaries on Saturday to see how we should approach the first discussion for Divan.  The new Sister missionary, Sister Graham, did very well and it looks like she will be super missionary.
    

      







     

     


The Northam Branch








   
    Cup Cakes by Sister Roylance District Meeting     


 
Everyone gets tested for drinking, I passed.

    Lions Club Sausage Sizzle
                                       
The DuPlessis dinner

Easter at the Church

Moon over our home in the morning

Elder Roylance fixing Sisters Bikes

A feast at the Roylance Residence

Northam is known for Ballooning

At the Markets with the Red Cross Manager

The Man Shed Wood Raffle

Dinner with workers at the Red cross

Tayla is getting baptized

Family Home Evening Fun

Some of the boys at the Man Shed

Rob Frazer followed me around as teenager when I was on my Mission

At the Zoo with Sister Roylance

There she is again

Kangaroo

Koala Bear

Tasmanian Devil

We made the papers

The Mission with our Zone

Dinner with the Goolets our Branch President & Wife

A neighbor Steve behind their house

Same

A Missionary Coordination Meeting at our home

Sunday Dinner at our home, Jones and a friend, with Francois a son

Daryl (returning member) & his dog (Herc)

We made the paper as new members of Lions on the 100th Anniversary

Our baptized member (Jan) holding his new left handed rifle