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 joint 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

 June 18, 2107: We had a productive week this week.  Again, we had our picture in the paper, as you can see from the attached.  This was recognizing us as having been inducted officially into the Lions club on the 100th anniversary of the club which was founded in America. When we were interviewed, we told them a lot about our mission, but as you can see, the paper, not the club, did not mention our mission. Our Lions sponsor mentions that almost every time, the paper edits what they give them.  They did say, however that they think there will be  better article in the national Lions edition.  But, at least they can see our missionary badge. Additionally, we went to the Lion’s change over dinner Saturday evening, it was a great event with many of the Lions current and former Presidents present.  The current Shire President was there and spend quite a bit of time talking to us. We sat at the same table as the incoming Lion’s President and at the end of the evening we told him that we had to speak in Church in the morning.  He turned and said that he would love to attend our church with us sometime. We were pleasantly surprised.  Also, the President of the Rotary Club was there, President of the Aero Club, and the Returning Services League (RSL).  The League and the Aero Club both invited us to come to their meetings and participate. 
We met with a person Saturday in his home that we had met in our family history work at the monthly markets.  He is a current Justice of the Peace and also a fellow pilot.   We had a nice talk about Church and other things.
We had 38 at Church today, with four non-members and a number of less active.   We had Brother and Sister Jones, Belinda, Tayla, and the sisters to lunch today.
As directed, I interviewed Tayla Abel today for baptism next week and she is ready with a strong testimony and living the commandments and will do so from now on.  She has asked that I baptize her next week.  Thanks for the opportunities..

June 25, 2017:  We had a nice baptismal service for Tayla Ann Abel.,  she asked me to baptize her and it was wonderful.  We had 47 people there with three non-members and several less active.  She is looking forward to great activity in the church.  A number of Young Single Adults came from the stake to witness the baptism.  We also had food Sunday today. 
Francois Hollaway, the 27 year old son of Ann-Mari and Jan, is now on baptismal date for July 9th and desires wholeheartedly to be baptized. Francois recently obtained a job in a nearby shire called Grass Valley and needed a place to stay, so Daryl Howrie, a member we have been teaching for 8 months needed a renter, so we connected the two and they are getting along nicely.  This was a good opportunity for  both of them.  Francois has followed the Word of Wisdom for almost 2 weeks now. 

Saturday, we went wood cutting with the Lions Club,  it was great to be with them on this 2,000 acre farm owned by one of the Lion’s member.  These are good people and we are making many friends.

June 28, 2017:  Met with Francois this evening along with the Sisters.  We presented the baptismal questions to him and he looks like he is ready to be baptized in two weeks.  He has asked that I baptize him and Brother Brennan confirm him. Great honor. I and Sister Roylance found him & gave him the first discussion, then asked the sister missionaries to join us in teaching him.  It has been a spiritual experience and we have all learned a lot as we have had the opportunity to teach all the missionary discussions. 

July 6, 2017: We received a call from Sister Brown who was passing on a request from Sally & Richard Hardwick, who are  on a Senior Mission in Slovakia, Sally went to Uni with Ligia.  We were told that Ligia, who lives in Northam, just lost her husband to a farming accident.  They asked us to go over and express sympathies from the Hardwicks.  The funeral was the first of the week and we were able to make it over to their place a few days later.  Which worked out to be a perfect time.  Sister Roylance had baked ham crepes for another non-member whose wife was out of town, but they weren’t home.  Also, we stopped by several times to Ligia’s home and no one was there.  We drove by both homes again, our investigator was still gone but there were lights on at Ligia’s.  We were only planning to give Ligia cookies but as we got out of the car the thought came give the dinner.  So we took the dish to Ligia and her daughter.  They were extremely happy to see us.  The food others had brought for the funeral was gone and they had spent all day in Perth looking for a probate lawyer.  They were very happy to have a good meal after such a long day.  They were also touched by the ideafthat their friend Sally could just email someone and someone would come to comfort them.  She put her phone number on our phones and invited us to come anytime.  We will of course go by again soon. 
The next day Sister Roylance made another dinner for our non-member doctor friend, Dopple, whom you have given the first discussion to.  He was baby sitting the children for the week while his wife was out of town interning with her nursing program.  He was so happy and the children were extremely hungry and ready to eat.  All in all it worked out nicely with the help of the spirit.

July 9, 2017:  Wonderful baptism.  I was asked to baptize Francois and Sister Roylance was asked to give a great baptismal talk.  All went well with the baptism and confirmation, with Francois being sustained and receiving the Aaronic Priesthood after Church.  We had food Sunday after and some 36 in attendance to Sacrament meeting with three non-members there. After Church we showed the Meet the Mormons film to those that wanted to stay. 

We were invited to an RSL luncheon this week for a Christmas in July and met many new friends and acquaintances.  A number of the Lions Club members also attended.  We are getting quite well known through the town and are always associated with the church, and from what we can tell, in a positive light.
We were also invited to a luncheon with some of those that we volunteer with at the Red Cross Op Shop.  There were two ladies and another volunteers husband besides ourselves there.  We had a great spiritual discussion and ended up giving the first and second discussion with some progress with each.We had a nice baptismal service for Tayla Ann Abel., We not only helped teach her, but she asked me to baptize her and it was wonderful.  We had 47 people there with three non-members and several less active.  She is looking forward to great activity in the church.  A number of Young Single Adults came from the stake to witness the baptism.  We also had food Sunday today. 

We had Branch Conference this weekend with 46 in attendance with four non-members and four less actives.  It was a great meeting. 



Lions Club changeover Dinner

Lunch with Sisters, Jones', Tayla & Perth Member

Train carrying mining Ore to the various docks

Sisters, Hua (reactivated  being taught), Sister R

Our recent baptized member, Francois Hollaway

Gathering Wood with the Lions' Club

Lions Wood Cutting Project

Our new baptism, Tayla Abel

Tayla and her Sister, Morgan (left)

Food Sunday each month at the Branch

The Shire of Northam looking west

The Shire of Northam looking East

Sunday Lunch at the Roylance's

Weekly Family Home Evening

Sister Graham & Walker (new) & Francois

Christmas in July at the Branch

 Baptism, Francois Hollaway

Nadia, another daughter of Ann-Mari & Jan's

Crayfish feed at the du Plessis

Crayfish Feed

Newly borne lambs, Missionaries, plus Devon, investigator

Different bird eggs from the farm

Crayfish Feed at the du Plessis

Goodlets and the Roylances going to Perth Temple

                          Perth Temple

District meeting

RSL (Returning Serviceman's League

RSL Luncheon with invitation to the Lion's Club

Nadia with a baby Kangaroo

Baby Kangaroo

Our new investigator, Paul

Holding the Scott's (members) Snake

The Scott's Dog
Aug 13, 2017:
Monday evening we held a special family home evening with Maggie, Mark and their son, Angus O’Riley.  They have been taught two discussions and went to the “Come and See” devotional with President and Sister Fife and enjoyed it immensely.  We showed them how to have a successful family home evening, the subject was the plan of salvation.  It went very well with them. 
Morgan Abel, who is on date to be baptized this Sunday has been having difficulty from her mother, who is quite upset that she wants to be baptized.  Morgan is in her early 20’s and can independently make up her own mind.  She asked that I give her a blessing, which I did last Sunday.  Friday we took her to lunch while the sisters were in Perth. She said that her mother had now stopped giving her the silent treatment and they are doing better.  The blessing seems to have helped.
Held family home evening Tuesday and had 9 people there, including four of us missionaries.  Terry Brooks, a very less active, Daryl Howrie, same, Francois, recently baptized, Tayla Abel, recently baptized, Paul, a non-member.  We are going through the Book of Mormon interspersed with videos, games and treats.
Wed Evening, we had a companionship study with the sister missionaries.  Then Sister Walker asked for a blessing from Elder Roylance.
Saturday evening Elder and Sister Roylance were invited to dinner by one of the large farmers in the Branch, Adrian Brennon, to meet a non=member friend of his, named Dawn Entriken.  She is 71 years old and Adrian had the missionaries out one half years ago to meet her and, though they left a message, however, the sisters missionaries didn’t have any luck with a follow-up or contact, and she didn’t give them her address and phone number.   So Adrian felt that maybe senior missionaries could make a little headway.  We did have a nice discussion with her and we were able to get a follow-up meeting with her by getting her contact information.  We will visit her again next week. 
What a nice baptism it was Sunday.  I had the privilege of  baptizing Morgan and it went extremely well.  Even her mother came.  The mothers heart went from hostile and not wanting to attend her daughter’s baptism to actually coming.  With it being food Sunday, the mother said that it was a surprise to her that she actually enjoyed it and felt at home.

We had a nice talk with Maggie, her husband Mark and son Anghus.  Anghus wanted to go swimming in the font, he is just under 3 years old.  His mother told him he couldn’t swim but that  he would be able to see his mother and father swim in the font when they were baptized soon.  And then went on to say that they thought the sisters were going to ask them to be baptized this week.  There were many young single adults in attendance for a total of 57 at Sacrament meeting with 8 non-members.  

Hua, reactivated member and missionaries
Having Sunday lunch with a non-member investigator, Paul, an Aboriginal


Our first baptisms, Ann-Mari & Jan originally from South Africa

The Sister in our Zone invaded us one P day


Two Districts together for meeting

A Family Home Evening Birthday Party for Daryl Howrie

Same FHE Party

The Canola fields are starting to bloom

The Lions Club helping with the Avon Descent boat races

Putting out the starting line in the water

The beginning of the race with two helpers

The boaters are coming down the river to the ocean, Indian Ocean

The race can be hard on some participants

A handsome couple downstream of the race

Our Red Cross Op Shop boss out to look at the race

A luncheon with the Able Sisters, Tayla, Morgan & Aberdeen plus Missionaries

Abel Sisters plus missionaries

The Sister Missionaries posing before a sunset

Investigators, Mark, Maggie, Anghus plus missionaries

The Greenmount District Missionaries

Two days before Morgan Abel's baptism, Sister Roylance & I took her to lunch

The picture that caught our first baptism's attention, The Perth Temple

A new potential investigator, Dawn

A dinner at the Brennon's Farm

The Baptismal day for Morgan Abel has arrived


Plus the missionaries of Northam

There were 58 in attendance and 8 non-members

The Abel family, with now two sisters as members, the mother is a non member
Sept 3, 2017:
Happy Fathers Day, hope you are enjoying your family visits.
Monday, we had Francois over for a discussion at our home along with the Sisters.   We had a nice discussion with him, and he has met someone  and she might even be interested in the church.
Family Home Evening went extremely well, with two non-members and a less active and recently baptized members attending.  It was Sister Roylance’s birthday so we had an all games night.  Everyone had a good time and got to see that a party can be fun without alcohol and all that goes with that life style. 
Wednesday evening we showed the movie, Meet the Mormons, to Maggie, Mark & James.  They really enjoyed it and the movie answered some of the questions they had.  Mark was encouraged to say the closing prayer and with a little instruction from us, he finally said a very wonderful and sincere prayer.
We held the Family History Booth at the Markets on Saturday morning and met many old and some new friends.  This is the beginning of the big balloon festival and there were many people at the market today.  The evening was filled with assisting the Lions Club with parking for those attending the balloon festival event.  There were several thousand people there from all over.  It is quite an event with ten balloons lighting their fires to the beat of a band, followed by fireworks.  We discussed the church with several people in the course of our parking duties and met many current investigators. 
Early Saturday, while we were at our family history booth, we got word that Maggie was at the emergency room with a bad back. We went right away to the emergency room to giver her a blessing, leaving the sister missionaries to tend the family history booth.  We no sooner arrived when Maggie was called in to see the doctor, she had been there since 7:30 am and it was now 10:40am.  She asked the nurse if we could come in and give a church blessing to her and the staff said yes.  So, we pulled the curtains and with her husband, Mark there, Elder Roylance gave her a priesthood blessing.  Before we gave her the blessing, she could hardly sit up and she said that she would not be able to make it to church for her baptismal interview. Later that evening, she phoned and said that she would now be at church the next morning and would be able to go through with the baptismal interview.  The priesthood is real and works according to our and the recipient’s faith. Sunday morning Maggie came to church in a wheelchair for her baptismal interview along with her husband Mark.  They both did very well and have strong testimonies and are ready to be baptized this week.
Sunday evening, we and the sisters visited the Mark & Maggie O’Rileys.  She told us of her experience during and after the blessing.  She said that before the blessing she was in terrible pain at the hospital, as he laid his hands on her head, she felt as if she was enveloped in a kind of peace and quiet.  She said that soon the pain completely left her and stayed that way for some time after the blessing.  The blessing thoughts, according to Elder Roylance, were that she would be able to handle and manager her pain.  She has a steel rod from years ago in her back from a degenerative bone disease.  She was grateful for the blessing. 
There were 35 at Sacrament meeting today with four non-members.  Because Maggie is somewhat laid up today, Sister Roylance made dinner and the sister missionaries made the salad and we took dinner to them. 

We had Brother and Sister Jones invite Dawn, a lady that we taught the first discussion to last week, to the “Come and See” program on the 10th of Sept.  She is still to get back to the Jones’ with an answer.  We are hopeful.  But we will be there with the sisters and James.  We are all looking forward to the evening. 
 
Allen, (Tex)one of the people where we volunteer at the old folks home. 
The Melanoma Cancer Council raising money that the Lions assist.
Gathering after the Melanoma Cancer Breakfast, yes that is Sister Roylance

Lions Club bonfire at a 2000 acre farm, Lion John

Fun at the Bonfire

Bonfire

FHE with the O'Rileys

Another FHE

Visiting our first baptized members Jan & Ann-Mari

Zone Conference

Canola fields of the Wheat Belt

Canola Fields

Canola Fields

FHE and Missionary Discussions to three Non-Members

Happy Birthday to Sister Roylance

The winners of the FHE activities

Sister Roylance teaching primary

The recently baptized Abel Sisters at the monthly Market

At the Monthly Lions Club Northam Market

The yearly Balloon Festival in Northam 12,000 people attended
we helped park cars.


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Balloon Festival
Sister Roylance's Birthday Party at the Goodlets
Balloons over Northam 
Learning the train system with Hank & Betty Braun
Perth Skyline
Sister Roylance in front of the Perth Myer Store
The Perth Bay into the Indian Ocean 
The Fremantle Maritime Museum
 
Sister Roylance, Graham & Walker 
Recently baptized Mark & Maggie O'Riley Small
Serving Breakfast at the Balloon Festival 
Rides in the Balloon cost about $370/person
Serving Breakfast with the Pres of the Aerial Club, Errol Croft
Sister Roylance at the Northam Agricultural Show
A fellow Lions, Peter a 7th Day Adventist & a Bible Preach
Lions Cancer Institute Screening Van, we were cancer screened
Lions Club of Northam presenting a large donation to the Melanoma Cancer Institute














2 comments:

  1. TERRY & DIANE,
    I have read and caught up on all of your adventures there in your no homeland of Australia. You seem to be so enjoying your service and time there and know that the people you serve are blessed to have you..... I envy you that experience! THANKS FOR SHARING!!

    Life is GOOD here in Zion-Central and in our Butler Hill ward. I assume you know that ANNALIESE EARNST has passed away, and BOB CUTLER has moved to Arizona to live with his daughter Karen. We missed you at dinner group here at our home last month. The Anderson's also missed as MARK's health sadly is declining.
    CARRY ON.... and Bill and I will continue to follow your adventures here!
    LUVS, CHRISTENA


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  2. 🙍🏼 DIANE..... YOUR HAIR is now BLOND❗️
    DID THE SUN ☀️ BLEACH IT or did you do it YOURSELF❓

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