10.04.2008

Today is Sunday.


It is Sunday here in Australia, so we went to church with the Lindley's. Unlike in the United States, they do not receive General Conference over here until a week later so along with losing one whole day, and then an additional hour because of daylight savings time, we will not get to hear General Conference. I am sad that we don't get to hear our prophet but at the same time I was so excited to get to go to church over here. It was fast and testimony meeting so we got to hear the testimonies of the members here, and I can say without hesitation that the gospel is alive and well here in Australia, they have very strong testimonies. It was also exciting to get to meet so many people that Tyler has come to know and love over the past two years. We have not even seen Tyler yet but the members here in Wantirna, Australia can remember him and have expressed their love of him. We don't actually get to see Tyler until Tuesday, which will be Monday in the US, and trust me, it is terrible knowing that he is here somewhere in Melbourne and we can't see him for two more days.
The chapel that we went to today is right next to the temple, in fact, they share a parking lot. We were so sad to find out that the temple is closed for cleaning wile we are here so we won't get to go.


We went to the mission home for dinner tonight. Every Sunday the Lindley's host dinner for the senior missionaries, the Elders, and any investigators that they are teaching, and then of course any parents that have come over to pick up their sons. While we were there, the missionaries taught a discussion from "Preach My Gospel", and while they were in the middle of their lesson Sister Lindley's cell phone rang but by the time her daughter could get to it she had missed the call. You will never believe who it was? It was Elder Huntsman and she missed the call!! She had actually called him earlier today and had missed him so he was returning her call. She wouldn't torture either one of us and call him back, but just knowing that he called while we were there was so surreal. Most of the people who were at dinner know him and had some really nice things to tell us about him. After dinner was over and the senior missionaries and the Elders had left, President Lindley shared some pretty funny stories on life as a mission president. He is a great man and it is easy to see why Tyler has grown to love he and his family so much. Sister Lindley is so warm and friendly and immediately upon meeting her you feel as though you have known her your entire life. Their children are so polite and friendly and very easy to talk to as well. We enjoyed ourselves so much tonight and wish that we had more time here to get to know them even better.
Tomorrow morning Sister Lindley has arranged a little tennis match with she and President Lindley, and Mooch and I. She has even invited her own cheering section, so the pressure is on for Mooch and I. Hopefully we will be on our game.
To Madysen: you can't call us because we don't have international calling on our phones so if you need to correspond with us you will have to e-mail us or you can always leave a comment on the blog.
I'll blog again tomorrow night so until then.....G'day Mates!!!

6 comments:

CLUB! (Marnie,Eliza,and Mady) said...

So you will get to see him tomorrow right? When you see him will he still me a missionary or will he be able to go places and stuff. Well I am glad you are having fun.

Love you,
Mady

Kelli said...

When we see him tomorrow night it will be at a special fireside for the missionaries who are going home and for the ones who are being transfered, and yes he will still be a missionary. He will stay tomorrow night at the mission home which is a tradition for the missionaries who are going home and then on Wednesday here, Tuesday for you guys, he will be released to us for the remainder of the time we are here but he will not actually be released as a missionary until we get home and President Schlauder will do that. He has to remain with a Preisthood holder at all times so he cannot be without dad until we get home and he is released. We are having so much fun. Our tennis plans got ruined today because of rain but we will find something fun to do. Love you guys so much.

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andrew said...

that is so cool!have you seen tyler?
who is it in Australia?

Kathy's Boys said...

Kelli,
I got your message and will call Pres. Schlauder right away. I can't believe you haven't seen Tyloy yet. Is it far from Melbourne? We are going up to Salt Lake on Friday for Glenn Gavin Jr's wedding on sat. a.m. but will be back that eve. Dallin got his mission call to the Ukraine this week and is going through the temple on Saturday at 5:30, so if we make it back in time, we will go to that and then straight over to see Tyloy. We are so excited to see him and talk to him. From his letters it sounds like he has quite an accent!! Have fun and enjoy every minute!! Your lucky you don't have to go through this again!! JK, even though it is hard and 2 years seems long, I wouldn't trade the experience of "having a missionary" Love ya!

CLUB! (Marnie,Eliza,and Mady) said...

Ok! Make sure you post like twice a day! I am anxious! The first thing I do on the computer is check to see if you posted! So make sure you do a lot! Well, tell Tyler that I love him and that I will see him soon!

Love you,
Mady

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