We had a flight to Los Angeles then had to wait for an 11:30pm flight which was an hour late. So we finally got off at 12:30am, traveled for 16 hours and arrived in Melbourne, Australia around 10:00am. Pres. and Sister Maxwell, of Salt Lake City, Elder and Sister Woffinden, of Mesa, Arizona, and two young elders met us at the airport. We went to the mission office for a little while, then the Woffindens took us for a little tour to the Dandedong mountains (more like hills).
We landed in Hobart in beautiful weather and by the time we retrieved our luggage and walked out of the airport, we were in a driving rain storm. Cramming 4 big bags and 4 carry-ons into a Toyota Corolla with 4 people was a real trick!! Rex and Mary Ann McDonald picked us up and took us to their/our flat; a lovely 2 bedroom stand alone home. On Friday we went to the Archive and they continued to train us on specific work which they have been doing. Saturday, we went in for a few hours, but also went to Salamanca market which is downtown. It is like a mini Swiss Days with lots of booths and vendors, but they run it every Saturday. Sunday we met many people at Church and found them to be very friendly and helpful. The people in this ward are mostly elderly. We are to have the Primary Program next week and we expect only about 10 children singing. We will see.
The McDonalds have fellowshipped a 14 year old girl who is not a member of the Church, but attends all the classes and activities. She planned a surprise farewell after church on Sunday. She told me to bring a plate of food. So without any time to secretly cook anything, I took some cookies which Sister McDonald had made and froze. Once everyone was in the cultural hall, and the one plate of cookies was on the table, the Bishop said "Elder and Sister McDonald, this is your reward." It was so funny to us. Reward for her own cookies!! A few more dishes of cookies appeared and everyone seemed to enjoy just some time to socialize.
Word of the Week: "Footie" - Australian Football (soccer)