Upper picture shows the Firle Zone while practicing and doing their skit. Lower left was City Zone skit participants and lower right we played the game with mouthpiece in place and try to figure out what other one is saying, Hard enough for those who are English natives but when your companion is from China it makes it harder!
The 12 days of Christmas done Australia missionary style. We had skits from all of the zones and the seniors were not to be left out. Costumes were optional and fun was had by all. Left to right lower pix:Sister Reeves, Elder Smith, Withington, Sister Withington, Sister Rohlfing, Smith, Elder Rohlfing, Snell, Sisters Snell, Petree, Flanders and Sennett. The last 3 are the records retrieval missionaries that work at the Adelaide Archive.
Christmas with the missionaries of the Firle and City Zones. The Parkers gave all missionaries stockings with alll sorts of goodies! Afterwards we went into the chapel and watch the movie, “The Spirit of the Game”. For those who aren’t movie buffs, its about a mormon basketball team in Australia that helped the Olympic team of Australia prepare for the olympics in 1956 and they ended up playing the Olympic teams from many countries, losing only to USSR. They didn’t play the USA but was the year that Bill Russell played for them. The thought and spirit of the movie was there, the uniforms were right on for the period but the actors hardly appeared to have a great deal of skills. How negative of me! Top left picture top left corner, Sister Terriihaunui, Sister Collins and Sister Barker; top right, Elder Kuru and Sister Leaupepe, lower right, Elder Li and lower left Sister Jorrakhe, Sister Purvis and Sister Troescher. Lower right and upper left, Elders Shum and Dietze, clockwise The Rohlfings, Sister Parker, Elders Chen, Salcedo and Liao!
We went Christmas caroling around the neighborhood with the senior couples. Took some cookies with us. It was interesting singing Silent Night with it being 90 degrees outside but that did not put a damper on the spirit of our singing. When we went to the Brdar family, some of them joined with us and we had a wonderful time. Top photo LtoR, Sisters Snell, Withington, Smith, Elder Withington, Sisters Rohlfing, Brdar, Valentina in her arms, Christian and Raphael in front, then Elder Reeves, Snell, Smith and Sister Reeves. A fun time was had by all.
We were surprised one day by some visitors that came to the office. She had been a sister missionary “a while ago” and in talking to them Sister Smith asked about their pasts and found out that he was from Draper. Then where did he live and she came running to the flat to tell me that my old neighbor was at the office…turns out to be Doug Carlquist who lived two houses down 12400 So. We had a wonderful conversation, he is retiring after having been in farming with Lynn his brother and now wants to go on a mission. Lynn is still farming with a son and doing well. It was a wonderful time to reminisce about Draper, thinning beats, playing basketball and bringing up old memories.
Elder Langi was a quiet giant. He seemed to be wondering if going home was such a good idea but made it on the plane anyway. Upper right he is with his companions, Elder Touma(l) and Elder Maliu(r). Another great one “bites the dust”!