April General Conference

IMG_0518We had the missionaries at the chapel for general conference and some in our home as they missed the Saturday sessions..  Top picture of missionaries plus Brother Seve from the bishopric in the middle.  Lower left, Sister Smith with Sisters from the ward.  LtoR: Sister Lei, Fereti, Smith and Seve.   A wonderful weekend.

Visitors for Easter!

IMG_0498We love this family and have adopted them as our own!  They have been a great cure for homesickness for our children and grandchildren.  Some of the highlights of their visit:  The special Croatian Breakfast they lovingly prepared Easter morning before we all went to church, coloring Easter eggs, playing games, The Easter egg hunt, the River trip and Gem shop, The Sabbath meal as the Savior may have eaten: bread, nuts, meat, fruit, the blending of our two favorite families (over the fence and in the yard, and the late night visit.  Such a beautiful memory!

Mildura Ward Sport Night!!

IMG_0497Beautiful weather! Samoan picker volley ball, Tongan picker basketball, Cricket for the families –  the Tu’imoala’s and the Young/O’Neal families were well represented!  And of course visiting, watching, and sitting on the porch was also a favorite – especially for Sister Smith

Pictures top Left – L-R Sister Manukau, Emily Young, Sister Auatabu – Right L-R Connor Young, Elder Smith


Sisters Manukau & Auatabu teach the Young/O’Neal Family!

IMG_0495We just love this happy family.  Our wonderful missionaries – Sister Manukau & Auatabu teach what the Savior would teach if He were here – all about Heavenly Father’s Plan for them.  Romana smiles because she feels the joy of the spirit of the Lord, the children draw pictures, Sister Treffene testifies, and we all feel edified.

Pictured – front is Jackson, middle L-R Sister Smith, Memphis, Andrew holding Diesel, Emily, back row L-R Connor, Elder Smith, Sister Auatabu, Sister Manukau, Sister Treffene, and Romana.

Zone Conference – we mean Boot Camp! 9am-9pm+

IMG_0437Top – Our Mildura Zone pictures with special guests, Elder and Sister Johnson, brand new Senior Couple! Conference Highlights! Bottom left – the Tongan and Samoan Picker Elders singing “Ye Elders of Israel” in English/Tongan/Samoan- Beautiful!! L-R Elders Bryner, Fangaiuiha, Fala, Maliu, Shortland, and Siaosi.  Birthday gifts & tributes for Elders Bryner, Shortland, and Siaw by Sister Parker and companions.


Relief Society Birthday Celebration!

IMG_0423.JPGBeautiful cake made by talented Sister Pioch – Remembrances of our faithful pioneer sisters whose examples of love and service we celebrate and try to follow.  Joyful music and beautiful dancing.  (Month behind on our posts – getting caught up – loving this busy opportunity to be missionaries and serve the Lord)