Mt. Isa

Mt. Isa

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week May 16th


It’s good to hear from you, it sounds like things are going well. Today I've finished copying all of the pictures I've taken over the last 6 months to a CD-R. I hopefully will get that sent out later today or tomorrow with this or that included with it. I'll send some Aussie biscuits and hopefully some other things.

Things are going well here. Last Saturday we had a Branch building clean-up activity which, as you know, I really enjoyed. The Meeting House/Chapel is built into the side of a hill and it has a drainage ditch that catches water run-off from the hill. Over time it gets filled with dirt and so we were shoveling the dirt out of the ditch which was a really good time. I got to work with the funeral home director. He has had a colorful past and among many things, has really gotten into finance. I had him tell me about managing finances, saving, stocks and what not. It was really interesting. That’s going to be one of my goal when I get learn more about saving and handling my finances. Good stuff though and a lot of fun.

It is tourist season, as the locals say, and there are lot of new people moving into town so it’s not really the best time to be looking for new places. It'll probably be a while until they find the place that they (the Mission office) wants (new flat for missionaries). I'll let you know if things change. I told you a little bit about the seniors (missionary couple) but in regard to their work they, sadly, don't have much to do. We've given them a couple of people to try to see but most of the time those people just don't want contact and will cancel appointments. It’s sad I don't know how it is in other missions but it kind of sounds like a temple mission would keep them busier but IDK. It is a difficult situation. It’s good though to have them here just to have a solid priesthood holder and member of the branch Presidency.

To keep ourselves entertained we're doing several things over the course of the next couple of weeks. Elder Munyard wants to learn how to throw a Gridiron ball (Aussie)= Football (American) so we're going to get one today and then throw it in the mornings for exercise. He can run so it has made exercise harder.

We're killing roaches, cane toads and monster roaches and tallying them, again this transfer Last transfer we killed 100 roaches combined and about 15 cane toads.

Finally we're starting to barbecue regularly and we'll be sampling the famous Bunderburg fizzy drinks as a complement to our grilled/burnt meals. Our goal is to go through 50 fizzies in the next 6 weeks. Needless to say, we might be putting on some kilo's.

Other than that not much else going on. We are teaching less but hopefully we'll be finding some new people this week and have some more lessons. It'll be good though. Thanks for everything and for the emails. I really appreciate them. Love you and good luck this coming week.

Elder Hatch

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