Mt. Isa

Mt. Isa

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Week June 13


It was a pretty good week. We spent a good deal of time getting ready for preparing our investigator, Tia for the baptism and what not. We did the program and cleaned the chapel and font out. It was fun. The baptism went well, we had a great turn out for the baptism and it went great. Needless to say it was rather stressful to say the least but it was great in the end. Funny thing was the baptism was a 1 pm, we ended up getting there a little b/f 11 am and font wasn't finished filling until quarter to 1 pm. Needless to say the hot water only lasted 45 min. Then when it was all filled the water in the font had a green color to it even though the font's tile was lined in blue tile. lol. I took a couple of picture of it. It went forward all the same and we're happy. The support of the members up here is amazing and honestly without their fellowship this baptism wouldn't have happened. They have just taken Tia in and it really is amazing to see. Just can't explain it.

To answer your question a Maori is the name of the race of native New Zealanders that live there before the white man or other islanders started to migrate there. In Mt. Isa we have a good deal of Maori people and even within our branch a good deal of Maori's members. They have mean feeds and are very good to us. It’s great.

The word "Dodgy" is one of those words we say a lot over here, at least as missionaries. A dodgy missionary would be someone who is not very obedient, don’t do as he told or something like that. I guess it could think of as something that’s shady or just not very good. People can be dodgy, a place or an environment can be dodgy- dangerous or not safe or even objects that aren't really in harmony with out believes or call i guess. It’s hard to explain.

There are of course heap of kangaroos out here in the bush but we don’t see them at all since we basically never even leave the outskirts of town. My companion said that when he was driving up here on the bus they literally hit 10 to 15 kangaroos in the greyhound bus. The buses have big bull bars on them or "roo wrestlers" and when the driver see's on near the road he speeds up so that when it jumps across the road it hit the side of the roo wrestlers and bounces off, otherwise the full weight of the roo can really batter up the bus and they can even get caught under the wheels the driver don’t stop for them needless to say. When I go back down they'll prolly send me on the bus and I'll be able to tell you all about it. At least in Brisbane all the roo lived on the golf courses and there would be a pack just lying off the edge of the fairway. It’s really funny to see.

Other than that not much goin. We've heard a lot about the pacific plate moving and so we're waiting for another massive earthquake over here lol. Supposed to be a big one in Indonesia soon but we’ll see. Thanks for the emails, drive safe, love you heaps.

Elder Hatch

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pictures from the MTC

Brisbane Australia Mission


Salt Lake International

A Mailer from Kiefer

Kiefer recently send us this mailer with a disk containing pictures he has taken in the Mission Home, Brisbane and Mt. Isa. I'll be posting various picture as I get them organized. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Queen's Birthday

In all states and territories except Western Australia, Queen's Birthday is observed on the second Monday in June. Because Western Australia celebrates its Foundation Day on the first Monday in June, the Governor of Western Australia proclaims the day on which the state will observe the Queen's Birthday, based on school terms and the Perth Royal Show. There is no firm rule to determine this date before it is proclaimed, though it is typically the last Monday of September or the first Monday of October.

The day has been celebrated since 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip declared a holiday to mark the birthday of King George III. Until 1936 it was held on the actual birthday of the Monarch, but after the death of King George V it was decided to keep the date at mid-year.

On that day the "Queen's Birthday honours list" is released naming new members of the Order of Australia and other Australian honours. This occurs on the date observed in the Eastern States, not the date observed in Western Australia.

The Queen's Birthday weekend and Empire Day, 24 May, were long the traditional times for public fireworks displays in Australia. Although they still occur, the tradition has recently been overshadowed by larger New Year's Eve fireworks, as the sale of fireworks to the public was progressively banned by the states in the 1980s. The sale of fireworks in the Australian Capital Territory was also banned on 24 August 2009.

Week June 6

Hey family,

It’s great to hear from you the pictures are great the one with Colin, mum, and dad is a great picture. I really like that one. I got your package in the mail, thank you so much for it.
Elder Munyard’s birthday is coming up next week so I'll give him the Kool-Aid you sent up. He kind of like a Kool-Aid fiend...the senior couple thinks it’s even a little weird how much he like about it and even talks about it. It’s funny but a little sad all the same. He'll like that and he enjoyed the Twizzlers as well. I let him try a couple of those as well. Thanks so much for the care packages they mean a lot to me.

I can’t believe that your graduated now Colin!!!

GRATZ Bro! You’re lookin good lol. Hope it was a good time all the same. I can believe It’s been a full year, it’s unbelievable. Good on ya though. Grandma and Grandpa look good, it’s great that they could come down and be there for that (graduation). I wish I could have been there all the same. The graduation notices looked great and that was a good picture to go along with it all. Thanks for that.
Colin you have to let me know how uni is going and how you’re doing lol. Just b/c you go to uni doesn't mean you can drop off the radar lol. I want to hear what kind of crazy stuff you'll be doing lol. Yeah, defiantly though send me a note or two.

Anyways, I sent home a CD with all my pictures on it last Thursday. IDK if it will get to you before you leave for Arizona but hopefully you will. If not then you should get it when you get back if, of course, it hasn't been snapped or damaged along the way. I assume your leave the 14th so prolly not. Sorry. I should have sent it off earlier. I'll be sending another package hopefully in the next month or two with a couple of things that I've picked up here in Mt Isa that I want to keep but don’t want to have to carry around for the next while. I'll send home some Tim Tams and hopefully some other cool things.

On the home front here we're planning on having a Baptism this Saturday for a Maori (Mode-ee) girl that we've been teaching over the last couple of weeks. She's heaps keen and hasn't really had any concerns so I'm a little weary but we've made the commitments and ask the questions we needed to and she still keen so we're going for it. The Branch has been great and has really supported her so we're excited all the same. We have the clean the font because it hasn't been used in ages and there are dead roaches and other bugs that have found a grave in the font. In fact, the Branch keeps the extra tables in there as well...dodgy… lol. We're not so happy about that one. We're excited but we still have heaps to do to get ready for the big day. Hope all goes well and we're crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. In the meantime it’s been going about the same; heaps of finding and a good deal of biking. Luckily it’s been beautiful the last week.

Other than that not much else is going on. Next Monday is the Queen’s Birthday and it’s a public holiday which means a lot of drinking surely so we'll prolly be out on the streets that day and then we'll be taking P-day on Tuesday so I email a day later or so IDK maybe it will just be a normal week we'll see.

Thanks for the emails...sounds like it’s was a crazy week love you and wish I could be there to see you off to uni Colin. Have fun. Love you and drive safe.

Elder Hatch