Sunday, June 19, 2016

AT church Jake and Lilly like to look at our missionary plaque. I"m told he says, ' That's my grandma & grandpa on a mission. I love them. That just warms my heart. We pray that our grandchildren will not forget us and what we are doing in service for the Lord.

Look at Lilly's excited little face!

Our flight to Darwin. We were picked up by the Farrers and the elders that are in this picture: left to right: Elder Hobby, Elder Hamilton, Elder Wilkins, Wayne & I

With Elder & Sister Farrer (JoLyn & Rick) at the airport

Here's dad jumping with the crocodile!

On one of the beaches in Darwin.  Most all the beaches are unsafe with crocodiles. It's low tide so we could go out on the beach area. When high tide comes, there is no beach.  

Feeding the fish. We were sitting right next to the edge and this scenic boat throws out bread for the fish.  

This was right on the warf where we had dinner.  It was the most beautiful sunset and view sitting right on the water. The weather was perfect and we had dinner with the Farrers and the Beards ( they live in Darwin and use to to take care of the missionaries before the Farrers arrived. 

The beginnings of the 'Jumping Crocodiles'. We were on a boat with glass windows. This huge 17' croc came within a foot of where we were sitting on the boat.

Now he's jumping for the meat

This beach doesn't have crocs but it does have jelly fish that sting!

Same beach.  This boat was stuck on shore and must wait for the tide to come in to move.  We had dinner at a buffet just in the front there.  We watched a beautiful sunset and sat on the grass until that boat could start and float away. That was about 8:30pm. 

Beautiful sunset

Downtown Missionary Center celebration opening. We are so excited for this new location and center that President Parker has called us to do.

We will be working this center and working in the main office together until we get computers set up.  The missionaries are using the center to teach lessons since the Library kicked us out.  Someone complained about the missionaries using the library which we are allowed to do and have followed all the directions to do so.  We are grateful for a place to teach the gospel.

Sister Coultrup (front), Sister Siale and me

This shows one of 7 displays for the church.  Each one has a TV & iPad to play church video clips. This one is on the family.  It looks amazing. The picture just doesn't do it justice.  

Posting a wonderful memory when I (Melanie) was 9 yrs old. I was born of goodly parents and remembering my mother on Mothers Day

Eric & London on a fun motorcycle ride. What a good dad

Bryce & Jenny & Ava & Jackson with Grandma Bert on her 100th Birthday

Memorial Day that we missed this year. Eric & Whitney, Connor, Sierra, Easton, London.  How very proud we are of our children that are continuing our family tradition at Toquerville in memory of our grandparents and ancestors. We miss being there but we feel gratitude for our heritage.

Brandon, Jonathan, Megan, Papa at my mother's gravesite.

Our beautiful daughter,Jane & Kyle, Lilly and Jake outside of Summerlin Ward church bldg and all ready for church. 

Papa & Shauna

Lilly kissing grandma on FaceTime.. This just warms my heart.  

Dad & I went on a road trip to Berri. We spoke in the Berri Branch on Mothers Day. This was just a a stop on the drive.

This area is called  Riverland.  Rivers weave all around with trees just growing here and there.   

Can you see the possum?  There are friendly and are use to people feeding them.  This one looked up at me as if he was ready to jump on me - it was a little eary feeling, but cute

This is the little chapel where we spoke.  

Here is the outside.  It is a home that the church has turned into a chapel.

Here's our great Berri and Renmark elders. :  left to right:  Elder Glova, Elder Furhiman, Elder Larkin, Elder Johson, Elder Lapenmal