Monday, December 26, 2016

Friday, 23 Dec 2016

My how time flies when you are having fun or on a mission.  It is Friday already and I am not sure what happened to the other days this week.

Monday -  I am not sure what we did in the morning and afternoon, but it came & went.  Around 6 pm
we both went out to the Mission home with one of the ladies that Margaret is working with on her English.  She is from Iran and is Muslim, but has an interest in learning more about Christianity.  Margaret is learning how the Muslims revere Jesus and Mary - it is all quite interesting and enlightening.  We have a whole lot more in common than one would expect. They (Margaret & her friend) took about 1 1/2 hours to view the 33 paintings of the Saviour's life in the Christmas display. Then off to the video of the life of Christ and then look at the Nativity.  We got back home around 11:30 pm.  A long, but fruitful, day.

Margaret explaining Joseph Smith's vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to her friend from Iran

Tuesday -  Mike went grocery shopping with one of the SA that needs some help from the Church.  He also needs to be taught how to cook his own food.  One of the Elders has written some instructions and gave him the web site for  Chinese cooking lessons.  He will not starve.
Then the rest of the day was working with others on English and Bishopric meeting in the evening.

Wednesday - We took a train to the Blue Mountains with the Lems and 8 of the YSA.  We went out to see the Three Sisters and the Katoomba falls.  It was a nice tourist day with sunshine and cool temperatures.  We had a picnic lunch and enjoyed the views.  We also did a fair amount of walking.

Friday - We went back to St Mary of the Cross and watched the light show with our friend, Rhonda Crosbie.   I took videos of the Nut Cracker and Madonna & Child - see the videos on Mike's FB page

Starting our train trip to Katoomba from Central Station with the Lems and some of the YSA

Arrived at Katoomba 2 hours after leaving Central station

Katoomba station

The Three Sisters - the 3 large pieces of rock in center of the picture

A closer look at the Three Sisters.  

Panorama of the Three Sisters (left) and the valley they look over.  It is a Grand Canyon with lots of green

The Three Sisters and the 3 sisters (Lems, Haley, Gabby Xing

The Leura bird.  More on this when I get the story from Margaret

Crossing the bridge over to one of the Three Sisters

Looking out into the valley from one of the Three Sisters

The sheer drop along the edge of the mountain near the Three Sisters

Mike & Margaret posing (per instructions from one of the YSA) on the edge of the cliff (above)

Katoomba water cascade, not Katoomba Falls

Katoomba water cascade.  On a hot day this sure looked inviting

On the train on the way home - we are all "dead"
Mike (squinting to do a selfie), Margaret and Rhonda Crosbie at St Mary of the Cross

St Mary of the Cross - beginning of the light show

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