We arrived in Brisbane Wednesday, August 27 and were welcomed by President and Sister Henderson who took us to the temple during our first week. We were assigned to the Coomera Zone, the Cleveland Zone and the Gold Coast Zone. Elder Madsen will also be assisting with medical concerns in the mission.
On Thursday night the senior couples surprised President Henderson for his birthday. Everyone brought Mexican food and we had a wonderful evening. It is amazing what wonderful work these missionaries are doing in Australia.
Our auto is a new Toyota Corolla - Elder Madsen's favorite color. Driving with the steering wheel on the right side of the car and riding on the left side of the road adds new experiences daily. We drove about 800 kilometers in less than a week, most recently to Brisbane where we spent 5 hours in the ER with an elder who had a kidney stone.
We live south of Brisbane in the community of Upper Coomera in a lovely flat in a gated complex. The members and missionaries have been so helpful and friendly. We already love it!
Here is a picture looking into our flat. We are ready to have guests for dinner appointments.
We attended two zone meetings this week. The missionaries taught inspiring lessons to increase the motivation to do the work of Hastening. It is apparent that there are great young men and sisters that have great leadership ability. President Henderson spoke on a mission wide conference call last Thursday to encourage us all to be more diligent.
In our first week here we witnessed two baptismal services in our zones. There are more, but we can not attend all of them because of time and travel. We are meeting more elders and sisters each day and feel of their great spirits and desires to do good.