We have had some very special missionary teaching and helping experiences here. Attached are a couple of the special ones. The first is the baptism of Tajuanna and Merwez Whaleboat. They are a set of identical twins who were taught the gospel and baptized in Innisfail. I had the wonderful experience to interview them for their baptism. They are both 17 years old and two of the most spiritually prepared young women I have ever met. They are already talking and preparing to serve missions of their own. We have a special place to baptize in Innisfail. It is in the middle of the rainforest between Cairns and Innisfail. They call it the "Waters of Mormon" and it is so beautiful and peaceful. Its a very, very sacred and a special place for those who have the opportunity to attend a baptism and especially for those who are baptized.
Below are pictures of Sister Boyce and I going into the dense forest towards the "Waters of Mormon". Also pictures of the beautiful little stream where the baptisms take place. The 3rd picture is of Merwez and Tajuanna.
Another wonderful event we had was the marriage and baptism of George and Lina Waianga. This is a beautiful family from Holloway's beach here in Cairn's. They have never been married (many people live like this over here, as it sometimes is too expensive to get married and also many see no need for it). We testified of the importance and the sanctity of the marriage vow and that they needed to be married before they could be baptized. We shared the possibilities of their Temple Marriage in a year and the knowledge that they can be with their families forever. President Gardner (our District President) married them on Friday the 12th of February and I had the opportunity of baptizing them on Saturday the 13th of February.
Here are pictures of the wedding and the cake (held at the Church) Sister Atu'ake and Sister Yeh who taught them. Two of the children were baptized previous to this.
We are also involved in a Missionary Preparation Class each Sunday evening at 6:00 for YSA and YM and YW who are16 and older. This a picture of last weeks class. We had about 20 YM and YW attend. It is incredible training for these future missionaries (Preach My Gospel)
Just outside of Cairns on the way to Innisfail and very close to our special baptismal font (The Waters of Mormon) is the Babinda Boulders. Beautiful area where a small river runs though and huge boulders are in the middle of the river. People love to swim and jump off the boulders.
Last Friday evening the Cairns 2nd Branch had a Cultural event where many of the diverse cultures with their food, customs, dances and music, were displayed, for all to enjoy. Cairns is a very diversified with many different cultures and people. (Torres Strait Islanders, Aborigine's, Polynesians, Maori's, Asians, and then there are the English Australians and New Zealanders) We love all these different cultures and we learn from each one of them.
We just experienced a Cairns District Conference last weekend. we enjoyed two days of teaching and learning from President and Sister Henderson. Amazing experiences and phenominal testimonies from new converts. Treasures galore!
Stressed strongly in our District Conference was the reading and studying of the Book of Mormon! Everyday! Everyday! Everyday!!
"The Spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.
The spirit of reverence will increase, mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow.
The spirit of contention will depart.
Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.
Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents.
The pure love of Christ will abound in our homes and lives!"
Thanks for listening!! We are having a great time! Enjoying every minute of it!
The weather is beautiful here in Cairns!
The weather is beautiful here in Cairns!
We miss you all and St. George. . . . . . well . .
However, we really miss our kids and especially our grandckids!
Elder and Sister Boyce