Great things are happening in Alice! We got FOUR additional missionaries, putting the grand total at twelve. You are probably wondering why. First we had already gotten the sister missionaries to help with the project and now 2 missionaries, Elder Edgar and Elder Robbins are reopening Tennant Creek, a largely aboriginal community of about 5,000 people that once had hundreds of members. Along with Elder Robbins came Elders Porter, Bakewell, and Harding. With this increase in Alice Springs, much more time can be devoted to the out bush areas without neglecting Alice Springs.
President and Sister Marriott, and their daughter, Sister Stein, and her husband, had all the missionaries to the chapel for a pancake supper. I’m not really a pancake fan, but these were from a New Zealand recipe with a wide choice of toppings: fresh strawberries, fruit, jam, real maple syrup, whipped cream, ice cream, or sugar and lemon juice. It was quite a delicious meal, only to be topped by Presidents Marriott’s inspired message to us afterwards and a moving testimony meeting. We all feel very honored and blessed to be here, doing what we are doing, at this time.