Tuesday, April 27, 2010

4/26/10 LETTER

Hi All,

Yes. This past P-Day. We went to a wildlife sanctuary, and there, the heavens were opened. Koalas! Tazmanian devils! Wombats! Dingos! Aborigines! And yes, I even cuddled with a herd of kangaroos. I want to attach pictures, but I'm dumb and I don't know how to do G-Mail?

Jackson and Javon got baptized on the 24th, and watching them receive the Holy Ghost on Sunday, I am reminded of how amazing it is that our Heavenly Father has offered us the companionship of his Spirit. 2 Nephi 32:5: ...if ye will enter in by the way and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do. All things!

Yesterday was a public holiday: ANZAC DAY! It felt a little bit too right singing the Australian national anthem during sacrament meeting...oh Australia Fair.

I really want to hear about everyone's plans for the summer, and for after graduation. I can't believe it's that time again.

Sister Liang

Monday, April 19, 2010

4/19/10 LETTER

Hi all,

I gave a talk this Sunday on charity. My ward's half Polynesian, half Australian. A lot of people from New Zealand. A lot of kissing on the cheek every Sunday. They are so wonderful.

We are teaching a lady right now who is my kindred spirit, me, if I had been a Maori (New Zealander) teenage mom with 6 kids and a bad coffee habit. Our 80 year old friend Llew attended General Conferennce, and had this to say: "It's just, do you think they realize what sort of expressions they're making when they sing?" Oh Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

So my trainer has warned me of impending doom: I'll probably take over this area of Helensvale. Me, who still occasionally forgets what's going on and drives on the right side of the road (Meaning, the wrong side of the road).

Yay Jess has a baby! I''m so happy! Your letter will be coming in like a week girlfriend! I love you and James, and I love being Jackson's godfather.

I feel so lucky to be serving here. Today, as I was preparing for a family home evening lesson with a 20 year old investigator about Lehi's vision of the tree of life, I was just struck by verses 11 and 12 of 1 Nephi 8. The purest manifestation of God's love is the Atonement, and that is the fruit that we can partake - the fruit that is sweeter than anything on this earth. The Atonement is what changes people, and changes lives. I'm so happy that I can spread the word.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4/14/10 Letter

Hi All !

This week has been discouraging. Investigators ditch out on lessons.
Members ditch out on lessons. Tropical birds wake you up in the middle of the night. And really, what are the chances that I swallow a bug while biking, twice. In one night. What sort of stars in the universe had to align for that to happen! But the work goes on.

We got to go to the Brisbane temple today, which was so nice.

Thought on General Conference: Elder Holland's talk! Talk about a call to repentance! Let's stand up for the right, and yeah, for love! Give no more place for the enemy of your soul, and let the face of Christ replace it.

And random Australian moment of the week: There is a free petting zoo set up in the middle of the mall right now. What?

Sister Liang

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4/5/2010 letter

Happy Easter! Did anyone have a nice Easter brunch?

So we've got two baptisms on the 24th! How nice!

Guess who started driving in Australia this week? The left side of the
road is so strange, but it's fun. We have a nice little white Camry.
That means that in a week, we get to do every form of transportation:
biking, driving, train, bus, walking, and yeah, running.

The President has us do two hours of door-knocking a day. We love it,
so many aged people who've never worn sunscreen coming to the door in
their underwear, and I would like any tips that you've seen work. Any

I was just thinking about how very strange missionary life is: You get
up at the exact same time every morning. You share a cell phone with
another person. You never eat dinner at your own house. You leave your
house at 10 in the morning, and you don't see it again until 9 that
night. You ask strangers probing personal questions, and even weirder,
they answer those questions. What!

CINDY: What is your address? Listen up. I want to write you. Okay.