Pioneer Day

28 July 2015

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Sister Stevens, our Relief Society president.

Sister Stevens, our Relief Society president.

I got to celebrate Pioneer Day the 24th of July with the Mortdale ward Relief Society because I was asked to play Come, Come Ye Saints in their evening meeting. My accompanist, Sarah is doing her practicum as a physio (physical) therapist quite far away, so we just practiced a little the Sunday before and right before the meeting Friday night. She found a nice free arrangement on the Internet. I told the sisters that William Clayton wrote the lyrics because of the joy he felt learning he had a healthy new son. He was part of the first company with Brigham Young. His wife stayed behind for her own health. Our performance went well. I have been so blessed to not feel afraid while playing here in Australia.

Many of the sisters dressed up a little like pioneers and wore bonnets Sister Dillon had made. Sister Tolman is also busy making bonnets and aprons for the Stake Youth Trek in September. She brought the mission sewing machine to the office and sewed several one morning. Several Elders were so interested in watching her sew. She is the Mission alterations specialist!

Sister Tolman sewing in the office.

Sister Tolman sewing in the office.

We all want more time to visit and talk with each other.

We all want more time to visit and talk with each other.

They insisted I get in the picture.

They insisted we all get in the picture.

Sarah has braids. She was just married in February.

Sarah is wearing the red shawl and has braids. She was just married in February.

It could easily have been in Utah if it weren’t for the ladies’ accents! There was a nice display on the table. We each wore nametags of some sisters in the handcart companies with their stories on the back. Several stood and read their pioneer’s story. Some did not survive, but many sisters lived full and satisfying lives despite the hardships trekking to Utah.

Then we enjoyed 2 mini workshops: Sister Dillon taught how to make puff pastry and Sister Murrin (our Stake Relief Society president), gave ideas for starting a cottage business. The pastry baked while we discussed running our own business, then we all got several samples. I liked the mini quiche and the apple turnover best. Elder Kinghorn was happy I brought him home a turnover!

Monday night, Dave discovered the Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Concert on YouTube. So we had our own little Pioneer Day celebration, enjoying the entire concert right here in our flat.

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