The "water logged" cornea is doing better. At least he can now read the chart. When it first began he could not even see the "E" that is on the top row. Now he can read down a few rows but we are hoping for more improvement. The doctor put him on the steroid drop, Lotomax, which seemed to give some pretty quick results. But then because he had to use it 4x per day, he ran out of Lotomax and that is not available to us here in Australia. It has something to do with socialized medicine and only Australian citizens can have access. The doctor put him on a comparable but not as effective steroid drop until we can get a renewal prescription from the US which we hope will be here next week.
The doctor was surprised to see the improvement. He said some people do not get over a "water logged" cornea. So, we are grateful for the Priesthood Blessing which Elder Jenkins received through our friends here. We know that Priesthood blessings make a difference as the Lord blesses us.
The sunsets and moonsets are still beautiful here! But often we do not have the chance to see them because we are busy during that time of day.
Sometimes there are actually pockets of time with nothing demanding my attention so I have begun to clean up and sync my family history data base, Ancestral Quest, with Family Search. It makes me happy because I miss working with my family history which has been a huge part of my life for over 30 years.
We are trying to eat better, less meat, more veggies, etc to see if we can improve our quality of life. And that can be a challenge when we are often so busy and too tired to fix anything when we get home. But we are trying and little changes will eventually have good results.
Saturday we had another Senior Missionary activity. We drove a couple of hours south to see the Kiama Blowhole which would not cooperate with my camera and give me a really big spout to photograph. But being near the ocean is always a treat for me! Then heading back north we drove to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple. Apparently it is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and is not to be missed.
It is very beautiful and a tranquil part of the world. The architecture and appointments are truly amazing. I took way too many pictures but that is the only way to explain what we saw. I did not see the sign forbidding pictures in front of one of the main buildings so I took a few while looking inside through the doorway of the 5 huge Buddhas, the beautiful ceiling tiles and the amazing wall features. Then I discovered the sign that said I could not take photos there. So, out of respect I am not including those photos. But there are plenty of others.
I have thought a lot about the Buddhist people, at this temple and also when we were visiting some of the Buddhist temples in Tokyo. The Buddhist people from all I am able to ascertain are such good people who believe in living by lofty principles. I have friends and acquaintances who are Buddhist and find them to be people of high moral standards. Yet I am so sad that they do not know Christ. They do not know about the Plan of Salvation nor that their families can be together forever because of Jesus Christ. They do not know He is their Savior. It just makes me so sad and I wonder if they would not want to be together with their families if they only knew it was possible.
I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ who has taken upon Himself our sins, imperfections and burdens and has provided the way for us to return to our Father in Heaven by paying the price for us. I just wish there was a better way to help all people come to know these truths. Knowing Jesus Christ and understanding what He has done for us and then following Him is the only way to have true happiness.
Always when we are out and about Elder Jenkins and I come across people who we have never met and somehow the Spirit lets us know that this particular person, or this particular family need to be given a "pass along" card that will help them learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the blessings available to them because of our Savior. It is a great privilege to have the Spirit work with us and to lead us to share this important opportunity with those specific people. We never give the cards to random people, only to those to whom we have been directed.
There are so many pictures this time and I think I will just post the pictures and make comments as sort of a photo journal. Then you can better understand some of the beautiful things we come across. [Actually there are probably WAY too many photos. But...]
|There is something amazingly beautiful in watching a full moon |
setting in the early morning.
|Lots of irises blooming on our campus right now.|
|Saw this at the back of a church parking lot. Are they papayas?|
|Seen on the way to Kiama.|
|A very poor showing of the water spout at the |
Kiama Blowhole. I think it waited to give a full show
until my back was turned!
|Love the ocean and the surf!! At Kiama.|
|Elder Jenkins checking it all out.|
|Lighthouse at Kiama|
|A pretty view - Kiama|
|Love these trees!!|
|Some of these trees are just plain awesome!!|
|The Entrance Gate.|
|A happy Buddha near the entrance.|
|More little Buddhas.|
|Roof line and lantern.|
|On the path to the temple.|
|Another roof line.|
|Stairs up to the temple. A lift is available|
but there is too much to miss, so we walked up.
|Beautiful detail found on the white railings.|
|Roof detail - fascinating!|
|Seemed to be exercise time. Several were in gray uniforms seen in|
back. Others were in street clothes. Those in gray went off to classes.
|More roof detail.|
|Elder Jenkins checking out the cool bell.|
|Another roof view.|
|Large drum. The under side had a small sign that said |
"please do not touch" just at the spot where one would have touched it.
|Used incense holder.|
|The mirror wall of the museum.|
|Courtyard on a cloudy day.|
|Beautiful red lilies?|
|So this Buddha is far too serene with snakes lurking about. |
Thankfully we did not see any!!!!
|The detail is amazing! Sadly, not well shown in the photo.|
|A hillside of Buddhas.|
|The Golden Buddha viewed from the pagoda.|
|In front of the Pagoda|
|Loved these trees.|
|Such a beautiful arch.|
|This is a weird angle for this picture but it was so amazing to see this |
right next to the sidewalk.
|Beautiful graceful view.|
|Just like this peaking through the greenery.|
This next bunch of photos are from our trip to see the eye doctor in Sydney. It was such beautiful day - partly cloudy with a gentle breeze and a great day to take photos.
|Elder Jenkins as we waited for our lunch to be served. |
The Parliament House if behind.
|We decided to check out the Parliament House. |
We have seen it before and have seen a couple of
demonstrations out in front of these gates.
But this day we decided to actually see the building.
|The lovely chamber with padded leather seats and amazing chairs.|
|We found this remarkable indoor fountain!! It is encased |
in glass.Someone went inside to take pictures
The security guards got rather excited and made them
get out immediately.
|This beautiful church is dwarfed by the |
|Check out the architecture!|
|The entrance/exit door to the Parliament House.|
|A view of Macquarie Street.|
|Detail of Sydney Hospital. It is an old building, now being restored.|
|A small building in front of the Sydney Hospital.|
|The flowers are beginning to fill in. I remember walking by |
when the landscapers were just planting the boxes.
|The beautiful weather brought throngs of people to the park|
|The fountain is always a hit!|
|Many tourists take picture here.|
|St Mary's is right across the street from Hyde Park.|
|More tourists taking more pictures.|
|And then there was the bride and groom on their way to the photo shoot. |
We should have tagged along.
|The Barracks Museum which we hope to check out when |
our family comes.
|Just another shot from the park|
|And looking back onto the park|
|Lots of transport bringing all the tourists.|
|Waiting for the light to change with an old tattooed man |
riding his bike and a younger woman doing her running.
|New buildings peeking out behind the old.|
|Still on Macquarie Street.|
|Australian Federal Police car. Very bright!|
|Apparently a parking lot for motorbikes and motorcycles. |
A few minutes later we saw a woman who was at least in
her 70's riding off on her motorbike.
|The police cars all seem to have the blue and white |
checker board design. This kind is more common around here.
|I love the plants up the wall. Imagine how beautiful |
they will be in a few weeks!
|And a Jacaranda Tree with its purple blooms. |
There are some in front of the Temple
which I hope to photograph when they
are in full bloom.
And if you made through all of these. Thank you!!!