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The Australia Sydney North Mission includes parts of Sydney, the suburbs, and also much of the northern areas of New South Wales. Geographically, it is comparable to California. The mission office is located right next to the temple. Australia does not have an official language, though English is the main language. About 60% of Australia’s population is Christian, with the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches being the largest denominations. About 30% of the population does not practice any religion. Modern Australian culture has been greatly influenced by other English-speaking nations, particularly England as a result of early British colonization, though efforts have been made to preserve the Aboriginal culture as well. Immigration from other countries has turned Australia into a “melting pot” nation. Australian culture tends to be very informal, and ironic humor is a common theme. Loyalty to ones’ friends (“mates”) is considered an important part of the culture. The appeal of the Australian outback has influenced many art forms in the country, though other styles such as street art are popular in the cities. Popular sports in Australia include Australian-rules football, cricket, rugby, and basketball.
The Church has a wide variety in the covered areas of the mission. Near Sydney the wards are strong, with a good population of members, while out in the rural areas branches can be quite small. Being a missionary in Sydney is an amazing experience; the members absolutely love the missionaries and take good care of them. Because of the diversity in the area, the church is very multi-cultural. It is not uncommon to see Polynesians, Asians, Australians, and even Americans and Europeans once in a while. In the general population of the area, most people either do not know about the church or have misconceptions of it, so there is a lot of good work to be done by both members and missionaries alike.
Popular dishes include fish and chips, hamburgers, meat pie, sausage rolls, and pavlova (a meringue dessert). Kangaroo meat is also used in some recipes and is said to be very good. Vegemite, a dark brown paste made from leftover brewer’s yeast extract, is also a popular spread for toast, sandwiches, and pastry filling. The Polynesian prevalence in the area also contributes to foods like Green Banana, taro, chop suwi, coco Samoa, and raw fish. Typical American fast food restaurants such as KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King (called Hungry Jacks) are also available.
Most areas in the mission have cars but a few use only bikes. Public transportation, such as trains and busses, are also available for missionary use.
No real safety concerns exist exclusively to the mission. General caution and level-headedness should be applied, as it would be needed in any area.
Most places in Australia tend to close around 6 pm. The diversity of the population can also cause differences in culture and customs, particularly with Polynesian and Asian cultures.
English is the language most commonly used, but slang exists in all areas. A few of the most common are heaps (a lot), sweet as (cool), and flat (apartment or home).
Sun screen and a hat are absolutely essential, considering the high temperatures, as well as liquids to stay hydrated and bug spray to keep away friendly critters. The Sydney area is also prone to heavy rain during thei summer and fall, so an umbrella and a jacket would be quite useful.
756 Pennant Hills Rd
Carlingford NSW 2118
What items were hard to get or not available?
“Anything American. Reeses or any other American food.”
What did you eat the most of?
“Any type of meat”
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What is the craziest thing you ate?
What was most surprising about the culture
“Everything closing so early”
What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?
“Have an open mind about culture and companions”
What do you wish you had known before you served?
“What type of companions I would have and what having one would be like.”