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Service, entertainment in Australia's outback

LOGAN, Australia — Forty-four youth and eight leaders from the Logan Australia Stake went on a 10-day tour of Central Queensland to provide service in the towns where there are branches of the Church. The tour gave the youth an opportunity to experience the outback, to learn about Australia's heritage, and to understand the challenges faced by Church members and others who live in outback towns.

As well as providing service in each of the towns, the students performed a variety show that included music and dancing from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Tahiti. The towns visited included Charleville, Augathella, Barcaldine, Aramac, Emerald, Longreach, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

"For me, the testimony meeting was the highlight," Illya Konstadaylo, one of the youth, said. "It was so spiritual. I also enjoyed the service projects, which included cleaning the caravan parks where we stayed, cleaning a beach, gardening in a school yard and performing our show at a hospital."