Members of the Church in Western Australia know the meaning of true commitment to the gospel cause.
David A. Robinson, president of the Port Headland Branch in the Australia Perth Mission, goes more than the extra mile as a home teacher. Each month, he travels 10 1/2 hours to a home teaching appointment, and another 10 1/2 hours back home. Although he must drive more than 500 miles each way to call on members in isolated areas, he has maintained a 100 percent record this year for visiting his home teaching families. Completing his home teaching rounds takes him the better part of two days and one night each month.Included on Pres. Robinson's home teaching route are Paul and Karen Spicer, who live 10 1/2 hours from the branch meetinghouse. Since they can't drive to the branch each week, they have permission to hold meetings at home. For months on end, their only contact with other members is their home teacher, who is also their branch president.
The Port Headland Branch, with 71 members, takes in a territory equal in area to the state of Utah.
Many drive one to two hours each week to attend meetings, and every adult member has an opportunity serve in several callings. Children participate in many ways, including giving talks at baptisms and older youth contribute to the branch in many worthwhile ways.
The Robinson family, consisting of parents David and Carolyn, and three children - Travis, 8; Jade, 7, and Jacob, 5 - drive 170 kilometers (105 miles) each way to meetings every Sunday. Self discipline and commitment play a big part in their Church activity.
Members in many parts of Western Australia yearn for close association with the Church and members. At the Sydney Australia Temple, a missionary commented that back home in the United States, she and her husband drove 5 1/2 hours to the temple. A bishop from Perth, Jeffrey Peate, and his wife, Katrina, heard the comment.
"I understand how excited you must be about having the temple so close," said Bishop Peate, who lives a continent away from the temple in Sydney. "We have driven for three days and three nights to reach the temple, and have brought our food with us to eliminate extra expenses. This is a yearly trip for us and is so worth while that we save our money to buy the fuel to make the trip."
The missionary asked the couple why they didn't travel by airplane to the temple. "Flying would cost us about $3,000; driving costs us only $500," said Bishop Peate.