Thursday, September 22, 2011

Our Beautiful Mission

Elder Lekias, Elder Niutua, Elder Bonnefoy-Jenkinson and Elder Purcell taking care of business at the mission office.
 Hollywood has nothing on us.
 Elder DeGraw and Elder Kitekeiaho return home.
 President Kezerian with Elder and Sister Meurs at the Dunedin District Conference.
When we arrived at the Queenstown Airport Elder Flakemore and Elder Tago were there to meet us. The beauty of the area was amazing
 The Remarkables, a mountain range in Otago located on the southern shore of Lake Wakatipu, allegedly received their name because they are one of the two mountain ranges in the world that run directly north to south.
 An alternate explanation for the name given by locals is that early Queenstown settlers, upon seeing the mountain range during sunset one evening, named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.
 Now this is finding at it's best. President Kezerian enjoys this kind of missionary work.
The Elders have an amazing view of the area from their flat. We may need to change the location of the mission home.

New Arrivals

 Sister Tito, Sister Cameron and Sister Itaia became best of friends in the Auckland MTC.
 Sister Tito, Elder Kaufusi and Elder Aiono
 Relaxing in the mission home.

 Elder Kaumavae arrived a day later than everyone else since he came from the MTC in Provo where he learned to speak English beautifully in only 3 weeks. This really is the work of the Lord.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Dunedin

 One more picture from Elder and Sister Watson's visit.
 In Dunedin they even have a street sign pointing the way to our chapel. We were so impressed. We wondered how the missionaries arranged for that one.
 Sister Hemi out shoots everyone.
 Elder Skewes and Elder Rollins helping out Sister Risenmay after the wonderful meal she and Elder Risenmay prepared.

 Elder Risenmay, Elder Palsky, Elder Nelson, Elder Finau and Elder Rollins.
 Elder DeGraw first to jump in and clean up.
 The Christchurch Zone after a big meal.
Elder Segi, Elder Haiane, Elder Kim and Elder Palupe all have amazing voices. We need to get them recorded.
 When we were at the last Southland Zone Conference Elder Nelson (The Utah Fan) was wearing a red tie. I teased him that I was going to get him a blue tie. When we arrived for interviews with the Southland Zone this month and entered the Chapel we noticed all the Elders and Sisters were wearing red. Amazingly I was even wearing red and I wasn't even in on it. Only President Kezerian didn't have any red on so Elder Nelson kindly brought him a red tie to wear so he wouldn't feel out of place.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Elder and Sister F. Michael Watson Tour Wellington New Zealand Mission

Palmerston North Zone Conference with Elder and Sister Watson. Elder F Michael Watson, one of our General Authorities, member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the Pacific Area Presidency toured throughout most of our mission.
These wonderful sisters provided an awesome meal for all the missionaries.
Elder Hussein, Elder Florian and Elder Christensen enjoying the meal.
Hawke's Bay Zone Conference.
Elder Windhausen shares his musical talents
All of these good sisters were working all day to feed the missionaries. We appreciate them all
Hutt Valley Zone.
Wellington Zone
Couples and Sisters serving in Wellington and Hutt Zones with Elder and Sister Watson and President and Sister Kezerian.
Elder Niutua, Elder Fifita, Elder Teaupa, Elder Lu, Elder Palupe, Elder Hori, Elder Rowell, and Elder Purcell.
Elder Kim, Sister Taabua, Sister Bwebwetara, Sister Melota, Sister Fafai, Elder Haiane, Elder Flakemore, and Elder Barnes
Elder Bonnefoy-Jenkinson, Elder Lammi, Elder Finlinson, Sister Pulu, Elder Ditchburn, Sister Ditchburn, Sister McVey, Elder McVey.
More great support from the wards for the missionaries.
Looking out at the bay from the Hutt Valley.

In each Zone Elder and Sister Watson took all of the Senior Couples and Senior Missionaries out to dinner.
Nelson Zone Conference.
Many missionaries had the opportunity to interview with and visit with Elder Watson.
At the Nelson District Conference everyone sang to Elder and Sister Watson as they celebrated their 46th Wedding Aniversary.
One kind sister even made an anniversary cake filled with ice cream to celebrate the occasion.
Beautiful sites in New Zealand.

We all appreciated the opportunity to receive instruction from Elder and Sister Watson before they continued onto another assignment. Previous to their assignment to the Pacific Area Presidency they served three years in the Area Presidency in Africa. Elder Watson took the following pictures during our tour.