Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our Wonderful Senior Couples

 We met in Levin for dinner. We love all of our hard working, awesome Senior Couples. They truly do support, love and inspire the other missionaries, fellowship and support members and serve where ever and whenever they are needed.
 We visited the Southland Car Museum. It's the most comprehensive privately owned collection of veteran and vintage cars in the southern hemisphere. They have Singer Cars and Singer Sewing Machines so there was something for everyone.
We are so excited to welcome Elder and Sister Turner to the mission. They are now serving in Westport (South Island). The Turner's were living in Colorado but have also lived in North Carolina, (Thus Sister Turner's southern accent)  Pennsylvania and New York. They will make great contributions to the work of the Lord.
We're also grateful to have Elder and Sister Shepherd serving in Featherston, Greytown and Masterton. This is an appropriate picture because Elder Shepherd owned and managed auto repair businesses before his current life as a missionary. He baptised his sweet wife as a young woman. They are from South Jordan, Utah. They have prepared their whole lives to serve faithfully.
 World class fishing for the missionaries who come back to visit after their missions.
 In almost every city in New Zealand, you will find a clock tower. This one is in Gore.
 This guy was just sitting and watching us. Anyone with a firearms licence and a permit can hunt deer on most public land at any time of the year.
 Our wonderful Elders in the Southlalnd Zone are so quick to clean up after lunch. I think this is why Elder and Sister Risenmay love to cook for them.
 Elder and Sister Burton, who are in charge of the medical care for all of the missionaries in the Pacific Region, were here visiting with some of our missionaries.
 It was hard to decide which was the better picture of everyone.
 This small sign marks the lane to the chapel in Queenstown. We visited this Branch with Elder and Sister Burton. All year long they get visitors from all around the world. On the day we were there members from Ireland, Oregon and Montana were visiting.

Elder Van Beek, Elder Ames and the Burton's with the Remarkables in the background.

For all of our missionaries:

Charity is especially important in missionary work.  It's influence, radiated by the missionary, helps to create within the investigator a desire to learn and softens his heart to the truth.  Charity can fill the missionary with an unquenchable desire to serve his fellowmen. Without it, as difficulties arise and proselyting seems unfruitful, he may lose interest and slacken his pace. But with Christlike love, the missionary will persevere through adversity because he becomes a caring and dutiful messenger of Christ. A Christlike love for others can purify a missionary's motives and consecrate his labor and true desire to share the gospel.

David B. Haight

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