"Missionaries in their late teens or early 20's are young in ways of the world. But they are blessed with gifts - such as the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of God, and testimonies of the truth - that make them powerful ambassadors of the Lord. They share the good news of the gospel that will bring true joy and everlasting happiness to all who heed their message. And in many instances they do so in a country and a language foreign to them."
-Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles-
We wish all of New Zealand would heed Elder Nelson's counsel to "Ask the Missionaries". We have wonderful powerful teachers who are willing and able to share the gospel. Here are our Zone Leaders and Assistants. Back: Elder Greer, Elder Dalit, Elder Taelega, Elder Leendertz, Elder Florian, Elder Lu, Elder Key, Elder Neill, Elder Vaioleti, Elder Petaia and Elder Strasser. Front: Elder Barnes, President and Sister Kezerian, Elder Heinricks and Elder Hemi.
At our Dunedin District Interviews the sisters in the Branch provided a delicious meal and the missionaries sang a thank you.
The long wait for Elder and Sister Webb is over! This wonderful couple are here serving their second mission after serving as an office couple in Japan two years ago. Practically every missionary in the district had a need for Elder and Sister Webb. They are in demand already.
Elder Lelenoa, Elder Fahina, Sister Ramirez and Sister Temakau.
Our first trip on the ferry!
The Southland Zone was in need of another car so we set off on the long journey across the Cook Strait from the Wellington Harbour to Picton on the Interislander.
It was a beautiful 3 1/2 hour ride..
If you click on this link and zoom in near Wellington Harbour you can see the route of the ferry.
Picton from a distance.
As we were driving down the East coast right on the side of the road was the Ohau Point Seal Colony. There were hundreds of New Zealand Fur Seals. The Maori know these seals by kekeno. They are legally protected now and their population is estimated to be over 100,000.
There were also some very cool looking birds that we haven't identified yet.
The Christchurch Stake organized a Mission Preparation Camp for all of the perspective missionaries on the South Island. President Kezerian and I were asked to participate and teach during their 3 day experience.
The camp was held at Livings Springs which is located just 20 minutes outside of Christchurch.
It seems like everywhere in New Zealand is beautiful but this was spectacular.
Another way of saying "speed bumps"
By the time we were finished speaking in the evening session it was getting late but the view of the city across the bay and the full moon still caught our attention.