"And all will gain the companionship of the Spirit as they persist in keeping their commitments with God. In the Master's service, you will come to know and love Him. You will, if you persevere in prayer and faithful service, begin to sense that the Holy Ghost has become a companion. Many of us have for a period given such service and felt that companionship. If you think back on that time, you will remember that there were changes in you. The temptation to do evil seemed to lessen. The desire to do good increased. Those who knew you best and loved you may have said, "you have become more kind, more patient. You don't seem to be the same person." You weren't the same person because the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. And the promise is real that we can become new, changed, and better. And we can become stronger for the tests of life. We then go in the strength of the Lord, a strength developed in His service. He goes with us. And in time we become His tested and strengthened disciples."
-President Henry B. Eyring-
Welcome to Elder and Sister Christensen from San Felipe, Mexico. Elder Christensen served his first mission as a young man in New Zealand, then he served as Mission President in Uganda and now they are serving in the Hawke's Bay Zone.
Palmerston North Zone. The ladies in the ward had this wonderful lunch prepared and already dished up. What service!
Elder Lawson in a deep conversation with the Beckstead's
Elder Ma'asi, Elder Alofipo, Elder Sun and Elder Fahina.
More role plays.
Everything was cleaned up and the missionaries were on their way back to their areas in record time!
Cannons Creekfest. All the missionaries in the Wellington Zone participated in setting up and taking down the main stage, driving the golf carts for those in need of transportation and talking to everyone about the gospel.
Elder Teaupa and Elder Vagaia.
Wow! That was a lot of work!
Elder Vagaia and Elder Cottle at our booth at the Creekfest in Porirua.
The Creekfest is the annual Health Festival held in the heart of Cannons Creek Porirua in March each year. This is the first year we have had a booth there. They have live stage entertainment performed by local and national artists which draws a big crowd. Sport competitions by participating schools are promoting healthy action and encourage participation.
It was a great day for all the missionaries to contact many people.
Sister Ramirez, Sister Nielsen, Sister Tukuafu, Sister Fitisemanu, and Sister Glenn at the Wellington Airport. Sister Nielsen from Santa Clara, Utah and Sister Tukuafu from Gilbert, Arizona just arrived after their training at the Auckland MTC.
Orientation and dinner at the mission home.
Sister Tukuafu, Sister Alcock (from Victoria, BC, Canada, she was on visa delay and temporarily served in Montana) Sister and President Kezerian, Elder Dean (from Mississippi - temporarily served in Tennessee.) Assistants - Elder Heinricks and Elder Greer.
Welcome Elder Christensen from Cedar Hills, Utah.
Elder and Sister Stucki from Highland Utah, have been called to serve as Family History - Records Preservation Missionaries who will be serving in the Wellington Achieves.