"We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty, and we encourage all young men who are worthy and physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries and we welcome their service."
-President Thomas S. Monson
Our first intake ever where the Sisters outnumber the Elders. Thanks for answering the call Sisters!
Breakfast in the mission home.
Taking the Sisters out for their first day of proselyting (and Elder Adams)
Having all the Sisters around makes President Kezerian feel like we are at home with our five daughters!
You have to admire our Elders for helping out in the kitchen.
Elder Greer and Elder Van Beek kicked everyone out of the kitchen and took over dishwashing. They have learned some valuable skills.
By including our three assistants this picture looks a little more balanced. Back:Elder Petaia (Assistant) Elder Howard (Assistant), Elder Adams (West Point, Utah, USA) Sister Patterson (Alpine, Utah, USA), Sister Watene-Zelezniak (Sydney, Australia), Sister and President Kezerian, Elder Greer(Assistant) Front: Sister Hough (Kettering, United Kingdom), Sister Puletua (Apia, Samoa), and Sister Hann (Dundee, Scotland).
Returning with honor: Elder Teaupa, Elder Kaumavae and Sister Holladay. Thank you missionaries!
Also returning home, Elder and Sister Chesley. We love the Senior Couples!
Napier District - Elder Bender, Elder Smith (Hawke's Bay Zone Leaders) Elder Dorius, Elder Tuckett, Sister Kezerian, Sister Patterson and Sister Nowers.
Flaxmere District - Elder Crawford, Elder Kerr, Elder Lawrence, Sister Toutai and Sister Kirifi.
Hastings District - Elder Nelson, Elder Hilliman, Elder Dalit, Elder Evans, Elder Taelega, Elder Nevitt, Elder Kavea and Elder Palmer.