Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moving Forward

Elder Holland gave the missionaries this formula by which they can know they are measuring up to the Lord's expectations:
"Seek to be personally converted, obey the rules of the mission, strive to have the Spirit of the Lord in your life, and work hard. These are things every missionary can do."

"If you do those things, I promise you in the name of the lord and with the authority of my office, you are a success in His eyes regardless of how many other convert baptisms you are able to have in your particular corner of the vineyard."

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Our final visit with the Taranaki District before they became part of the New Zealand Hamilton Mission. We know they will all do their best to continue to serve the Lord with all their heart, might, mind and strength. We love them all!
All Blacks great Jonah Lomu and his wife Nadene spoke at the Porirua Stake Center in Titahi Bay with closing remarks from President Kezerian. Two sessions were held, in which approximately 1,500 people attended. Jonah was baptized over a year ago. Bro. Lomu said, despite some of the choices of his youth he always remembered what his mother had instilled in him, especially that he needed to pray to the Lord for guidance, The missionaries helped answer questions he had been asking for many years and he and his wife know that the gospel is right for them and their family.
 Elder Atkinson, Sister Haacke, Elder Hobby, Elder Makalio and Elder Barnes celebrating the 4th of July in New Zealand!

Elder Taufa and Elder Barnes with President Kezerian at the Oamaru Branch sacrament meeting.
Branch meeting are being held at a Catholic school while their building is being remodelled. 

Elder Lawrence and Elder Dunbar opening a new area in Ngaio.
Sister Boehmer finally made it to the mission! She even brought our family with her.
 Our grandsons Logan and Jake Yeaman and our youngest daughter Courtney and son-in-law Jake Beatty.
 District Meeting and interviews in Christchurch with the family too.
 Elder Ma'u teaching our grandson's how to be great missionaries.
 Welcome to Mission Leader Council Elder Lawson. He is the new Zone Leader in the Hutt Zone.
 Elder Armstrong, Elder Barnes and Sister Fitisemanu at their last Mission Leader Council. Thanks for all you've done missionaries!
 Part of the Queenstown District just after interviews. Elder Sovala, Elder Christensen, Elder Edwards, Elder Hepworth and Elder Tuckett.

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