Sunday, April 27, 2014

"A Work and a Wonder"

The Lord has declared that missionary work is the responsibility of all who follow Him."Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo. I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matt 28:19-20) Members of the Lord's Church can, by the goodness of their lives and the strength of their testimonies, share the gospel message and help prepare family members, friends, and other acquaintances who are not Latter-day Saints to be taught by the full-time missionaries.

"Missionary work isn't the only thing we need to do in this big, wide, wonderful Church. But almost everything else we need to do depends on people first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and coming into the faith. . . . With all that there is to do along the path to eternal life, we need a lot more missionaries opening that gate and helping people through it."
-Jeffrrey R. Holland of the Twelve Apostles-

 Elder Tu'ihaliangingie, Elder Kaka and Elder Cuthbertson - Assistants to the President. 
 Our first time to load up protected from the weather. It sure took us a long time to figure this one out.
What a joy it is welcoming in new missionaries. We had a lovely evening of dinner and testimonies. Back: President Kezerian, Elder Tavo (Auckland, New Zealand), Elder Oborn (West Valley City, Utah), Elder Chong (Ipswich, Queensland, Australia), Elder Deamer (Worcestershire, United Kingdom), Elder Lalogafau (Pago Pago, American Samoa), Elder Pei (Tapueleele, Savaii, Samoa) and Elder Morunga (Kaikohe, New Zealand). Center: Sister Kezerian, Sister Leausa (West Valley City, Utah), Sister Jones (Manitowoc, Wisconsin), Sister Martin (Susanville, California), Sister Mailau (Sydney, Australia). Front: Elder Tu'ihalangingie, Elder Kaka and Elder Cuthbertson. Also, Elder Carbonell from Davao City, Philippines arrived the next day. With shipping out our belongings this week - I've misplaced my camera and his picture was on it. I hope it shows up at home!  
Camera found! here is Elder Carbonell from Davao City, Philippines!
 And then dessert. . . . welcome to the mission!
 In Christchurch service abounds. The Zone Leaders had offered service at one of the local city missions. Soon after that, the city mission actually ran into an emergency. They had to have all their supplies moved out of their warehouse in 3 days.
 The missionaries in the area were contacted and quickly got to work.
 With all the missionaries hard work they finished the task in 4 hours! Thanks missionaires!
 The missionaries in Hawkes Bay participated in the Missionary Preparation Camp. It's hard to tell the Wellington, New Zealand Missionaries from the prospective missionaries! They must have taught them well!
Elder and Sister Harding are serving in Invercargil. We have been so blessed with Senior Couples. Elder Harding served in New Zealand as a young man - He has returned to his mission. We also welcomed a new couple to our mission this month - Elder and Sister Morris from Auckland, New Zealand. They are serving in the Palmerston North Stake. We said farewell to Elder and Sister Hayward, Elder and Sister Roberts and Elder and Sister Lewis. Thank you for all you've done to further the Lord's work, friendship and fellowship.

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