Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Most Effective Missionaries Always Act Out of Love

"We can depend on that unfailing desire of the Savior to bring all of Heavenly Father's spirit children back to their home with Him. Every faithful parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent shares in that desire. Heavenly Father and the Savior are our perfect examples of what we can and must do. They never force righteousness because righteousness must be chosen. They make righteousness discernible to us, and they let us see that its fruits are delicious."
-President Henry B. Eyring-
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Titahi Bay District Meeting and Interviews. Zone Leaders serving in Tawa, District Leader Elder Keller and Elder 'Otuahouma serving in Titahi Bay, Elder Malarde and Elder Child in Paraparaumu, and Elder Halladay and Elder Wenke in Johnsonville.
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Sister Maliepo and Sister Russell serving in Paraparaumu.
Wellington District Meeting and Interviews. Assistants serving in Wellington, District Leader Elder Nevitt and Elder Oborn in Nagio, Elder Pasa and Elder Johnson in Hataitai.
Sister Hann and Sister Kennedy serving in Wellington.
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Porirua District Meeting and Interviews. It was getting a little late by the time all the missionaries had been interviewed. District Leader Elder Zollinger and Elder Harris in Porirua, Elder Poole and Elder Vagai serving in the Samoan Porirua 3rd, Sisters in Papakowhai and Mirimar, Elder Lawrence and Elder Edwards in Papakowhai, Elder Savage and Elder Talataina in the Samoan Ascot Park.
Yea! Wonderful new missionaries.
Arriving from the Auckland MTC everyone had a very early morning.
Everyone at the Wellington airport recognizes the missionaires.
On our way to the Mission Office.
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All the preparations of getting drivers licenses, filling out forms, getting to know one another, receiving their first assignments and companions - It's a big day.
The office staff fixed a beautiful lunch and warmly welcomed everyone. Learning the rules and receiving training on driving (On the left side of the road), getting their visas, how to deal with health needs, adjusting to missionary live. Everyone jumps right in with eager enthusiasm.
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Back- President Kezerian, Elder Tui'halangingie (Assistant), Elder Davuke (Suva, Fiji), Elder Pelo and Elder Cuthbertson (Assistants), Elder Balmes (Victoria, Australia). Front- Sister Kezerian, Sister Shaw (Ogden, Utah), Sister Hansen (Coolidge, Arizona), Sister Farr (Lehi, Utah), Sister Breshears (Morgan, Utah).
Understanding English spoken with all different kinds of accents is similar to learning a new language even if you do speak English - much harder for those who don't. 
With more sisters than elders on this intake they get the room with the view at the mission home. We certainly have a beautiful forest in the backyard. We see the Tui and hear his call along with the Fantail.
Some of our best singers have finished their missions!
Look at this wonderful feast in honor of service well done!
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Sister Glenn and Sister Saunders - Thank You!!
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Elder Pelo, Elder Ebel (Marshall Islands), Elder Hunt (Sydney, Australia), Elder Kaka (Hamilton, New Zealand), President Kezerian(Staying right here), Elder Cuthbertson. Front- Sister Glenn (Missouri,USA), Sister Saunders (Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada)
New Zealand Wellington Mission Office.
Assistants to the President Elder Pelo and Elder Cuthbertson. Thank you Elders for being willing to take on every assignment with enthusiasm and joy.
The dear Relief Society sisters prepared a feast in Porirua. Also, assisted by husbands and brethren!
Wellington Zone Conference
Hutt Valley Zone Conference
Elder Sio, Elder Keil, Elder Woodland, Elder Uasila'a, Elder Kava, Elder Smith, Elder Salyer, Elder Makalio, and Elder Hall. Wow! Everything was cleaned up and put away so fast! What urgency - everyone was back to their areas fast! We're so grateful for all your hard work and diligence.
Memories from the first service in Balclutha.
Sister Tukuafu (speaker), Sister Puletua (special musical number), Elder Harris, Elder Taufa, Elder Purcell (speaker), Elder Clark and Elder and Sister Coles.
Elder Tarati and Elder Hall.
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Queenstown District. Elder Zappe, Elder Winter, Elder Aparicio, Elder Inglis, District Leader Elder Harrington, Elder Makalio, Elder James and Elder Deamer, Sister Faana and Sister Jones.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

We Are All Enlisted

"The world is in need of our help. Are we doing all we should? do we remember the words of President John Taylor: 'If you do not magnify your callings, God will hold you responsible for those whom you might have saved had you done your duty.' There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. The blessings of eternity await you. Yours is the privilege to be not spectators but participants on the stage of . . . service."
-President Thomas S. Monson-

 Sister Toutai, Sister Nowers and Sister Carter - We will miss you. What great missionaries!
Elder Tu'ihalangingie, Elder Kaka, Elder Riki (New Zealand), Elder Raihauti (Tahiti), Elder Tarati (Tahiti), President and Sister Kezerian, Elder Cuthbertson and Elder Tokoara (Cook Islands). Front: Sister Toutai (New Zealand), Sister Carter (Idaho, USA), Sister Nowers (Utah, USA), and Sister White (French Polynesia). Thank you for returning with honor.

Our wonderful office missionaries serving up a feast. Sister Ingles, Sister McGregor and Sister Eames.
Sister Nielsen and Sister Watene-Zelezniak.
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Sister Training Leaders- one from each Zone- caring for their sisters.
Thank you Elder and Sister Christensen for your faithful service in Hawkes Bay.
Napier District hastily getting to work after District Meeting.
Just one quick picture before you go?
Sister Crankshaw and Sister Gilmour. Cute new haircut Sister Crankshaw!
Hastings District- Sister Crankshaw, Sister Gilmour, Elder Passey, Elder Anderson, Elder Nordlin, Elder Loveless and Elder Schumaker. Missing Elder Tonga, Elder Purcell, Elder Dorius, Elder Parker and Elder Cook.
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Look who we found! One of our returned missionaries - Sister Cameron!! Sweet reunion.
Following District meeting we had a visit from another returned missionary - Elder Kelly, his darling wife Felicity and his mum and dad. Can't believe we didn't get a picture but it was great to visit.
Flaxmere District- Elder Pei, Elder Brown, Elder Seabury, Elder Nyfeler, Elder Gordon, Elder Berryhill, Elder Clark, Sister Haacke and Sister Puletua.
Those of you from Brisbane will recognize this view no doubt. This was the location for the Mission President's Seminar for the Pacific Area.
Evidently this river is home to a large population of Bull Sharks! We are glad the missionaries don't go swimming!
We wish we could use this bike system in our mission. Always a working bike available!
Another beautiful Cathedral.
Just like New Zealand - more clock towers.
We took a quick walk before the seminar began and saw all these Scouts (maybe cub scouts).
We'd never seen a tree like this. Does anyone from Australia know what it is?

Luckily we got to see Sister Wu on our short stay. This dear returned missionary even taught some of you missionaries in the MTC in Hamilton. Now she is finishing up school in Brisbane.

Elder Flakemore and his darling wife Imaima and his son Malachi were visiting from Tasmania. It was great to catch up.
Cleaning up after District meeting in Masterton.
Elder Uasila'a and Elder Tuckett.
 Our mission van, alias "Death Star" saw his last day in the mission this week. He gave his all!
 Sister Hann participating in our mission wide day of cleaning. We are going to be bug, insect and dirt free. Thank you for all your efforts missionaries!