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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all of you work with pictures and captions on this blog! We love seeing and reading all about the Wellington Mission and all of the great things going on with our daughter Sister Morris and all of your missionaries! Thank you for your time, I know what a commitment this is since I am keeping a blog for both of our daughters serving missions :-D