Sunday, June 22, 2014

Behold! A Royal Army

"Every truth that a missionary or member teaches is only an appendage to the central message of all time - that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Holy Messiah, the Promised One, the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that He alone burst the bands of death and triumphed over the captivity of hell; that no one of us could ever have those same blessings without His intervention in our behalf; and that there never shall be any "other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, [except] in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent."
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland -
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Christchurch Zone.

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Hawkes Bay Zone.
Time for a quick lunch break.

Another lunch break.
Sisters in Christchurch Zone.
Zone Leaders Elder Kerr and Elder Howard.

Elder Ma'asi recording everyones name, country and ancestry.  

Passports and thanks.

Thank you for your service! Returning home with honor. Back: Sister Rose (USA), Sister Alcock (Canada), Elder 'Otuhouma (Tonga), Elder Cuthbertson and Elder Pelo (Assistants). Front: Elder Tuihalangingie (Tonga), Elder Ma'asi (New Zealand), Elder Pasa (Samoa), and Elder Toomalatai (American Samoa).

Dr. David Glenn Hatch after a wonderful fireside with inspirational music in the Hutt Valley Stake Center.
Visiting concert pianist Dr. David Glen Hatch, together with some of his prize-winning proteges receiving a standing ovation at the Wellington Benefit Concert held at the Hunter Council Chamber of the Victoria University of Wellington. Proceeds of the concert will go to the Wellington Homeless Women's Trust.

Dr. Hatch and President Thomson meet members of Parliament.

Students accompanying Dr. Hatch.
Maori greeting.

Packing up and heading back to their areas across the mission.
Nga Mihi nue is a way of saying kind regards with more emphasis or gratitude. Arohanui is Maori for much love.

Elder Bearnson, Elder Lawson and Elder Vimahi.

 President and Sister Jared Ormsby from the Christchurch Stake.
Thanks to all for signing the rugby ball for us. We love it!!
Family History is touching and turning hearts.

All the letters and testimonies that were shared with us will be treasured in our family.
 Our last Mission Leadership Council Meeting.
 Welcome to our newest missionary - Elder Tupou from Tonga.
 Elder Adams finally meets Elder Adams! They have to find out how they are related.
Thank you everyone for this wonderful Rugby ball.
Elder Pasa and Elder Johnson helping to remove graffiti in Newton.
 Elder Balmes, Elder Bawden, Sister Watene-Zelezniak and Sister Breshears serving in Invercargil. This was the day after their Soiree at which there were about 40-50 friends of other faith in attendance.
Dunedin District President Geoffrey Mitchell and his dear wife are the powerful force encouraging missionary work as they move closer to becoming a Stake.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Eternal Consequences of Serving a Mission Will Bless Our Families

"God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other."
-President Spencer W. Kimball-

Elder Cuthbertson displaying My Family - Stories That Bring Us Together. We love sharing this pamphlet and getting everyone excited about connecting with their families.
Last day in the mission for Elder Ebel.

Sisters in the Wellington Zone. Sister Woodbury, Sister Kennedy, Sister Hann, Sister Kezerian, Sister Haacke, Sister Olammaleva, Sister Maliepo, Sister Hansen and Sister Key. It's funny how many times sisters with the same color of hair line up on the same side. Not planned. 
Elders and Sister meeting for Mission Leadership Council. We so appreciate everyone taking on these responsibilities. Back row - President Kezerian, Elder Pelo, Elder Cunningham, Elder Kerr, Elder Howard, Elder Raston, Elder Vimahi, Elder Hilton, Elder Christensen, Elder Means, Elder Evans, Elder Cuthbertson, Elder Bearnson, Elder Lawson, Elder Dutson, Elder Collins and Elder Adams.
Elder Lawson, Elder Bearnson, Elder Christensen, Elder Vimahi and Elder Raston.
Our wonderful Sister Ingles with Elder Vimahi and Elder Raston.
Elder and Sister McGregor fixed these amazing desserts! Wow!
President Kezerian always gives up his office to the Sister Training Leaders to meet in and he conducts his interviews in the Supply Room. He is always taking care of the sisters. What a great father of five girls he has always been. Thank you President Kezerian!
We are definitely spoiled. Sister Tukuafu (Palmerston North), Sister Watene-Zelezniak (Southland), Sister Kennedy (Wellington), Sister Morris (Nelson), Sister Milne (Hawke's Bay), Sister Rose (Hutt Valley) and Sister Nielsen (Christchurch). 
Nelson Zone Conference
Elder and Sister Edwards have been served both in the Hutt Valley and in the Nelson Zones.
Nelson Zone Sisters. Sister Edwards, Sister Saulala, Sister Morris, Sister Russell, Sister Kezerian, Sister Vautier, Sister Hough, Sister Breakall and Sister Brown.
Thank you for the wonderful lunch in Nelson!
Can anyone believe that Elder Lee and Elder Yarrington aren't brothers?
Finishing up Zone Conference.
Elder Williams, Elder Evans, Elder Sauvao, Elder Tinei and Elder Davis.
Looking out over the beautiful bay in Nelson.
President and Sister Kezerian in Gore for the Zone Conference.
Southland Zone after a wonderful lunch.
Sister Niutupu'ivaha leading us all in singing to say thank you for our meal.
What a treat!