Sunday, February 28, 2010

Random shots from transfer meeting! You gotta love these missionaries!

Ben Marshall is our ace for helping us with our bikes---there are so many wonderful people that make this mission able to run smoothly and Ben Marshall is one of those who make it happen with our missionaries bikes! Thanks Ben!

Elder Love says that this bag has been passed down now through 7 missionaries to him! A fun treasured memory!

Our newest group of fabulous missionaries!

We are happy to have Elders (left to right, back to front) Allen, Cook, Whaanga, Saunders, Parry, Finau, Sateki, Havea, Halavaka, Ioasa, Matu'u, Tia, President Porter, Utai, Huang, Palaiti, Teaupa here with us! What a good group of the Lord's chosen!
Elder Utai will be trained by Elder Docking, I just didn't get their picture!
Elder Huang is really being trained by Elder Berge--I just didn't get their picture together!
Sister Teaupa is being trained by Sister Elisaia!
Elder Tia will be trained by Elder Preston!
Elder Ioasa is being trained by Elder Timoteo!
Elder Whaanga will be trained by Elder Auapa'au!
Elder Cook is being trained by Elder Sessions!
Elder Matu'u will be trained by Elder Tulia!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Elder Saunders is being trained by Elder Magleby!
Elder Parry will be trained by Elder Cameron!
Elder Allen will be trained by Elder Sorenson!
Elder Halavaka is being trained by Elder Burr!
Elder Sateki will be trained by Elder Malungahu!
Elder Havea's trainer is Elder Tonga!
Elder Palaiti will be trained by Elder Heimuli!
Elder Finau is being trained by Elder Tau!

Wonderful group of Elders and Sisters!

It's that time again! We should know the beat by now, but it doesn't get any easier! We sure love (back row to front row, left to right) Elders Faasau, Maneha, Byrnes, President Porter, Elders Seegmiller, Frew, Williams, Guerrero, Jones, Davenport, Sherwood, Sisters Fangupo, Wolfgramm, Me, Fakatava, Tavita, and Louder!

Elder Frew's reunion!

Elder Frew decides to play a trick on his family!
He puts on a wig and mustache and gives them a good tease!
His parents are very grateful to have the real Elder Frew to take home!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

NZAM blessings from heaven!

The Lord is pouring out blessings to this mission for which we are so very thankful! Elder Brent Nielson of the Seventy, and his equally amazing wife, Marcia, came for a mission tour and gave us such wonderful instruction, answered our questions and lifted us spiritually! This along with our visit from the seven general authorities from last month has us feeling like we are flying on eagles wings!
The Whangarei/Kaikohe Zone Elders and Sisters
Harbour/Henderson,Mt. Roskill, Manukau and Paptoetoe Zones
Hamilton, Gisborne, Tauranga, and Rotorua Zones
Our wonderful Missionary Mom's from the Hamilton Area that supply great lunches for the missionaries!
Waterview, Panmure, Tamaki, Manurewa, Papakura Zones
Sisters from the Manukau Stake that provided marvelous lunches for the missionaries both Wednesday and Friday conferences! Thank you Manukau Stake!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Once in a Lifetime Experience!

The New Zealand Auckland Mission was blessed to have 2 apostles, Elder Cook and Elder Christofferson; 1 Presiding Bishop, Bishop Burton; 1 President of the Seventy, Elder Jenson; 3 Area Presidency, Elders Callister, Hamula, and Neilson and their wives---all at one meeting just with our mission! It was a choice experience where each missionary was invited to come and shake hands with each of these special servants of the Lord. It took 40 minutes for them to shake the hands of all 250 missionaries and couple missionaries. It reminded me of when the Savior invited each child to come "one by one" (3 Nephi 17:21); it was an impactful moment that I believe each of your sons and daughters will never forget!
This is the first complete (well almost complete, our Elders on Niue are missing!)Mission Photo we have had since we have been here! The times that you are able to get 185 missionaries all together is possible on a very limited basis! It requires permission! This was truly a special occasion for all!