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!


patricia dumont said...

What a wonderful expereince for all! Thank you so much. I know this will be one of the best memories for our son, Elder DuMont.

(wishing the photo was larger so it can be viewed in detail, not sure why these two photos are smaller) With gratitude, The DuMonts

Jenny Larsen said...

This experience will impact my son for years to come. His email home to us re-telling the events of that day when all the "General Authorities" came to visit was an email we will always treasure. Elder Larsen truly felt that each of these great men were warm and personable to each and every missionary on an individual level. What a wonderful experience for all!
Jenny Larsen
(mom of Elder Jeffrey Larsen)

Sister Porter said...

These photos are smaller because it is the entire mission and it was taken with a wide angle lens in order to get them all in. We will be providing each missionary with his own photo of his or her own so that they can pick out themselves in years to come and give his children an idea of how large his mission was that he served in.