We took an opportunity to learn from nature about leadership characteristics that are needed within a mission!
All were gathered at the carpark of the Kauri forest in Whangarei!
A brief walk over the suspension bridge brought us to the massive Kauri trees!
We compared the characteristics of the Kauri trees to the leadership characteristics of Captain Moroni!
Walking amongst the Kauri forest!
President stops for a bit to help the missionaries understand that these two years of their lives are like the rings of their tree, they can never be relived, make them count!
Just a close up of the rings of a trees life!
Elder Drake teaches us regarding keeping ourselves safe and above the evils and tempations of the world---and looking after the missionaries under our stewardship to help them see the clear way to safety!
There is always one who wants to get a closer look---sometimes that look can be deadly, spiritually as well as physically!
Elder Cline instructs us that staying in tune with the Spirit is of greatest worth, amidst the many noises of the world!
The peaceful pond lends itself well to this teaching, as it is in the middle of two forceful and noisy streams!
Elder Davidson teaches us about unity and focusing on our common cause as we could see...
This new stream coming into the larger stream, representing the new missionaries that join us each transfer! They bring with them energy and enthusiasm for the work that can build and help increase that unity!
Walking along the stream to the falls!
The great Whangarei Falls!
President taught us to be like Captain Moroni ,"who did labor exceedingly," in which it was said about him that "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever:" (Alma 48:17)
Amazing stream from the falls!
We had a testimony under the tarp and thank heaven we had them because it rained throughout the testimony meeting!
A gust of wind picked up our tarp and sent it sailing. The weather turned and it was beautiful to break our fast and have a wonderful lunch!
Each was able to have a bit of a solo experience on the way back to the cars!