Sunday, October 31, 2010

An Ocean Baptism!

It began with two faithful, hardworking Elders! Elders Haight and Su'a!
That met a wonderful family outside of Wellsford, their new area!
The branch has no font, so an ocean baptism was scheduled! Despite the stormy weather, the family was baptized!
The family and the Elders were very happy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Random Shots from Interviews!

Elders McKinley, Davis, Sisters Shumway and Sitthidamrong, Elders AsaAsa and Nu'usila!
Sisters Avauli, Teaupa, President, Elders Palaiti and Tonga!
Elders Mose, Fanguna, Sisters Elisaia, Auva'a, President, Elders Felton and Sateki!
The bike patrol! Eders Cunniffe, Finau, Porter and Bernard!
Elder Porter popping his wheelies!

More Random shots from Interviews!

Elders Gardner, Hehepoto, Papalii, Apelu and President!
Sisters Alatini and Nalesoni, Elders Jenkins, Whitrod, Cushing, Curtis, President, Elders Cameron and Elder Leong!
Elders Shepard, Whitrod, Belk, Sisters Mahas and Kamal, Elders Utai, Heslop, Tia, President, Elder Cameron and Hoko!
Elders Manu, Kaufusi, Tokelau, Kimball, Christiansen, Mutton, Baraniko with Sister Feao and Fotu! Isn't it a great drawing of missionaries in the background! A party for a return missionary that we took advantage of!
Elder Seuga checks out the scales while new Elder Penaia looks on!
Elders Burton, Seuga, Pre and Keyes!
Elders Smith, Bake, Walk Moss and Ioasa admire Elder Long's part---truly one of a kind! The only one we have ever seen on him!
Sisters Ulu'ave and Mafi with Elder Haight and Su'a and the New Curriculum Study Guide and the Halloween treat basket!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A sweet experience!

On October 9th, President Porter was asked to baptize Carolyne Wightman! The Elders were kind enough to pass on the opportunity of baptizing her when she asked if President Porter could perform her baptism! Thank you Elder Keyes and Elder Jeppesen!
The last minute clarification on the proper name! What a blessing for them both!

Elder Potts!

We have a new missionary assigned to the New Zealand Auckland Mission! His name is Elder Potts! He didn't ask for much just a small part of the vineyard to tend!
He pretty much just sits around all day and reminds us that the Lord has a work for all of us to do!

October Leadership Training!

We are now fully under way with our new curriculum from the brethren and we are seeing the blessings of following the prophets! We have had more sets in the last two months than we have ever seen in this mission for a very long time! Satan is also working double time on us---but we will prevail!!

October Zone Leader Council!

Zone Leader Council---what can I say---what an absolutely amazing collection of the Lord's leaders! We are honored to work with such quality Elders! You can be proud of your sons, they do heaps of good and work very hard bringing to pass much righteousness!
Another one of Sister Porter's object lessons gone a bit crazy! We began with a challenge---President Porter lifting the dining room wooden table that seats 12 to eye level! He tried but was unable to do it---then Elder Greening took on the challenge---the other Elders agreed that he was the strongest among them! Alas, he too was stumped! They then stood side by side around the table and placed one hand under it and lifted! It was easy as "butter" (kind of an inside joke)! We then asked if just one finger from each Elder could lift the table---again, easy as butter! Truly amazing! That is when having President sit on the table and lift them came up---again, with one hand it was a piece of cake when everyone did their part! It was related to President Uchtdorf's talk on "Lift where you stand" with his quote about the stripling warriors--"they accomplished together what none of them could have accomplished alone!" These are the Elders who will lead this mission to the doubling of our baptisms as we follow the call of two prophets!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Specialized Training - Sept.- Oct. 2010

President Porter likened this opportunity that we have in this mission to "double our baptisms" and follow the charge of the Lord through two prophets, President Hinckley and President Monson's "Save Souls," to a game of baseball in which we have just 3 more swings till the year is ended! Sister Alatini is ready to give a leg!
Elder Kauhenga has a powerful enough swing with one hand!
Elder Walk is determined to make it happen for the Chinese!
Elder Ales will do it!
Fairly new, Elder Jeppesen, has the determination!
Henderson/Harbour Zone!
Tamaki Zone!
Chinese Program Elders!
Mt. Roskill Zone!