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Chocolate and Civil War

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We started this week out by celebrating the Queen’s birthday which is a public holiday in New Zealand. I’ve never celebrated the Queen’s birthday before—had never even thought about the fact that the queen had a birthday—so as it approached I asked several locals how they celebrate and the answer was always the same: “We […]

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The Unexpected Is Becoming Expected

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There’s one thing you learn very fast on a mission and that is to never be surprised—just plan on the unexpected. Nothing happens the way you think it’s going to. We attend two blocks of meetings every Sunday. In the morning we attend a different ward each week so we can go to their YSA […]

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Another “No worries” Week!

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  It has been a very busy week here. We always have Home Evening at our flat on Monday for young adults who don’t have family in the area. That is always a lot of fun! Our new term started this week and we are teaching now on Tuesday at noon and at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Our Miracle

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Some people don’t believe in miracles. I don’t have to believe because I’ve experienced them. I know miracles happen! Just last week one did. We were scheduled to attend a seminary class starting at 6:00 a.m. We left the house on a dark, rainy morning (Remember it’s autumn down here!) at 5:30 a.m. and as […]

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Earthquakes and Other Not So Shaky News

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We experienced our first Christchurch Stake Conference last Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday night meeting was especially good. Some of the quotes I liked were, “God will bless us according to our needs not our greed,” “Revelation comes when we are prepared or desperate,” and “We experience temporary amnesia when we forget God.” We met […]

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New Foods, New Experiences, New Lessons Learned

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What a week! We are busy and happy! We have been so blessed in so many ways. One of the greatest blessings is this woman, Amy, pictured here introducing me to the marvelous fruit called feijoa. (Delicious!) Amy is the secretary at the Institute where we teach and if it hadn’t been for her and […]

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A Week With Lots of Firsts!

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Lots of good things this week. First, our daughter Talena who has been fighting cancer and undergoing chemo had a mastectomy today and things went very well! Prayers are being answered. After she heals from this, she will also have her thyroid removed and we are counting on the fact that the battle will then […]

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Dunedin Stake Formed and Penguins!

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So far most of our “work” has been to get acquainted with the students, leaders, missionaries, seminary teachers, and others we will be working with. It has been a delightful task. Last weekend we drove about five hours south to attend the organization of the second stake in the South Island–the Dunedin Stake. Many people […]

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