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Category Archives: Mission Journal

A Long Overdue Report From Middle Earth!

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Our semester ended and the Institute choir put on a beautiful cantata, “Seek This Jesus,” for the stake. The music was very difficult and yet they learned all nine songs and sang like angels. I was so proud of them. During the summer break between semesters, our daughter Mariah and her husband Michael and two […]

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Another Report From Middle Earth

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Another wonderful week spent in Middle Earth! And yes, Middle Earth is magical. Spring has awakened the earth and here that doesn’t mean only gardens blooming to brighten the world with color. Besides fields of yellow daffodils, poppies in every color of the rainbow, and nodding blue and white bell shaped flowers, the trees are […]

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I Might Be Down Under, But I Haven’t Dropped Off the Earth

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Spring is springing! It’s been a long winter for us leaving home in March and entering New Zealand Autumn! But September here means daffodils, cherry blossoms, lots of cute little lambs, and green everywhere. We find new and beautiful surprises every day! We’ve been so busy I’ve failed to update this blog for a long […]

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Tender Mercies And Then More Tender Mercies

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I have dreaded the approach of this last week since we came to New Zealand. I knew that the first week of August, I would miss the birth of two grandchildren and the marriage of two others, and it seemed more than I could take. Consequently I kept bracing myself and trying to prepare for […]

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Growing and Learning Much

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It’s Friday for me. This being a day ahead of family and friends is very strange. It is also strange to think that many of you will be parading and barbequing on the 4th of July while I’m attempting to keep warm in 42-degree weather. But I’m not complaining—winter here is much milder than winter […]

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Rugby and Other Not-As-Violent Diversions

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We are here at a wonderfully historic time. The first week we were here we attended the creation of the second stake on the South Island of New Zealand, the Dunedin Stake. Today the Christchurch Stake was reorganized and a ward, the Parkland Ward,was added to the stake. Most of the ward boundaries were altered […]

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I Love My Quirky Cottage!

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  Not much has happened this week except the usually teaching classes and partying with Young Single Adults. It is a good life! It is keeping us young. The weather here is turning cold and since we don’t have central heating we have been learning how the natives keep warm. We turn on space heaters […]

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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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