Dear Family & Friends: We are having so many new and exciting adventures to tell you about. We get up around 5:45am and go as fast as we can until bedtime, learning our new responsibilities and having a peek at this BEAUTIFUL country. We hope in this blog we can express how blessed we are to testify of Jesus Christ and serve Him in this amazing corner of the world! HAERE MAI* to our blog, we're glad you are visiting us!.....(*This means 'WELCOME' in the Maori language)

Monday, May 23, 2011

MORE Preparation!

During the week of April 11 through 15, we spent a wonderful time at the MTC, (for our friends of other faiths, this is the Missionary Training Center where we learn more about being effective missionaries), and we really got in the spirit of missionary work.  It was inspiring to see several thousand young men and women so enthusiastic about serving the Lord in all parts the world, and trying hard to learn so much in such a sort period of time before they go.  As we were walking from class to class, we would often be stopped by several who wanted to practice their newly learned language skills on us.  In class we were taught by both young, recently returned missionaries, and couples in the 70's, who were home after serving numerous missions.  All were inspiring!  Here we are standing in front of the much photographed world map, pointing all the way around to the other side of the world in New Zealand, where we will be living and serving for the next 18 months.

There were 40-50 senior missionary couples at the MTC the week we were there, and of all those couples there were only 3 couples preparing to serve out of the country.  We felt like a pretty small group!  We were divided into districts, or small groups, for most of our training. Here is our group:

We met and shared experiences with many wonderful people during this brief time.  At lunch on the first day, we sat across the table from a handsome senior couple and Jeff recognized him immediately.  He and Jeff were in the same fraternity at BYU and he had dated my dear friend and roommate.  We enjoyed revisiting our college days as well as sharing our excitement, anticipation and fear of our upcoming missionary experiences.  Now that we are both settled in our various corners of the world, we are keeping in touch and are now sharing our new and wonderful experiences.  Here is their photo:

(Sorry for the quality of the photos - these were taken with a little point and shoot)


  1. It is so nice to see your beautiful smiling faces!!! Praying that you have much success and enjoy your mission. We miss you here in blogland!!!

  2. Isn't that amazing that you should meet friends from so long ago just as you were beginning this spectacular adventure. I have missed "What KAren Sees" so much but seeing you happily serving brings a big smile too.