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)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hamilton, New Zealand Temple

On a beautiful fall day, we left bright and early with Elder and Sister Pferdner to go to the temple.  It was about an hour and 40 minute drive and we enjoyed seeing more of this beautiful green country in the golden rays of early morning light.  The temple sits atop a hill in a lovely setting.  The inside was also lovely, as are all temples, but Karen was captivated with the Celestial Room.  The walls were magnificently painted in landscapes of the country, with ferns and trees, including the Pohutukawa, cliffs and waterfalls and sun rays.  But what made this landscape so interesting was that it was all painted in soft pastels like in a dream or looking through a mist.  It truly looked heavenly, and, well, celestial.  But more important than the beauty of this building is its meaning and purpose.   For inside these walls, marriages take place that are for eternity, not 'until death do us part', and families are linked together with their ancestors.  Families are forever...what a wonderful thought!!  For those of you who may not know, photos cannot be taken on the inside, but here are some of the outside:

  For Karen's favorite photo of the temple click HERE.


  1. A great symbol of your faith.

  2. This is so much fun. I haven't checked your blog for several days and now to find all these lovely entries and pictures. THANKS SO MUCH!!