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)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Time Out For Women

Virginia Pearce, Melanie Riwai-Couch, Sheri Dew, Hillary Weeks

Last week we were in Christchurch.  'Time Out For Women' was on tour in Australia and New Zealand, and while here, Sheri Dew graciously agreed to do some public relations work for the Church.  The women in Christchurch have been through so much. Many have lost their homes, their jobs, and some have lost their husbands and families through divorce because of the stress and ongoing challenges these people face.  We held a special dinner and fireside with the theme "Women of Faith".  In addition to LDS women, several women of other religions were invited as well as a member of Parliament.  Sister Dew and Sister Pearce gave very inspirational and uplifting messages and Sister Weeks' music brought tears to almost everyone.  I think these women left with feelings of hope and love and renewed faith that Heavenly Father is watching over them.  (For those who don't know, Sister Pearce in President Hinckley's daughter, Sister Dew is the CEO of Deseret Book and has written the biographies of several of the prophets, and Hillary Weeks is an award winning contemporary singer and songwriter.)

During that week we were there for Stake Conference.  Our new Area Presidency member, Elder Watson, was present to make a change in the Stake presidency.  He also spoke at the meeting.  Previous to his calling to the First Quorum of Seventy he had been personal secretary to seven prophets.  He told us some personal experiences he has had with each of the prophets.  It was a wonderful and personal glimpse into the lives of these special men.  


  1. Wow! cool you could get a picture of these famous ladies!

  2. Karen just going thru your blogs here. Looks like a lot of hard work, but most rewarding times as well. Thank you for sharing.