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)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Title of Purpose

Zone Conference in Whangarei 
(pronounced Fongaray with a soft 'g')

Tuesday we left at 7:00 to travel  the 2 hours to zone conference in Whangarei.  We have the option of attending one of 4 conferences held throughout the mission.  Usually we go to the one in Hamilton, and then attend the temple afterwards, but today we decided to travel to the zone conference at the northern most part of NZ.  As with everywhere we have traveled thus far, the scenery was beautiful.  Total eye candy with gorgeous ocean vistas, then rolling green pastures dotted with cows and sheep, then sections of dense sub-tropical looking 'bush', then pine or fir forests.  

This is the smallest zone in the mission.  President and Sister Lekias are wonderful and so devoted to their missionaries.  It is always inspiring to be with the young missionaries and feel of their spirits and especially their enthusiasm and positive attitudes.  Today they made a zone 'Flag of Purpose' in about 15 minutes.  They did a great job and we had a wonderful time.

After the conference as we were heading back home we saw a sign to a waterfall that was in a park in the center of Whangarei.  We were pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful sight right in town.

And then from the sublime to the ridiculous!  A little further down the road,  we see scarlet sheep!  (And we thought 'oreo' cows were interesting!) Yes, they are spray painted and used to attract attention to a tourist place called Sheep World where one can learn all about the sheep industry in NZ.


  1. You are having adventures of a lifetime! I was especially curious to know more about the musical icon pictured in the following blog.

  2. We've got a young man headed out from our ward to the Fiji mission. His last name is Tremea and his dad is the personal body guard for President Uchtdorf and was the personal body guard for President Hinckley. Love your shots and keep up the good work.

  3. Red sheep as an attraction is ridiculous but they make for an interesting photo.The waterfall is magic. They look a great crowd of people.