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Thursday, July 19, 2012

4th of July Celebration

Hurray for the Red White and Blue!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the 4th of July.  All of our senior couples in the immediate area are from the 
United States of America 
except one.  We had a great social.  We started with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer on the food.  Then we ate a delicious all American meal of fried chicken, potato salad, red jello salad and home made apple pie and ice cream.  Afterwards we played an American trivia game.
As much as we all love New Zealand, it is not home.  Home is indeed where the heart is, and being away from home has made us all appreciate 'the land of the free and the home of the brave' even more.  God Bless America!
  Elder & Sister Halverson
Elder & Sister McKinley
Elder & Sister Bertasso
Elder & Sister Passehl
(our Australian missionaries)
 Elder & Sister Nelson
President & Sister Bleak
(MTC President)
Elder & Sister Coles


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