What an awesome group of missionaries that bid farewell to this great mission and move forward with their lives. We truly will miss each one of them. Front row from the left: Elders Hill, Croft, Ocampo, Kauer, Howard, P. Smith, Zusters Lindsey and Maughan. Second Row from left: Elders Drenth, Higham, C.Williams, Leigh, Gleave, Henrichsen, and Stanger. Third Row from left: Elders Morey, Christianson, G. Williams, Prickett, Zwygart, Knaupp, McBride, DeBloois, McConkie, Stevenson, and Morrow. Elders Christianson and Stevenson have chosen to extend their mission and will remain with us for a few more weeks.
Our new missionaries are: Front row left to right, Elder Jean Frauw, Zuster Wallman, Elder Etchells, Elder Kennel, Elder Adams; Back row left to right, Elder Davis, Elder Furniss, Elder Whitlock, Elder Keen and Elder Becktel.
The mission started a new Book of Mormon challenge commencing May 1st through October 1, 2017. We will be focusing on "Faith" and the "Holy Ghost" and may highlight any words relating to these, as we desire. We can complete the Book of Mormon by reading only 4 pages a day and 8 pages a day during the final week unless, of course, you have read ahead. We will end on October 1st, the Sunday of General Conference and the anniversary of the first person baptized in the Netherlands on October 1, 1861. Those who complete the challenge will receive a picture of the monument commemorating this great event. Success to all as we strive together growing our testimony of faith, the Holy Ghost, and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Love, President and Zuster Bunnell
The theme of change is constant in our lives. Hopefully for the better! Along our morning walking route is a big beech hedge. As fall turned into winter we watched the leaves all around us in this very lush, green land, turn brown, orange, red or yellow and fall off. Except the beech hedge. Its Leaves turned brown, and throughout the winter clung stubbornly to the hedge. We wondered if it was dead. But as winter turned into spring and leaves sprung out everywhere, we began to see tiny tips of new green leaves behind the old, dead leaves on the hedge. Slowly the new leaves pushed the old leaves off and now the hedge is green and beautiful.
As we walked by and watched this process over time, I kept thinking there was a message in it for me. Was I like the hedge? Resisting change? Clinging to old ways? Then President Bunnell asked our mission to consider Elder Lawrence's general conference talk "What Lack I Yet?". The message of Stake Conference was "Grow with Us", an invitation to grow better. bigger, and stronger in our gospel testimonies and faith. Now I was sure there was a message for me! Unable to articulate it clearly, I turned to my dear friend, Judy, a poetess, and "commissioned" her to write a poem expressing the thoughts I was pondering She agreed and here is the poem, shared with her permission: Newness in Christ by Judy Grigg Hansen Throughout the frigid days of winter, beech hedge hoards her brittle leaves, refusing to release them Like the elm and sycamore.
Are we sometimes like this bush, professing sorrow while holding onto sin, although Christ clearly offers to make us new in Him? Can we not trust His promises and be His pleasant plants, new wine in new bottles, precious fruit of His own vine?
I love this poem! It is so beautiful. Change is constant, and I am motivated to be not like the beech hedge, holding on to the natural man and to work harder to become "precious fruit of His own vine". Zuster Leslee Christensen, May 14, 2017
Our dear, wonderful Elders that started their service with President and Zuster Bunnell are departing and moving forward. We will miss them soooo much! Standing, from the left, Elder Richards, Elder Perry, Elder Fairbanks, Elder Garcia, Elder Thornock, Elder Meads, Elder Leishman,and Elder Crowder. Sitting from the left, Elder Bruneau, Elder O Campo (staying one more transfer), Elder Sosa, Elder Stanger (also staying one more transfer) and Elder Wright. Zuster Stewart-Chester came with this group but completed her mission and returned home 6 months earlier. We love you all and pray for your continued discipleship in your lives.....VNGD!
The first of May brings us 10 new missionaries! What a wonderful group--we are excited to have them! Front row, left to right: Elder Jeanfreau, Zuster Wallman, Elder Etchells, Elder Kennel, and Elder Adams. Back row, left to right: Elder Davis, Elder Furniss, Elder Whitlock, Elder Keen and Elder Becktel.
We welcome them to the Belgium Netherlands Mission.
More "apron awards" for clean apartments! From the left, they are Elder Henrichsen, Zuster Majors, Zuster Mangum, Zuster Weber and Elder Van den Dungen Bille. Elder Van der Put presented them their aprons. WAY TO GO!!!
Apron awards to some of the cleanest apartments during apartment checks. Elder Geddes and Zuster Dew on the left and Zuster Maughan and Zuster Parker on the right. Elder Van der Put in the center is awarding them their aprons, and NO, Elder Geddes and Zuster Dew were not in the same apartment!!!
Two wonderful senior couples, each receiving a book of the Netherlands..They will both be leaving for home in April. The bottom couple is Elder and Zuster Hill who have been serving in Deventer. The top couple is Elder and Zuster Caldwell who have served in Mechelen Belgium and Groningen Netherlands. We express our thanks and to both couples for their never ending service.
In March we said goodbye to these fabulous Elders as they embarked on their new life ahead. We can't thank them enough for all their service! They are from the left: Elder Drinkwater, Elder Roberts, Elder Davison, Elder Turner, Elder Vanfleet, and Elder Groesbeck, with Sister and President Bunnell at the misson home.