Friday, 18 August 2017

Our awesome Zuster Training Leaders at August MLC in the celestial room of the mission home.  Back row: Zusters Wray, Greening, Thomas and Haynie.  Middle row:  Zusters Dixon, Weber, Mangum, Lane, Ibrahim, Smith, and Whalquist. Front row: Zusters Gagon, Fordiani, and Leman.

August 2017 meeting of the Mission Leadership Council (MLC) 
in the back yard of the mission home.

 August 2017 Zone Training in Amsterdam 

All the senior couples now serving.  The Jongejans, Christensens, Brouwers, Olivers, Gouts, Van der Puts, Goebels, Reeves, the Fletchers with Ester, and the Bunnells.  Missing from the picture are the Jansens.

Welcome to our new Senior Couple, the Brouwers!
They were both raised in Schiedam, married in Australia, 
moved back to Rotterdam and Utrecht where they served faithfully in several callings, before moving to Utah.  Now they are back in the Netherlands, serving the wonderful people they love!!! 

Farewell to a fabulous group of missionaries - we love you sooo much! 
Back row from the left: Elders Mostoller, Ord, Stanworth, Deardon, Young, Needham, Stevenson, Johnson, and Serra.  Second row:  Zusters Black, Merz, Parker, Harris, Winkel, and Burnham.  On the couch: Zusters Barrett, Wilkinson, Cathers, and Majors.  In front: Elders Meister, Brunner and O'Loughlin.

And finally, the last picture from the July 26th farewell dinner.  Two lovely zusters and two beautiful smiles?

And they just keep coming.  
More pictures from the July 26th farewell dinner.

Yet more pictures of the July 26th farewell dinner.

Still more pictures of the farewell dinner!

More Pictures from the July 26th farewell dinner!

Farewell dinner, July 26th

Elder Mostoller singing/playing the ukulele  and touching our hearts
at the farewell testimony meeting, July 26, 2017.

Elders singing so beautifully at the last testimony
meeting for the group going home in July.  
Elders Needham, Johnson, Brunner and O'Loughlin.

All 29 new missionaries with their trainers, ready to go to work!  (July 26th)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

All the new missionaries that arrived on July 25th.
Back row from left to right: Elders Occon, Richins, Peck, Ashton, Callahan, Graham, Ballard, Dial, Stopper, and Kirk. Second row: Elder Rytting, and Zusters Diaz, Van der Graaff, Arens, Klenk, Bateman, Harris, Means, Olsen, and Vassar. Front row: Elders Wittaw, Tesch, Niederhauser, Robinson, Bateman, Crook, Crow, Hair, and Smith.

New Zusters . . . Right off the plane and ready to roll!

Some more new Elders at the airport.  
Can someone show us where to go?

Some of the 29 new missionaries that arrived on July 25th.

Our Assistant, Elder Miera and his new shoes!πŸ‘ž

Three baptisms in Rotterdam North.
Thanks Elders Hunter, Lowder, and Harding!

Zuster Bybee returns home after a glorius mission!
We love her and wish her success!

MLC numbers - Are they for real?

Elder Serra and Elder Miera at July MLC being Kool!😎

MLC Zusters Harris, Ibrahim, and Lane.
Would anyone like an M & M?

Zuster Training Leaders at July MLC.
Zusters Weber, Mangum, Cathers, and Merz.

Studious Zone Leaders:  Elders Oliphant, Mostoller, and Stevenson

July Mission Leadership Council (MLC) at the mission home.

Zuster Van Eeden's birthday on July 2nd. She is vital 
for us all to be Dutch!  We love herπŸ’–

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Zuster Van der Put and Zuster Bunnell trying to figure out 
some IKEA furniture for a new apartment - Service at its best!

Another picture of the lunch break at the Eindhoven/Antwerpen zone conference.

Still more missionaries at the Eindhoven/Antwerpen zone conference.

More missionaries enoying a meal at the 
Eindhoven/Antwerpen zone conference.

Happy, eager missionaries at zone conference held in Antwerpen for the Eindhoven and Antwerpen Zones.  Yummy taco salad!

More missionaries at the zone conference in Zoetemeer!

More hungry missionaries at zone conference in Zoetermeer 

Happy hungry missionaries at the Zoetermeer Church for the Apeldoorn and Rotterdam Zone Conference on June 28, 2017. 

Amsterdam and Den Haag zone conference held in Amsterdam on June 27, 2017.

Welcome to a new couple,  Elder and Zuster Jongejan from Sandy, Utah.  
They will be serving in Groningen where Elder Jongejan's mother was born!  
They have four children and 14 grandchildren. We are truly blessed 
to have them serving in this mission!

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.

A finale farewell testimony meeting.  These Elders sang full of heart.  
From the left, Elder Knaupp, Elder G. Williams,  Elder Morey, Elder Higham, 
and Elder Gleave, with Elder Morrow at the piano. 

Elder Deardon's last service with Elder Mierra as an Assistant.  
We appreciate and are grateful to Elder Deardon for his great service.  
He now will serve as a zone leader.  Elder Miera will serve with Elder Mackay as Assistants.

Anja Rebber from Hengelo and her mother from Germany.  
They came to the office to say goodby to many great missionaries 
that served and worked with Anja who was/is a ward missionary.

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.  

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

On June 13th we welcomed some wonderful new missionaries as they arrived at  the Amsterdam airport, fresh from the MTC.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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
Den Haag Zone Conference May 25, 2017
They appear to be "model missionaries"

But they still know how to have fun!!!!!

Rotterdam Zone Conference May 24, 2017

Amsterdam Zone Conference May 23. 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017


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