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.
Friday, 18 August 2017
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.
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.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
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.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
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
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