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

Antwerpen Zone Conference, May 16th

Eindhoven Zone Conference May 17th

Apeldoorn Zone Conference - May 18th

Apeldoorn musical number, "I Believe in Christ" sung by angelic voices:
From Left, Elder Morey, Elder Thornton, Elder Robinson, Elder Young, 
Elder Henrichsen, Elder Etchells, Zuster  Lechtenburg, Zuster Conrad, and Zuster Lane

Finding the one @ Apeldoorn Zone Conference with Zuster Musgrave, 
 Elder Etchels and Elder Thornton, and Zuster Fordiani,

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mission Leader Council May 2017 at the mission home. 
Such awesome leaders-we love each one!

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!

Our dear couple, the Goebel's will be serving as office staff and run the mission as only they can! 
We are so grateful for their constant service. 
Elder Goebel and President Bunnell were companions back in the day!

Elder Torrie and Elder Needham, our dedicated office Elders, are leaving the office to return to serve in the field, searching for souls to bring unto Christ!
.Zuster Greening just happens to be in this photo! So darling! With departing Elder Sosa and the two new assistants Elder Deardon and Elder Miera. On to a new chapter.......

Our dear Assistants, Elder Dearden and Elder Sosa. Elder Sosa's last moments with the mission. We will miss him so much!

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 "clean apartment" awards!   Congratulations to Elder Crowder, Elder Tanner, Elder Guevara and Elder Kauer!  Don't you love the crowns!!!

Apron awards for clean apartments!  From the left:  Elder Hill, Elder Mancer, 
Elder Steele, Zuster Wolverton, Zuster Lindsey and Elder G. Williams. 
We are grateful for our missionaries who take care of their apartments!

Another day at Kuekenhof with the Eindhoven and Antwerpen zones! So lovely!

Kuekenhof in April with the Den Haag and Apeldoorn Zones. 
A little cooler but still beautiful!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

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!!!

Three Elders that came on their missions when the President did, two years ago!
They are from the left:  Elder Bruneau, Elder Sosa and Elder Perry.  
They are Super Elders!!!

At the Keukenhof gardens in April 2017 with the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Zones.

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. 

Zuster Training leaders in April at the mission home in the "Celestial Room"!

Mission Leader Council ready to sail ahead in the work of the Lord.  
Such great missionaries!!!  We love them all!!!

Zuster Lane and Zuster Harris enjoying a short break 
from knocking doors to feel the joys of swinging!
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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.
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