Third house up from water. Big white roof. We live in one half of basement.... Nicest views!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Took a boat to Aore Island just out our window. It is about a 20 minute ride. The Kearns and Barbara, our landlady went. Beautiful! Great day
This island has a interesting history. It use to be a leper colony but when the French came here it is rumored that they poisoned all the lepers. It is mainly inhabited by Australians and New Zealanders...with their holiday houses and small resorts like the one we went to. Ni vans tend not to live there.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Just had them all fly in for training and District Conference. we handed out staplers, calculators, staple pullers, and 2 pairs of reading glasses for each branch to take back to their Branches for those who can't read without them.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Traveled to New Zealand for a few days of training. We were able to go to the Temple near Hamilton for a session. My grandfather John Elmer Howell served a mission here in NZ from 1903 to 1906. I was able to find a woman named Rangi Parker who has been collecting history on the missionaries that served missions in NZ for over 20 years. and has put together a book with their stories. She is getting another one together and is very anxious to get grandpa Howells information to include. It was a very sweet experience talking with her, She sang to us as she was a singer as a younger woman before she had an accident that should have taken her life. As she sang she just stopped and said, I feel your,grandpas spirit here with us and we all wept. Yes, grandpa, I know you served The Lord here and the people of,New Zealand.