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.