"HE SHALL GIVE DELIGHT UNTO THY SOUL"
Saturday (May 2nd ) Sister Perron and Sister Wallace (senior missionary with public affairs) went for a walk in the morning. Elder Perron stayed home and tried to get our blog up to date. In the evening went out to dinner with the Wallace’s and then went to their apartment and watched a movie – “Singin In The Rain” – getting ready for the Broadway play “Singin in The Rain” that we have tickets for in a couple of weeks that will be playing at the Auckland Civic Theatre in downtown Auckland.
Sunday (May 3rd) A great day! Two young single adult wards were formed in Auckland. Both wards began functioning today. It has been very exciting for us to watch this come together. What a blessing for these great young single adults!!! The young single adults can choose to stay in their traditional wards or have their records transferred to their new YSA ward.
The YSA 2nd Ward consists of YSA from the Harbour, Waterview, Henderson, Mt. Roskill and Panmure stakes and will meet in the Takapuna chapel and be a ward in the Harbour stake. Skye Nicholls was called as bishop with Albert Niuelua and Stewart Burgess as counsellors. Comments made during the meeting or in visiting with those involved following the meeting: “I am feeling overwhelmed with my new responsibility,” said Bishop Nicholls after the meeting. “But I am excited to work together with so many amazing young people.”
PICTURE ABOVE: The first Sunday School class of the YSA 1st Ward.
PICTURE ABOVE: Bishopric of the YSA 1st Ward. Bishop Tafiti (centre).
PICTURE ABOVE: YSA 2nd Ward. Members in the parking lot after their block of meetings.
PICTURE ABOVE: Bishopric of YSA 2nd Ward. Bishop Nicholls (centre).
Monday (May 4th). We drove up to Whangaparaoa to get Sister Perron’s hair done – about a forty-five minute drive. Elder Perron likes this trip. He drops Sister Perron off at the hair dresser and then goes to McDonald’s with his computer where he gets some work done. It takes almost two hours to get her hair done so if McDonald’s gets boring he stops at the beach four blocks from the hairdresser’s home and hunts sea glass until the phone call informing him the girls have finished with all the cutting, colouring and chit chat! Following the hair appointment we went to the institute building Tuesday
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder and Sister Nielson, Elder and Sister Haleck, Elder and Sister Buckner, Elder and Sister Brereton, Elder and Sister Perron peeking from behind the Brereton's in the lobby of the Auckland Civic Theatre.
Saturday (May 9th ). Went for a walk along Mission Bay and through the boat dock, out onto the pier, we were working on our 10,000 steps for the day. Went to lunch at restaurant in Newmarket, Sister Perron had ribs and I had sliders (beef, pork and fish) and we had chips. Following lunch we went to the institute building and worked on some things until about 9:00 PM came home and played a board game before going to bed.
PICTURE ABOVE: Dinner at the Area Office following our Family Home Evening.
PICTURE ABOVE: Sister Perron with Sister Sayer - both are descendants of Noah and Eda Rogers. Noah and Eda joined the Church in Kirtland, Ohio in 1837. Noah Rogers was called by the Prophet Joseph Smith to serve a mission to "the isles of the sea." Noah Rogers was the first missionary - Noah Rogers, Addison Pratt, Knowlton Hanks, and Benjamin Grouard - into the Pacific. Noah was set apart as the president of the mission.
LET ME SHARE A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: A couple of blogs back we shared some of the miracles that happened when we were billeting young single adults for the 2015 New Zealand YSA National Conference. In an even earlier blog we spoke about a very faithful YSA who was called to be an “Assistant Ward Clerk–Young Single Adult” a new calling.
Michael who was called to be an assistant ward clerk-young single adult in the Papatoetoe 1st ward is one of the most faithful and obedient members I have ever met. He is Tongan and served a mission in the United States. He explained that when he was growing up he drove a car without a driver’s license just because that is the way it was done. No one in his family asked any questions. Everyone did it. When he got on his mission he realized the importance of exact obedience to all laws and commandments. While in the United States he obtained a driver’s license for mission purposes. When he came to New Zealand he bought a car and went into to get his driver’s license converted from a United States license to a New Zealand license. It would not automatically convert over because he had not had it long enough so he had to take all the test and go through the process of obtaining a New Zealand license which took quite some time; he failed his first test and then had a waiting time before he could take it again. Even though he had a car he did not drive it. He bought a bicycle and would ride it to work, ride it to church, ride it to institute, ride it home teaching and to fulfil his church callings. Exact obedience in all things.
In visiting with Michael through working with him in his YSA calling, visiting with him at institute it became obvious that Michael knew he needed to get married. Michael is one who faithfully attends the temple every week. Michael has a great desire to get married. His mission president had told him to get married. He knows the Lord expects him to get married. One problem… Michael is so shy that Sister Perron and I wondered if he will ever get married anytime soon.
PICTURE ABOVE: Michael and Elder Perron - picture taken several months ago during one of the training sessions where Elder Perron was training Michael for his calling as Assistant Ward Clerk - Young Single Adults.
Saturday (May 16th). We met Elder Jorgenson and Anderson at India Gate Café in Epsom for lunch. It was a very pleasant lunch. Elder Jorgenson was assigned in central Auckland and taught many missionary lessons there in the institute building. He was also Elder Tyler Perron’s first zone leader and Elder Anderson was Elder Perron’s first companion. These are good missionaries. Elder Jorgenson will go home at the same time as Elder Tibbitts – end of June – so this is probably our last time to visit with him. His zone is doing great. We also found out that Elder Tyler Perron was transferred to Papatoetoe. We will now follow-up to see if her needs to be taken to dinner. Dinner every few months is a good way to check up on him – not that he needs to be checked on, he is a good missionary.
PICTURE ABOVE: Area Seventy, Paul Coward (left) and Elder O. Vincent Haleck (second from left) of the Pacific Area Presidency of the Church pictured with members of the new Penrose stake presidency. Stake president, Faaleaga Young Yen (center) with David A. Lawrence, 1st counsellor and Etimoni Uele, 2nd counsellor.
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Tyler Perron watching me (Elder Perron) take a picture of Sister Perron and Elder Rogers. Elder Perron and Elder Rogers are companions. Elder Rogers we found out is a descendant of Noah Rogers. Even better Sister Perron and Elder Rogers are both descendants of Russell Rogers one of Noah and Eda Rogers' sons. Elder Rogers is a descendant of Russell with his first wife. Sister Perron is a descendant of Russell from his second wife. (Picture is taken inside KFC near the Papatoetoe Stake Center.)
PICTURE ABOVE: Part of the HYPE the students put on Facebook about the finals of the Annual Table Tennis Tournament.
PICTURE ABOVE: The ultimate champions with their medals. Loni is the women's champion and Marin is the Men's champion.
PICTURE ABOVE: Pizza party following the championship games!
Saturday (May 23rd). Elder and Sister Gillette who are going to Samoa on a mission arrived in New Zealand today. They will be spending a few days in the Area Office before going out to Samoa. The Gillette’s are from Gooding, Idaho and good friends of the family. They came by our apartment in the afternoon for a visit. That evening Sister Perron and I went to a ward party held at the Harbour Stake Center building by the new YSA 2nd Ward.
PICTURES ABOVE: First ward party for the new YSA 2nd Ward. These two new YSA wards are going to be a great blessing to the Young Single Adults in Auckland.
Sunday (May 24th). Following church we had Elder and Sister Gillette over to our apartment for dinner. We had an enjoyable visit!
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder and Sister Gillette with Sister and Elder Perron at FHE in the area office.
Wednesday (May 27th). Wednesday night is our night to visit the Henderson Stake institute. Elder Tyler Perron was transferred to the Henderson Stake. In turns out that he and his companion are in the same flat with Elder Tibbitts and his companion. Sister Perron and I have been trying to find time to take Elder Tibbitts out to dinner for quite some time but honestly he was so busy when he was an assistant to the president. While we live all lived in Takapuna – mission office in Takapuna and our apartment is in Takapuna – Sister Perron and I are very seldom in Takapuna. We leave for the institute every morning and 12 of the 13 stakes in Auckland are on the south side of the bridge and Takapuna is on the north side of the bridge so we seldom get back to our apartment before 9:30 PM. Therefore we suggested we take all four Elders to dinner prior to our having to be at institute in Henderson. They all liked the idea. It was great to visit with Elder Tibbitts. Elder Tyler Perron likes the new arrangement. He is rooming with another cuzz. We ate at a small Kabob shop in a small strip mall not far from their flat.
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Perron, Elder Perron (the younger), Elder Tibbitts and their companions at the Kabob shop (Henderson, NZ) getting a fizzy!
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Perron (the younger) and his companion have learned a lot from the Polynesians. They are showing us how you pose for a picture or how they think you are supposed to pose for a picture.
Our missionary meeting with Elder Cook was held at the Redoubt Stake Center at 2:00 PM. Later that evening – 7:00 PM – Sister Perron and I attended a special devotional meeting held in the Harbour Stake Center – on Auckland's North Shore – where Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles addressed approximately 1,000 members of the church. The meeting was also broadcast live to Latter-day Saint buildings across New Zealand. What a day of great blessings!
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Cook and Elder Nielson personally shook hands with every missionary prior to the start of the meeting. Elder Perron is shaking hands with Elder Cook and Elder Nielson is shaking hands with Sister Perron.
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Tyler Perron on the far left front row. Elder Tibbitts on the far right second row. Picture taken prior to the start of the meeting with Elder Cook.
PICTURE ABOVE: Elder Cook speaking to the missionaries at the Redoubt Stake Centre.
PICTURE ABOVE: Missionaries spilling into the parking lot following the meeting with Elder Cook.
What an inspiring and delightful experience it is serving a mission. In addition to our testimony of our experience we offer further evidence for your consideration; most of the senior missionaries we serve with are on their second and a few are on their third mission as a couple. Do not let the opportunity pass you by saying someday I will try. Do it!
Elder & Sister Perron