Sunday nights is my blog-writing time and for the past few weeks I was either too lazy, too tired, and even sick one time, to post a new blog. So sorry, but thanks for hanging in with me as I continue again. Trying to recount the past few weeks will take too much writing, so I will give brief accounts of August events.
has become a real treat!
P-day isn't complete without a trip to one of our favorite beaches.
Omaha Beach is close enough, is a great walking beach with lots of shells, the golf course is near and there is shopping and several good places to eat. It's a great dog beach with a lot of dog walkers and sometimes, horse-back riders.
new missionaries here after leaving the MTC. It is a wonderful overlook of the whole city, and he points out where the different Zones are.
Sister Fisiihoi is the best at taking "selfies"! She finally got her American visa and left for the Houston, TX mission. We enjoyed our "trio", who worked hard, always seemed to get along, and didn't mind cramming into the back of our car.
This is a massive Kauri slab 22.5 meters long. The museum has displays of working steam sawmills, and furniture and boats made from the very hard kauri wood.
Here are different trunks and how they were transported on wagons pulled by 8-10 bullocks.
Barely missing the rain, we were treated to one of the brightest rainbows we had ever seen.
Unfortunately, our photo does not capture it's true radiance or beauty.
It was a full arch but I could only photograph one side of it.
Last year when we started our mission, we found the wonderful Mormon Message video that tells the story of the quote above, and we showed it to most of the new members we met. We teared up, along with them every time! It is a wonderful message that is true and full of hope!
In August, we shared some great lessons, gave important service, and lifted sad spirits. We had a lot of fun, had some challenges, and weathered another winter. Spring is here and while others keep reminding us that we only have a few weeks left, our focus is on finishing strong, doing as much good as we can do to the last day!
We love our mission and we love all the wonderful members we visit! Why wouldn't everyone want to be a missionary serving full-time! We never thought we would gain more than we've given, but the blessings came soon after we accepted our call even! Heavenly Father is anxious to bless us!
The Church is true! The Book of Mormon is amazing and another testament of Jesus Christ! God loves each of us and we are His children!
We love and pray for you all!
Elder and Sister Martin