Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Prepare for the End!

As I mentioned last week President and Sister Balli will be leaving this next week. They had one last meeting with each Zone to help the Elders and Sister in the Mission to make the transition to the new Mission President. We are sad to see President and Sister Balli go but we know they will have a sweet reunion with their children and grandchildren.  A new chapter is about to begin here in the New Zealand Auckland Mission and we will enjoy getting to know a new President and his wife. We are excited to meet them and to serve with them. The new Mission President is President and Sister Walker from Hawaii. He has been involved with the Management of the Polynesian Cultural Center on the campus of BYU Hawaii.  
We saw these shoes in the trash. Probably some Missionary just wore them out. You will notice that the shoe is completely removed from the sole. The sign of a hard working Missionary.  
We had to go to Kaikohe this weekend to pick up a bike and deliver another. We took that opportunity to go to the farthest northern tip of New Zealand. It is called Cape Reinga, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. You will notice the different blues in the water. They say the ocean is a different temperature that the sea which makes the different colours.  
This Lighthouse sits at the very tip of New Zealand. I am not sure whether it is a working Lighthouse. We didn't get to spend a lot of time there since it was a 3 hour drive back to Whangarei where we were staying. It was also looking like rain and very windy. There is a beach called 90 mile beach on the Tasman sea side of the New Zealand that ends at Cape Reinga. I am not sure why it is called 90 mile beach since it is only 55 miles long and everything here is measured in kilometres. I think they meant to call it 90 kilometre beach and that would be 55 miles.  
When I left for New Zealand, someone wanted me to look for the Red Stags which are native to New Zealand. On our way back from Cape Reinga we found them. I am not sure whether these were wild or not since there were about 30 bucks in this field.   
We also saw these turkeys out eating among the sheep. We haven't seen any turkey meat in the store so we where not sure they raised them here. These may have been wild? Until next time we will say good bye from Elder and Sister Bartlett.            

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