Gae's first photo, from hotel

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Beginning

We will go to three days of training in Salt Lake City on January 11, 2010. We will enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo for a week of training on May 10, 2010 and will leave for New Zealand immediately afterwards.

We will be serving in Public Affairs, the public relations department of the church. We will report to the area director, and may be asked to serve in New Zealand or any of several other islands in the area, including Samoa and Fiji. Senior missionaries get to recreate and travel quite a bit more than junior missionaries. For example Terry is definitely taking his fly rod as New Zealand has world-famous trout fishing. Our long-time friends Pat and Paul Strieff are currently serving in Public Affairs in the New Zealand area, and they are assigned to Samoa. Paul snorkels for exercise most days. It may be tough, but we will do our best.
We were required to attach a photo to our missionary application. Here it is. The trees in the background are the quakies that we planted shortly after we moved into our home. When we planted them, the entire bundle of baby trees was about 2 inches in diameter and each tree was about 12 inches tall. Now they are between 20 and 30 feet tall.