Gae has fully recovered from her ‘split’ injury (see previous post, not bowling split). It took many weeks to get well and she had to spend a lot of time in the flat resting and healing. We are grateful to all our friends and family for many kind words and prayers.
Our work in Public Affairs has been very interesting and very busy. We have the privilege of regular association with four general authorities of the Seventy. Elder Tad R. Callister is the President of the Pacific Area. Elders Brent H. Nielson and James J. Hamula are his counselors; they all reside here in Takapuna, New Zealand. We also have frequent contact with Michael A. Roberts, who is the priesthood advisor for the National Public Affairs Council in New Zealand and for the Auckland Multi-Stake Public Affairs Council. We feel it is a rare privilege and a blessing for us.
For the last week and a half, Terry worked on a 20-minute video of Elder Callister about the importance of Public Affairs in the Pacific and our goals for next year, to be presented to the Australia National Public Affairs Council at their annual meeting. It was a very condensed schedule due to Elder Callister’s travel schedule, but everything stayed on schedule and the video turned out well. Next, the video will be edited slightly for use by all of the Public Affairs councils in the Pacific. Terry had lots of help from our Public Affairs team (including Gae), the videographer that works in the office, and from a very good video editor, Mike and Michel Ramirez, respectively. Michel is Mike’s daughter. It was very interesting work - Terry and Gae’s first experience on professional video production.
Our New Zealand Auckland Mission held a mission-wide zone conference three weeks ago. Richard Hinckley, of the Seventy and Gordon B. Hinckley’s son , spoke. He is very spiritual and gave a very engaging talk about “be attitudes” additional to his father’s. He also talked about his mother’s passing and gave insights into his parents’ lives. He called for questions from the missionaries and answered them with wisdom and humor. Gae and I felt spiritually filled after the meeting.
|Gannets at Muriwai|
|Gae at Muriwai Beach|
|Gannets at Muriwai, surfers in background|