Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014

April is a beautiful time in New York! The trees and bushes are starting to bloom. The weather is getting warmer, and the daylight is lasting longer. We are so grateful for the promise of spring after a long winter. April is a wonderful time to reflect on the life and resurrection of our Savior. "I know that my Redeemer lives", brings us all great comfort.
This April has been full of so many wonderful blessings. We had our Mission Presidents Seminar in Washington DC, we had a new couple come, (the Clarks from Calgary Canada), and we were all blessed to watch General Conference. Our good friend, and Stake President in the Westchester Stake, Jeff Taylor helped to produce 2 amazing videos for this Easter Season. Our missionaries have used these videos over and over to help teach the gospel in their lessons.
Starting today, what will you do to make this world a better place?
Because of Him, our lives have been richly blessed. His message is pure, His gospel is true, and because of Him, we all will live again.

We were so blessed to have our Mission Presidents Seminar this month. The North America Northeast Area presidents and wives met in Washington DC. We were blessed to be instructed by Elder L. Tom Perry, Elder Gifford Nielsen, Elder Hallstrom, Elder Perkins, and Elder Rasband and their wives. We love our area mission presidents and their wives and we feel so lucky to be serving with all of them.
The National Cathedral in Washington DC
President Mark and Karlan Richards, Baltimore Maryland Mission
Sister Barbara Perry and Sister Morgan
We are excited to welcome Elder Ross and Sister Anna Clark to our mission. They will be serving in Harlem as an MLS couple. They are from Calgary, Canada. We were able to take them to dinner, with the assistants and a few other missionaries to Sylvia's Soul Food in Harlem for dinner.
Chicken and waffles
Elder and Sister Clark and the Morgans
Every 6 months between the Sunday sessions of General Conference we have the Westchester Zone for waffles. It's been a fun tradition for our mission.
We had 12 new missionaries join us this month. Each new missionary brings their own talents and personalities to the mission. We love meeting them at the airport and having them stay in the mission home that evening. The next morning they get their I-pads and have some instruction, then it's off to transfers.
Sister Lotito had been sick at the MTC and joined us just a week after transfers. She is a darling missionary from Chile and we are thrilled to have her here with us.
Area book, Planner, Facebook, using technology to teach the gospel is such a blessing.
Elder Christensen, Elder Kuo, Elder Segura, Elder Brown, Elder Haycock, Elder Palakiko, Elder Hoganson, Sister Hobbs, Sister Eastman, Sister Amorim, Sister Keeling
City Transfers
Elder Taylor conducting transfer meeting
Meeting your new companion
Elder Kerr conducting the upstate transfer meeting
Upstate transfers
Sister Awerkamp meeting Sister Amorim for the first time
"When such a friend from us departs, We hold forever in our hearts,
A sweet and hallowed memory, bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee."
We are so thankful for these faithful missionaries who returned home this transfer. They have served well and worked hard.
Elder Sherman, Elder Farnsworth, Elder Witbeck, Elder Potter, Elder Fox, Elder Zander, Elder Blonquist, Sistery Dalley, Sister Barker, Sister Valdez
NYNY NORTH****Loyal to the core!

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