Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Pictures



Kia Ora parents my name is Wayne Tarawhiti and my dad is the MTC president in NZ I arrived back here in Lehi UT today and u just thought I'd send you a pic of your missionary and to let you know that are doing well and they love serving the parents think the world of them....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 21, 2014

family and friends! things are great in the howick ward! the members here are the bomb! the bishop is very funny and they are so willing to work! we are having trouble teaching people cuz we got double shifted in but we are working hard every day! my and elder brown are in a car but our area isnt to big just lots of hills. i have some way sick elders in my zone! my zone leader elder kump from arizona is playing football at scotts dale and is getting recruited by byu he just tore his acl his senior year of high school. elder talamavow played lineman for the u of u! and we played rugby once on p day and i killed it of course. im kinda a big deal here;)) well love you all! and still not one dinner with the members;))

Christmas Phone Call

December 14, 2014

Dear Families

The missionary handbook teaches:

"You may telephone your parents on Christmas day and one other time during the year (usually Mother's Day), according to guidelines from your mission president.  Take care that these calls do not pull your thoughts away from your service or create a financial problem for your family.  Keep them short (preferably no longer than 30 or 40 minutes).  Other than these calls, do not telephone family members or friends unless you have permission from your mission president."

This email is to let you know that your missionary son or daughter will be phoning home on Thursday 25th December, we ask you to help them be obedient to this privilege by:

*  Remembering that the phone call is only to be 30-40 minutes long.
*  Make this call an uplifting and positive experience for everyone.

Because of the differences in time zones all missionaries will be able to place their call so that they will be able to talk with you on your Christmas day.  You may want to email them and set a convenient time for them to call.

Unfortunately we will not be allowing video calls as we can’t consistently use it across the mission.  Each Elder and Sister will purchase their own phone/calling card to make the phone call to you.

We are so grateful to have your son or daughter serving in the New Zealand Auckland Mission (the greatest mission in the world!!!!!).  Thank you for raising such a wonderful missionary.

We want you to know that we love them and feel blessed to have them serving here with us.  May you and your family continue to be blessed while they are serving the Lord here in New Zealand.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

President and Sister Balli
New Zealand Auckland Mission

December 14, 2014

family and friends! another week gone in great new zealand:)  mom if you could tell stevie petersen thanks for the package i would love that. and be sure to send it to family. i am all good ! ha except every single one of our meal apointments have canceled sense i got here so i have been kinda hungry.. makes me miss misses holdmand rice and chicken, and aspens famous paniniis and oreo shakes;) haha i will let you know when i will call!

love you all:)

December 13, 2014

yes i am getting the news! thank you! haha ya i have found a few recruites and still getting more;) all the rugby players wanna play gridiorn. but wow way to go gary! what are the other bowl games? and i think it will be my christmas day

December 7, 2014

hey mom and dad and family and friends!

well i am not breaking the sabath it is monday here. and a rainy monday. just a update! my companion is elder brown from ceder city a very tall kid who is so good! we are in a smallish area called pakarunga and the ward here is the bomb dot com. the flat is kinda small but its a cozy place! and the members here feed us so well. we have one investigator a 70 year old philipino who is a scout! a wood badge scout. so ya dad you would get along with him so well;) oh mom i know some people have sent you pictures of me from the mtc one of them is mr tarawhiti he is the mtc presidents son and the byu rugby coach he was so cool! mom if you could send them to aspen at i would love that:)

i am safe and good! love you all

elder cook

Welcome New Missionaries

December 3, 2014
We welcome your missionary to the New Zealand Auckland Mission!  We wanted you to know how excited we are to have them here.  We will send more information tomorrow.
Love, President and Sister Balli

4 December, 2014
Dear Brother and Sister Cook,
It was a great pleasure to welcome your son, Elder Cook, to the New Zealand, Auckland
Mission. He arrived in good health, ready to begin his missionary labors with a people who are
full of faith and love. He is a credit to you both and we appreciate the privilege of having him
here in the mission.
Elder Cook's new companion Elder Brown, his trainer will help your son adjust to missionary life.
They have been assigned to work in the Panmure area. We are confident
that as they work diligently together that The Lord will bless them and they will experience the
joy of seeing our Heavenly Father's children progress towards baptism in His church.
Your son will look forward to your weekly letters of encouragement and support. Monday is
his preparation day and the time allocated to him to write emails home to you. All mailed letters
should be sent to the Mission Office (see address above.)
Thank you for all you have done to prepare your son for his mission. Please feel free to contact
us with any questions or concerns. President and I will do everything in our power to help him
have a wonderful and productive mission. We pray The Lord will bless and sustain you in his
Sincerely yours,
President and Sister Balli
New Zealand Auckland Mission

First Preparation Day

December 1, 2014
hey it is finally our official p day mom and dad.i ship out tomorrow. things are very well. i am sorry about grandpa. the plane ride, well i made it.the food is ok. the people are nice. im just working away!

oh and i was the zone leader in the mtc

Goodbye Grandpa Cook

New Zealand Auckland Mission
To me Nov 20
Dear Brother & Sister Cook,

We are very sad to hear your news.  Your son, Elder Kevin Cook will have started at the NZ MTC and has not arrived here at the NZ Auckland Mission yet, but we will forward your email on to them. I am sure someone will break the news gently to him.  It is so fortunate that they had their farewells before starting his journey here.

We are looking forward to meeting your son in a couple of weeks when we collect him from the MTC, in the meantime if there is anything we can do to assist in any way, please let us know.


Sister Reeves
Mission Secretary
Ph +64 9485 3152


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