by GSAs Dave and Joan Baldessari
Childrens Museum of NH Class of 2013
While we were on our shift 3-6pm we noticed a couple come in with a balloon arrangement and standing at the bottom of the escalator. After a few moments Tom Blair President of the New Hampshire Manchester Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, approached us and asked if we could help welcome 5 folks arriving from around the world to start a 2 year mission in the area spanning all of Northern New England and extending into Mass.
Elder Connor Meinzer, and Elder Jonah Kunzler who were coming from assignment in Paris France greeted Joan in French. They were accompanied by Sister Aimee Tobler, Elder Kyler Powell and Sister Anierrei Haner. They are here at their own expense to serve wherever they are asked, and each has a unique live story. For example, Elder Meinzer indicated his family owns a 9,000 acre ranch in Utah and was very enthusiastic when I mentioned the lakes region and Presidential range; he also had questions about Moose sightings and was impressed when we told him of the Moose in our backyard few years back. Also very impressed with the 7,000 miles of groomed ski mobile trails in NH, since his family conducts snowmobile tours on their Utah property.
We also had a very pleasant discussion about family backgrounds.
They asked us where would be the most appropriate place to take a picture commemorating their arrival; we selected the Moose as a symbol of NH. Mission President Tom Blair and his wife Heather insisted we be part of the photos. (attached)
The Elders and Sisters indicated they would be assigned to certain towns and cities within the four State to help family’s with service projects and to help build their faith in God.
Update: March 15 by GSA Tim Adams
Tom Blair was back at the airport on Wednesday meeting another couple of persons starting their 2 year mission here in New England. Both of the new arrivals were heading north and were from Mexico!