So guys, I wrote this last week as a part of my new job working for the church in Social Media. Hope you like it… it clicks through to the LDS Pacific page. 🙂 

On the face of it, the Katchners are just another missionary couple from Utah with a fold-out wallet of family photos. They blend right in with many other Americans who live the dream by serving in New Zealand.

However, they’ve not swapped the 10 bedroom all-American ranch house for a Kiwi beach town vacation. They sold up everything, flew out on faith and arrived with all the financial odds against them. In essence “there was no way we’d financially be able to serve.”

As you can imagine, a series of tear-jerking financial miracles happened; help from their ward and assistance from their family made it possible for this couple who drove a company car and rented a home to find a way to save “just enough for rent, food and gas in the field.”

At the same time they were preparing to serve a mission, the Raglan Branch in New Zealand was praying for a way out of the, almost comical attempts the congregation made at following the Church’s CD hymn accompaniments. “It was difficult to be reverent when we’d come in too soon for the sacrament hymn and all be singing at different times, the room would be scattered with giggles.”

It wasn’t long after arriving that Elder Kartchner was approached by the branch president, “So, your wife tells me that you can sort of play the piano.” A little shocked, Elder Katchner was now torn between wanting to serve and having to confront a draining fear. “I had no fingers, why would I play?”

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