Friday, July 24, 2009
In the mission we give our missionaries an opportunity to work on their gospel scholarship program, which includes memorizing scriptures, working out of PMG to apply gospel principles, reading, and working on their own personal accomplishments. The numbers seem to be increasing every Zone Conference where we award levels 1-5 to the individual missionaries. It is a wonderful thing that they have that desire, but when I started the certificate part of the program I didn't realize that I would be doing over 127 calligraphy names on the certificates. Just a small service I can give for all the work they put into this award.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We do a lot of training in the mission. Every Zone Conference and Interview training we pick an area that our missionaries could use some improvement on. This time I chose Finding. When our missionaries don't have anyone to teach, they need to go and find them. That may include knocking on doors, street contacting, media referrals, etc. This is a very difficult area for missionaries. You have to be bold, go out of your comfort zone and have faith that Heavenly Father will direct you to those "who are seeking for the truth and know not where to find it". This was a visual activity where we discovered that we need to be wearing our "FINDING" hats all of the time, not just when we have some time to go out to find. We let them choose hats out of a bag along with an activity that a missionary always is involved in. The FINDING HAT is to be worn all the times. I think they enjoyed it!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Let me introduce you to Jackie. Jackie was going through some very difficult times in her life. She has 5 children, 2 of the younger ones are autistic. He husband left her and she was searching for something meaningful in her life. As she was looking in the phone book for a church she could turn to. She came across the name of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She called the number and a member told her to come to church on Sunday. That's where it all began. The members embraced her and helped her through her difficult days. She said she had been to many churches before but they didn't appreciate her bringing her two unruly autistic children. We met Jackie in a Stake Conference that we spoke in, when she was introduced to us. She said she was investigating our church but had been so impressed with the love she had received and the principles of the church she had learned. We told her when she had her baptismal date we wanted to be there. Three weeks later Jackie and her 3 oldest children were baptised. The chapel was full of members who were there to support her. They loved Jackie and she loved them. I don't think I have seen such an embrace in the gospel for a new convert as I saw in Jackie and her 3 children that night. She had been led to have the gospel in her life at a time when she not only needed love and support, but also needed the gospel to bless her. What a privilege it was to witness that event.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Twelve new missionaries arrived on Tuesday. Elder Taylor, Elder Angelos, Elder Kennington, Elder Dyer, Elder King, Elder Hall, Elder Seal, Elder Mondell, Elder Hildalgo, Elder Hansen, Sisters Williams and Pehrson.