Friday, July 21, 2017

Temple Trip and New Trainers

Due to the Temple closing next week for the 2 week summer cleaning, we took this group of missionaries for a session yesterday, prior to their departure home next Wednesday.  Letting them go never gets easier, its so cliche but the time truly does fly.  These Elders came on our first transfer in the mission.  We have been so blessed to watch them grow in countless ways.  I will miss every one of them.  Look at their beautiful smiles and countenances.  They are full of light.  They know who they are, their purpose, and who they follow.  They are true disciples of Jesus Christ and have come to know him personally.

I glory in plainness, I glory in truth, I glory in MY JESUS for he hath redeemed my soul from hell. 
2 Nephi 33:6

On Monday we will welcome 21 new missionaries to New York.  Today we met with these fabulous trainers.  They are excited and anxious to meet their new companions.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mission Leadership Council ~ MLC

 MLC was held last week Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Scarsdale Chapel.  This was one of the best MLC's we have ever had.  We counseled together, set goals, discussed zone accountability, taught on the Doctrine of Christ, and shared testimony.  These leaders have so much insight and a great desire to move the work forward in the NYNYN mission.  I am so grateful for each of them.  
They are wise beyond their years! 

All of our missionaries have unique talents and gifts and contribute to the success of the mission.  Some are called to various leadership positions, some as trainers and others to help strengthen a particular missionary or area.  Leadership is never a ladder to climb but rather an opportunity to lift. 

"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Matthew 20:25-28

Sunday, July 2, 2017

President and Sister Uchtdorf visit NY

We received a call about a week ago letting us know President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency would be in New York and would like to meet with the missionaries.  Due to his schedule it worked best to meet Sunday morning in Manhattan in conjunction with the Manhattan First Ward Sacrament Meeting.  Needless to say it was a very special experience.  Many of the missionaries were up at 4 am in order to be to Manhattan and in their seats by 8:30 am.  Everyone made it on time!  I was so proud of them.  They looked sharp.  I believe all the Elders had haircuts this past p-day in preparation.  They are so obedient and so wonderful.  President and Sister Uchtdorf both shared their love for the missionaries several times throughout their remarks.  Traveling with them was their daughter Antje and her 17 year old son, Eric.  My kids enjoyed talking with them about different places they had visited in the city.

Below are some of the thoughts I wrote down from President Uchtdorf.

Harriet is the Sunshine of my life ~ speaking of his dear wife, Harriet

A knowledge of the Plan of Salvation makes everything okay.

We can have new beginnings everyday.

Repentance is a gift if we use it as an active act in our lives.

Don't worry!  Does it help to worry...No!

The Sacrament is the most important part of our meeting.  
We listen to the prayers, partake, remember covenants, 
remember the Savior, then move forward.

Our unspoken testimonies are shared by our acts and examples.

New York is a place where new things move forward.

And this is my favorite quote of the day...

"Don't think small
in spiritual things
Don't settle for less
make it your life 
and share it!"

President Uchtdorf requested that all the missionaries come to the front of the chapel following the meeting for a mission picture.  His words were "it would mean so much to Harriet and me to have this photo!"

His security detail took the following photos and sent them to us after.