Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Worldwide Missionary Broadcast

Sorry, I've been a little silent on the blog.  Dave is in the middle of interviewing the missionaries.  This takes days, actually weeks each transfer cycle.  I don't get a lot of pictures during this time.  The schedule used to be that zone conferences and interviews were held every other transfer, but 2 transfers ago this was changed that each transfer we would do both.  It is exciting but busy!  Exciting because it keeps us more closely connected to the missionaries but busy because there is always so much to do!  We love it though and being anxiously engaged in the work of the Lord is the best work ever.

Today was a worldwide missionary broadcast for all 74,000 plus missionaries throughout the world.  William and I went down to Manhattan and watched it with the Manhattan South Zone.  Actually William played basketball for a couple of hours with some buddies that also homeschool and live in the city.  He loves the flexibility he has right now!

Elder Oaks was the presiding authority along with Elder Bednar, Elder Andersen, Sister Oscarson, Bishop Waddell, Elder Brent Nielson and Steve Allen, managing director of the missionary department.  They are all members of the missionary executive council.  Can I just say it was awesome!!!  We heard from all of them.  The Lord really LOVES his missionaries and expresses this through his living Apostles and church leaders.  The meeting was uplifting, inspiring, positive, full of faith and hope.  Immediately following the broadcast, each zone discussed "therefore, what?"  This is a learning process we use following meetings.  We have been taught and instructed so what are we going to do now?  Following the zone discussions we got on a mission wide conference call and each zone contributed thoughts from their zone discussion.  Below is a picture of the list compiled.  Our missionaries are so faithful and trying their best!  Oh how I love each of them and their desire to be acceptable to the Lord and be valiant in his work.  Following the conference call one of our sweet sisters in Manhattan asked "may we please have a prayer of gratitude"?  It was a sacred moment.  We are seeing miraculous blessings in the New York New York North Mission!!

Here are a few quotes from todays meeting:

"Speak and testify of Christ in all things. Always keep his name on your lips.  Testify of Him"

"Revelation builds upon itself."

"You have a responsibility to bear witness of the Savior.  
You, missionaries are witnesses of Jesus Christ."
-Elder Anderson

"Be as good as you can be.  God will magnify you and make you all that you can become."

"Line upon line, precept upon precept- that is a great model all of us should pay attention to."
-Elder Bednar

"Great spiritual experiences begin with desire."

"Miss no opportunity to serve as Christ did.  Remember who you are."

"You are called to do His work, to teach His doctrine in His way, to do His will."

"I invoke the blessings of the Lord upon you."
-Elder Oaks 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Zone Conferences and New Sisters

Zone Conferences are a wonderful time to counsel together and to be taught by the Spirit.  Elder Bednar teaches us to "prepare to learn" so we always give the missionaries assignments ahead of time to prepare for Zone Conference.  We then come together to "interact to edify". We expect the missionaries to go forth with faith following the conference and "act in doctrine".  

"And now come, saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, 
and let us reason together, that ye may understand; 
Let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face.
Now, when a man reasoneth he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man,
 even so will I, the Lord, reason with you that you may understand.  
Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question-unto what were ye ordained?
To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth.
Doctrine & Covenants 50:10-14 

"Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once;
 but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have 
spoken that all may be edified of all and that every man may have an equal privilege".
Doctrine & Covenants 88:122

Yorktown Stake
Stamford & Yorktown Zones
Held on Tuesday, January 10th at the New Canaan Buidling 

We LOVE our new whiteboards from Clarus Glassboards.  Special shoutout to Robby Whites and Jeremy Rincon!

Stamford Zone

Yorktown Zone

On Wednesday we were so happy to welcome Sister Engmann and Sister Sine. 
 They have been serving at Temple Square and will spend 2 transfers with us in New York.  
Both will be serving in Kingsbridge in the Bronx.

Meeting companions!

Sister Engmann
Sister Sine

Manhattan Stake 
Manhattan North, Manhattan Central, Manhattan South & Chinatown Zones
Held on Thursday, January 12th at the Lincoln Center Building 

Sure love these two office Elders.  They sacrifice sleep when we have Zone Conferences to make sure they are there early enough to have everything set up and ready to go.  They never complain and are so happy to help with whatever is needed.    An office Elder usually serves 1-2 transfers in the office. They deliver mail, help with any apartment moves, help the office staff with various tasks, set up and take down all meetings and still find time to work in their area and share the gospel wherever they go.  They are always dependable, obedient Elders as they are very visible throughout the mission.

I apologize we didn't get "zone selfies" at this zone conference.