Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3-2014 Zone Conferences - Common Threads Across All Zones

The APs train at every Zone Conference. They are so talented, insightful, and often extremely creative in their instruction. This quarter's training on Effective Morning Preparation included a video!

I frequently say to missionaries in the field, ‘You make or break your mission every morning of your life. You tell me how those morning hours go from 6:30 a.m. until you are on the street in your mission, whatever time it is; you tell me how those hours go, and I will tell you how your day will go, I will tell you how your month will go, I will tell you how your year will go and how your mission and your life will go.’   Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

First, the wrong way to prepare for the morning:
Buddy Study?
Followed by the right way!
Companionship Study:
A new mission Rules and Clarifications handbook. More importantly, after January interviews, I compiled all that our missionaries and members have been doing to hasten the work of salvation across the mission. These inspired ideas were shared as a resource, and an invitation extended to our missionaries to invite members to accept Elder S. Gifford Nielson's three invitations in his October general conference talk, "Hastening the Lord's Game Plan." Will you, as friends and family, join us?
1) Specifically pray to bring someone closer to the Savior and His gospel every day.
2) Pray for the missionaries serving in your area and their investigators by name every day.
3) Invite a friend to an activity in or out of your home.
I promise you, as you do so, the Lord will provide a way for you to participate in His great work. Miracles will happen, and you will witness the Lord's hand in your life. You will strengthen your testimony and feel His love daily! I testify that the Lord will empower you to be successful. As I have accepted and acted upon Elder Nielson's invitations since the beginning of February, the Lord has not failed me for a single day!
Missionary Reflections:

Our dearest office couple, Mission Secretary and Financial Officer, will be leaving in May.

Sister Darrington expressed how amazing it is that in a few short days, as each new missionary arrives in the office, she develops a deep love for every one of them. Her love is so sincere that they immediately know and feel her love their first day on the island!

Elder Darrington gets just as choked up as his companion! He loves his mission because of each of our missionaries and how much they inspire him!

This is our APs last transfer. He shared with us an experience during the summer prior to his mission. He was the only member of the Church attending an elite football kickers camp. All those who participated knew what he stood for, and that he had received his mission call to serve a two-year mission in Taiwan. At the conclusion of the camp, his coach put his arm around him and said, calling him by name, "Now don't you get soft on your mission." This fine elder now testifies that it was impossible for him not to become softened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ! How grateful he is that his mission had changed his life forever!
He encouraged missionaries to develop four loves: love for God, to know who He is; love for the people of Taiwan; love for each area in which you serve; love for your companion.

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