Thursday, May 26, 2016

5-26-16 Mission Leadership Council

President extends a warm welcome to our newest mission leaders:
Office elders give us an update on the new reporting system:
 President reviewing mission statistics with mission leaders:
 Counseling together on upward trends:

 Lunch together at the mission home: BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad!

 If the elders like healthy chick food, I'm happy and their mothers are happy too!
 More 72-hour kit peanut butter to make Scotcheroos!
 Afternoon session starts with the hymn, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel"!
 Assistants have an object lesson on planning:
 Get all the rocks and sand into the jar, then screw the lid on:
 Not looking like they will fit:(
 Let's work together, giving his companion a shot at it:
 The rocks are in, now for the sand:
 Haha, we're too far from the beach...improvise with pancake mix!
 Some gentle pats from below:
 Yeah, success!
 What conclusions can you draw from doing it...
 The Wrong Way?
 Planning for Success:
 Step by step, from one of our former assistants:
 Practicing using the 13 steps to plan:

Our final Mission Leadership Council instruction to our mission leaders:
Effective PMG Planning and Teaching
  • Good personal study, know the lessons. 
  • Teach with spiritual power. 
  • Teach by the spirit and help others make and keep commitments. 
  • Focus on commitments & baptismal interview questions. 
  • Know Feel Do lessons!
  • Work with your companion.
  • Customize your lesson for each investigator. Identify invitations you will extend. 
  • Lesson accountability: evaluate each lesson to improve.
  • Actively work to teach with greater power. 
  • Learn to rely on the Spirit (Worthy, Obedient, Diligent). 
  • Teach in unity, pray for your companion!
  • The quality and power of your teaching will help investigators to understand and accept the Restored Gospel!
From Elder Dallin H. Oaks' general conference talk: 
"Opposition in the form of difficult circumstance we face [on our mission]
is also part of the plan that furthers our growth [on our mission]."

Although we make prepare and study, make plans, and exercise faith, opposition is essential to growth on a mission. Missionaries face opposition in many different ways. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, they have learned to exercise faith, humble themselves, rely on the spirit, and experience joy and growth through overcoming opposition. Then they can go forth to teach and minister to the missionaries they lead. 
After President's closing remarks and testimony, 
we closed our last mission leadership council with the mission song:

Our June mission leaders:

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