Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 2015

     February began with a temple trip for the second half of the mission.  This first picture is Elders Moon, Curtis, McDowell, Moses, Tima, Berkheimer, Tavo, and Hisita.The second is of Elders Brown, Alcazar, Berkheimer, Chappell, Moses, Buckner, Oliphant, and Anderson with Elders Hisita, Noh, Albrecht, and Nelson in back.

     Our theme for zone conference was the Holy Ghost and His role in our missionary work.  For the next 3 months our district meetings and zone training meetings will relate to this theme.  Elder Holland asks missionaries to ponder, "Was the Holy Ghost the senior companion today, the junior companion, or was He even in our companionship today?" Preach My Gospel teaches missionaries, "Trust the Spirit to guide you in every aspect of your work."

Sister Eaton with Sisters Webb, Flamm, Walker, and Ripplinger

Elders Holtry, Gardner, Anderson, Freeman, Anderson, Holden, Downing, and Jenkins

Elders Downs, Davidson, Gonzalez, Polson, Johnson, and Quackenbush

Elders Brown, Warner, Allen, Herbert, Clauson, and Lemmon

Elders Taliauli, Snyder, Anderton, Cairo, Lee-Wen, and Gonzalez

Sisters Sasagi, Peterson, Loeak, Jeffrey, Wright, and Singer

Elders Nelson, Bakes, Jones, Johnson, Eliason, Quist, and Kim

Singing our thanks to Auburn for our lunch

Elders Noh, Kim, Hisita, Mousser, Cook, Erekson, Berkheimer, and Moses

Sister Davis, Simmons, Gray, Ballard, Walker, Higashi (seamstress), and Nowlin

Celebrating birthdays

Thanking the lunch sisters

Elders Wagstaff, Barron, Smith, Takooa, Thomas, Russell, and Ludlow

Elders Tan, Maxwell, Lappalainen, Olsen, Bennett, Kelly, and Palo

Sisters Hill, Webb, Soliz, Peacock, Heiner, Clement, Halford, and Cauley

Birthday and clean car awards

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015

     Mission Leadership Council this month focused on faith to find investigators (a follow up from Elder Hamula's visit) and working with members. (Front: Sisters Pearson, Flamm, & Ballard, Pres. & Sis. Eaton, Sisters Ah-Hong, Clement, Goaslind, and Heaton; Middle: Elders Gamble, Quackenbush, Wilcox, Eliason, Russell, Gardner, Moses, Meyer, and Ludlow; Back: Elders Tuimaualuga, Freeman, Johnson, Downing, Berkheimer, Erekson, Batchelor, Kim, and Cook)

     We said goodbye to these beloved missionaries--Front: Sisters Goaslind, Carlin, Dubon, Sis. & Pres. Eaton, Sisters Parry, Ah-Hong, Pearson, and Heaton; Back: Elders Johnson, Tuimaualuga, Grant, and Rogers

     And welcomed these! (Front: Sisters Ketchum, Lucky, Gray, Caulley, and Heiner; Middle: Sisters Oh, Mortensen, Sis. & Pres. Eaton, Sisters Leach, and Wright; Back: Elders Lappaleinen, Fenton, Smith, Takooa, Benton, and Anderson)

     We had a special training for district leaders and a special training for sister training leaders as well.  (Front: Sisters Flamm, Hill, Clement, with Sis. & Pres. Eaton; Back: Sisters Ballard, Walker, and Webb)

     Elder Daniel Johnson of the Seventy called a meeting this month with all stake presidents and bishops in the mission as well as our mission leadership council.  He outlined a protocol where missionaries would meet with members, have a prayer, teach a gospel principle, and then extend the invitation to the member to ponder who the Lord has prepared in their sphere of contact to meet with the missionaries.  Members are then challenged to invite the person who came to mind.  As I sat in with one break out group where missionaries were trying to implement this counsel with the stake president and bishops from their zone, the Spirit was very strong.  President Eaton, with the help of the assistants, also outlined a series of steps to help those who aren't ready for that challenge to take steps in that direction.  The missionaries would serve as consultants for ideas to move along that path, with the end goal to meet Elder Ballard's invitation of having members invite people to meet with missionaries once each quarter (see October 2014 General Conference).

     Another highlight of the month was our annual trip to the Seattle temple!  Half of the mission went in January, and the other half will go the first week in February.  Hopefully I'll be able to post more pictures of these excursions next month. Here's one showing Sisters Peterson, Orr, Frischknecht, Cauley, Halford, Heiner, and Sonasi.