Monday at the Office

2017-10-16 Monday Office (1)We had a nice day at the office.  Vehicle meeting.  Bicycle meeting.  Staff meeting.  Missionaries.  Mail.  Apples.  New transfer board.  Happy Fall Day!!2017-10-16 Monday Office (2)2017-10-16 Monday Office (3)2017-10-16 Monday Office (4)2017-10-16 Monday Office (5)2017-10-16 Monday Office (6)Here’s how the board looks this transfer:2017-10-16 Monday Office (7)2017-10-16 Monday Office (8)2017-10-16 Monday Office (9)2017-10-16 Monday Office (10)2017-10-16 Monday Office (11)2017-10-16 Monday Office (12)2017-10-16 Monday Office (13)2017-10-16 Monday Office (14)2017-10-16 Monday Office (15)Staff meeting:2017-10-16 Monday Office (18)2017-10-16 Monday Office (19)2017-10-16 Monday Office (20)Bicycle boys:2017-10-16 Monday Office (21)2017-10-16 Monday Office (22)2017-10-16 Monday Office (23)Elder Thompson, always driving missionaries around!2017-10-16 Monday Office (24)Checking who gets mail from whom!2017-10-16 Monday Office (25)2017-10-16 Monday Office (26)2017-10-16 Monday Office (27)2017-10-16 Monday Office (28)2017-10-16 Monday Office (29)

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Selah Stake Correlation Meeting

2017-10-15 zzSelah Stake Correlation (1)Here are a few photos from this afternoon’s Stake Correlation meeting in Selah with our good Stake President Bennett Packard.  Our Zone Leaders do a great job representing their missionaries in these meetings, as they discuss every recent convert and investigator.  I feel our Savior’s love for each individual in these meetings.2017-10-15 zzSelah Stake Correlation (2)2017-10-15 zzSelah Stake Correlation (3)2017-10-15 zzSelah Stake Correlation (4)2017-10-15 zzSelah Stake Correlation (5)

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Yakima Stake Correlation Meeting

2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (1)We had Stake Correlations meetings this afternoon in Yakima and then in Selah.  Here’s a look:2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (2)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (3)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (4)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (5)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (6)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (7)2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (8)Bravo for Excellent Leaders who care about each individual here.  2017-10-15 zYakima Stake Correlation (9)

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Yakima Stake Conference, Sunday Morning Session

2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (1)Every day is a good day in the WYM, but Stake Conference days are ESPECIALLY good!  This morning as I prepared my remarks, it occurred to me that 3 years ago this week, we received a phone call, out of the blue, from Elder Bednar’s office, asking us to come visit with him.  We left there with the feeling that our lives were about to change in a big way.  In the weeks that followed, there were more phone calls and emails and then an invitation to meet with Pres. Eyring in November 2014.  He asked us if we would accept this 3-year mission assignment, not knowing yet, where in the world we’d be sent.  We said yes, and then waited for the assignment to come.  When it arrived and we read, “Washington Yakima Mission,” we had no idea what a gift we’d be handed.

Today I looked out at the 100s of members here in Yakima, and so many dear friends, wondering how I will ever be able to leave some day.  We are so happy to be here.  This is a choice place and we are thrilled to be here.2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (2)Pres Hendricks and lots of our Yakima Zone and Yakima Valley Zone missionaries:2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (3)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (4)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (5)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (6)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (7)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (8)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (9)2017-10-15 Yak Stake Conf Sunday (10)

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Yakima Stake Conference, Saturday Evening Session

2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (1)This afternoon and evening we had our Yakima Stake Conference.  Pres Lewis spoke at the afternoon Priesthood meeting and I spoke at the evening Adult Session.  It was a huge gathering of goodness.  There is strength in numbers and in feeling surrounded by others who care and who are trying their best to be good and to do good.

And it was great to see some of our missionaries there.  Many had to hurry off afterwards because they had rides waiting, but here are a few:2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (2)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (3)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (4)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (5)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (6)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (7)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (8)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (9)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (10)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (11)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (12)2017-10-14 Yakima Stake Conf (13)

Pres Hendricks asked me to speak about ways to prepare our youth to be good missionaries.  I shared several of the points from this excellent advice:

https://yakimamission.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/raising-missionaries-right-8-skills-parents-are-overlooking/

I also told everyone about this wonderful resource to help us learn how to deal with change and stress.  Everyone should read this manual.   You can read it here:

https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/languages/AdjustingMissLife_Booklet_6-7-13.pdf

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Elder Levi Wunderlich and his Family Visit!

2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (2)Today Elder Wunderlich and his family dropped by.  They are on a fabulous Road Trip!  It was wunderbar to hear about their adventures!  What great families we are now connected to!  What a gift.  We have the Best Job Ever.2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (3)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (4)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (5)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (6)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (7)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (8)2017-10-14 Wunderlich Family Visits (9)

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A Baptism in Selah

2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (2)Today was a beautiful day for this beautiful family.  In a small group of friends, Stephanie entered the waters of baptism.  This gospel brings families together in a beautiful way.  We were grateful to be there.2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (3)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (4)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (5)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (6)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (7)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (8)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (10)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (11)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (12)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (13)2017-10-14 Baptism Selah (15)

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