Doctrine of Christ Training in Yakima

2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (1)Here is this afternoon’s group of handsome Elders from our southern parts.  Don’t they look great?  These are our 7 week here missionaries and their companions.  We bring them all back in at 7 weeks for our favorite Doctrine of Christ Training.  Tomorrow we will repeat these trainings in Quincy with the missionaries from the northern parts.

Again, the APs conducted the meeting.   Pres Lewis teaches about the Path and Baptism. 2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (2)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (4)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (5)The arrival of these missionaries!2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (6)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (7)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (8)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (9)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (10)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (11)

Then I teach (45 min or so) from 2 Nephi 31-33 about the Doctrine of Jesus Christ as taught in Nephi’s Last Lecture.

Then Pres Lewis teaches from Helaman 5:16 to the end. Nephi & Lehi and Aminadab helping others Turn. Light and Darkness. Contrast. Turning to God. Conversion. Such beautiful scriptures.  2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (12)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (13)

Then the APs teach about Bringing the Book of Mormon to life with new investigators and we do some role plays and Pres Lewis gives some concluding remarks.  It’s a powerful, doctrinal meeting.  One of my favorites.2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (14)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (15)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (16)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (17)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (18)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (19)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (20)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (22)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (23)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (25)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (26)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (27)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (29)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (30)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (32)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (33)

A glance out the window at the falling snow.  Pray for the fruit trees!!2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (24)Then it was time to shoo them all out the door before the roads through the pass were too dangerous.2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (34)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (35)2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (36)Elder Dale put my cleaned out dust-free computer back together and I am a HAPPY CAMPER!  He was pretty happy to help me too!  I am grateful.2018-2-20 z DoC Yakima (37)Tomorrow morning we’ll drive to Quincy to meet with our northern part missionaries, then we’ll start Interviews and be up north for the rest of the week, finishing up with Stake Conference Saturday and Sunday in Othello.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

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Trainer & Trainee Training at the Mission Home

2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (1)Missionaries arrived this morning at 9:00 for the first of 2 specialized trainings today.  Our first group of 14 included all of the brand new missionaries serving in the southern half of the mission.  We are grateful for the good members who help transport them here.  How fun to see our newest missionary friends!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (2)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (3)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (4)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (5)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (6)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (7)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (8)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (9)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (10)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (11)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (12)We are ready to go!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (13)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (14)Elder Walker and Elder Anderson conduct these meetings.  We begin with introductions.  Each missionary introduces their companion.  We learn some interesting things!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (16)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (17)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (18)Here is this new group, just last week as they each arrived!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (19)Then Pres Lewis began by teaching about our Missionary Purpose and how and why we do what we do.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (20)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (21)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (22)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (24)Elder Walker taught about Humility.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (25)Elder Anderson taught about obedience.  These are the two keys to being a good missionary.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (26)Then Elder Hibbard, on of our Trainers, talked about the 12 Week Program, which each of these companionships is in right now.  It gets everyone off on the right start, learning the skills they need to know to be good teachers and missionaries.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (27)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (28)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (29)Then we had a short break.  Tangerines and granola bars!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (30)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (31)Then the new missionaries stayed downstairs and met with the APs while the Trainers went upstairs with Pres Lewis.  These new missionaries shared experiences, scary and inspirational!2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (32)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (33)Then they practiced teaching the Restoration lesson simply in 5 minutes or less.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (34)Pres Lewis talked to the Trainers about their important role and how to best help their new companions learn and progress in all the right ways.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (35)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (36)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (37)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (38)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (39)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (40)Our Trainers:2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (41)We concluded the training with Elder Holland’s wonderful talk you can listen to here.  We start at 37:48 and show it until the end.  I never tire of listening to Elder Holland.

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And Elder Dale offered to help me with my computer.  It keeps dying–it just turns off when I’m in the middle of important things.  He said it could be dust or overheating from dust.  Sure enough, when he opened it up, it had plenty of dust inside.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (55)Everyone got a quick computer lesson.2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (53)Blowing out the dust in my computer:2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (57)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (58)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (54)2018-2-20 TT&T Yakima (56)What great missionaries we have.  It’s a joy being with them.  They are filled with light and goodness.

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Monday at the Office

2018-2-19 Monday Office (1)We had a few new faces at the office today!  The weather has turned colder again, with some snow flurries during the night.  We are all hoping the cherries and peaches will be spared.2018-2-19 Monday Office (2)2018-2-19 Monday Office (3)2018-2-19 Monday Office (4)2018-2-19 Monday Office (5)2018-2-19 Monday Office (6)2018-2-19 Monday Office (8)2018-2-19 Monday Office (9)2018-2-19 Monday Office (10)Bro Van De Venter washed our car for us!  He also brought some hot popcorn!  We love the Van De Venters!2018-2-19 Monday Office (11)2018-2-19 Monday Office (12)2018-2-19 Monday Office (13)2018-2-19 Monday Office (20)This afternoon after our staff meeting, we had a lunch meeting.  Sis McKeen made a delicious lunch for all of us.  Wow, it was good.2018-2-19 Monday Office (14)2018-2-19 Monday Office (15)2018-2-19 Monday Office (16)2018-2-19 Monday Office (19)2018-2-19 Monday Office (22)A few more visitors this afternoon:2018-2-19 Monday Office (24)2018-2-19 Monday Office (25)2018-2-19 Monday Office (23)Here’s a look at the Transfer Board with all the changes:2018-2-19 Monday Office (26)2018-2-19 Monday Office (27)2018-2-19 Monday Office (28)2018-2-19 Monday Office (29)2018-2-19 Monday Office (30)2018-2-19 Monday Office (31)Back to work again!2018-2-19 Monday Office (21)

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Selah Stake Correlation Meeting

2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (1)This afternoon we met with our Selah Stake President and missionary leaders for a Stake Correlation Meeting.  You can see we have a good time at these meetings.  Every investigator and member matters.  These good men care for others.2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (2)2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (5)2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (7)Elder North and Elder Donakey, Selah Zone Leaders:2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (9)Elder Hoogland and Elder Davis, Yakima Valley Spanish Zone Leaders:2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (10)Pres. Reynolds and the Pendleburys, who dropped by:2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (11)Counseling, ever counseling.2018-2-18 Selah Stake Correlation (12)

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Sunday in Yakima

IMG_7843We attended church today in the Yakima Meadowbrook Ward with Elder Sorenson and Elder Glancy.  It was great to see them and other friends.

We were especially happy to see Ray and Kelsey and their family.  Ray joined the church in 2015.  They were sealed in the temple in November.  What a happy family!IMG_7846IMG_7856

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Three Yakimite Beauties Drop By. Road Trip from BYU-Idaho!

IMG_7830I’m trying to use their first names, but it’s hard.  To me, these are still Sister Torman, Sister McCourt and Sister Michalek!  We had a great visit this evening.  They’re on their way to Lindsey Strobel’s mission farewell in Moses Lake tomorrow.  What a happy reunion that will be for these Sisters!IMG_7831IMG_7832IMG_7833We have about 25, maybe more, missionaries attending BYU-I right now.  It was fun to hear all about them and what’s going on out there in the world with our good missionaries.  We had a great visit!IMG_7834Mali bracelets!IMG_7836IMG_7838IMG_7839Family, Forever!IMG_7840

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Elder Sam Bawden Visits!

IMG_7822What a delight to see Elder Sam Bawden this afternoon and meet his family!  They’ve come from the Salt Lake area and are on a road trip here this weekend.   We love it when missionaries drop by!IMG_7826

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