An Historic Mission Leadership Council 7 August 2015

IMG_0553Today was an Historic Day in the Yakima Mission.  We held our first Mission Leadership Council (MLC).   We’ve been looking forward to and preparing for this meeting since our arrival.  Our missionary leaders from all over the mission traveled here this morning (some coming from more than 2 hours away).  We met from 10:00 until 5:30 this evening, discussing our Yakima Mission Vision and Identity, hearing reports from each area, and setting goals for the coming month.  We talked about our Standards of Excellence, Mission Policies and Practices, and then President Lewis, the Assistants and I taught.

Our Yakima Mission is divided into 9 Zones, or areas.  Each Zone has a Zone Leader companionship who leads the missionaries in their area.  We also have 3 Sister Training Leader companionships (STLs).  These Sisters work with all of the Sister missionaries in their areas, training, helping, teaching and cheering them on.  These missionaries are the leadership of our Yakima Mission.  It was thrilling to be with them, to hear their voices, their excitement about the work, and their vision for our new mission.

The spirit of camaraderie and love in the room was amazing.  These are good, kind, obedient and  consecrated missionaries.  They are here for the right reasons and they love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are happy and grateful to share what they know.  Several times today I felt moved to tears as I listened to them share their feelings and commitment to serve and bless others.  It really was a remarkable day.

I’d like you to meet these fine leaders:IMG_0539 Hermana Alcocer and Sister Larsen, Wenatchee

IMG_0540Hermana Cannon and Hermana Leyva, Royal City

IMG_0542Elder Haws and Elder Carter, Cascade Wenatchee, Spanish Zone

IMG_0543Elder Hull and Elder Jensen, Selah Zone

IMG_0544Elder Rosenkrantz and Elder Jensen, Wenatchee Zone

IMG_0545Elder Spackman and Elder Woodward, Yakima Valley Spanish Zone

IMG_0547Elder Archibald and Elder Smith, Assistants, Yakima

IMG_0552Elder Gleed and Elder Guthrie, Ephrata, Spanish Zone

IMG_0551Elder Brady and Elder Wilkey, Yakima Valley Zone

IMG_0550Elder LaFond and Elder Bonzo, The Dalles Zone

IMG_0548Hermana Cain and Hermana Johnson, Yakima

IMG_0573Elder Hudsen and Elder Turley, Othello Zone

IMG_0555Elder Krogue and Elder Oliver, Moses Lake Zone

Here we all are, at work, developing our Mission Statements and Vision for the future:IMG_0556 IMG_0554 IMG_0553 IMG_0557 IMG_0558 IMG_0559 IMG_0560 IMG_0561 IMG_0562 IMG_0563 IMG_0564We also talked about a mission logo, scripture and song and the newsletter.  It was really fun to get everyone’s input and ideas.  I’m pretty excited about the good that will come into this area as these ideas and plans and goals go out from this meeting to all the rest of the missionaries throughout the entire mission.  We are in a good place, with some of the finest missionaries in the world.  There will be miracles here.  You just wait and see!

We had a delicious lunch–Cafe Rio style pork, beans and rice with all the fix-in’s, and fresh apple cobbler for dessert.  These missionaries loved it and ate plenty!IMG_0565 IMG_0567 IMG_0568 IMG_0569 IMG_0570 IMG_0572 IMG_0574IMG_0575IMG_0578IMG_0576IMG_0577IMG_0546

And here we are, all together!IMG_0581 IMG_0583We are grateful to be here with these excellent friends and fellow servants.  Watch out, Yakima, here we come!

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