Today we met with the southern part of our mission in Yakima Stake Center for day 2 of Zone Conferences. Missionaries traveled from as far as The Dalles to be here. The local Elders set up all the chairs and tables last night so we would be ready to go. Then the some basketball players came in early this morning and took everything down! We had everything put back together in no time! At about 8:00 everyone started arriving. It is so fun to watch the Elders and Sisters greet each other. Many have served together in different areas, and are re-united here in our meetings. There are always lots of hugs and handshakes and catching up. Elder Packer interviewed a handful of missionaries to help him get a feel for this area, then at 8:30 we met with our Zone Leaders and STLs for a little prep instruction.
Here are our wonderful Missionaries as they came in from their areas:
Elder and Sister Packer President Lewis addressed us first, teaching about faith in Jesus Christ–as a doctrine and as a key part of missionary work. He focused on building faith in the missionaries and we had an excellent discussion about Ether 12:3-22.
My topic was on becoming more effective teachers. We talked about 1.) Trusting your Voice and 2.) Trusting your Feelings because the Spirit works through both.
Then Sister Packer gave some tips on how to bring the Spirit to missionary work (companionship unity, clean apartments, exact obedience, and using Family History) and Elder Packer taught from John 15:16 and we discussed the difference between Testimony (knowing and feeling) and Conversion (doing and becoming).
Lunch was prepared and served by these wonderful local Yakima sisters–delicious pulled pork sandwiches and salads with cookies and brownies for dessert. After lunch, we all sang our thanks to these sisters: Elder Packer spoke to us again this afternoon after an hour of training from our Assistants, Elder Smith and Elder Archibald. We had discussions on developing faith in our companionships (how to help each other) and did some role plays on keeping discussions positive when things don’t turn out as you hope they will.
Sisters Taua and Moetala did a beautiful musical number. They sang a piece called “Learn of Me.” These Sisters are wonderful!At the end of the conference, we gave out our first every Yakima Mission Newsletter. It was exciting and everyone loved it. We’ve had a lot of fun putting it together.
We are so happy to be here. Thanks to all for a fabulous day!
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