Mission Leadership Council

2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (11)This morning our mission leaders came in from every zone in the mission. We have 9 companionships of zone leaders and 4 sets of Sister Training Leaders (STLs).  We meet every month at the mission home to discuss the affairs of the mission.  This is a fabulous meeting.  We spend a good deal of time planning and preparing for it.  We love meeting with these excellent leaders.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (7)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (6)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (14)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (15)Joining us for the first time today in our MLC were these new leaders:  Sister Skousen, Hermana Hansen, Elder Bonzo, Elder Gaburel, Elder Taele, Elder Roe and Elder Anderson.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (17)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (18)Singing “Called to Serve”2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (21)President Lewis and I did the first training sessions.  I taught On Becoming (to Do vs. to BE).  President Lewis taught about Changing our Hearts to become New.  When Elder Christofferson was here for Stake Conference, he said “Heavenly Father didn’t send us all down to earth only to return back to Him the same.”  He said, “We wants us to come back a different person.” We are sent here to learn and to change. 2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (22)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (24)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (25)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (26)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (27)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (28)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (30)Then we talked about be recognizable as representatives of Jesus Christ.  Below is instruction from our white missionary handbooks:2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (31)Then we discussed some Return & Report results that have come in from questionnaires sent out to all the zone leaders.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (34)We also questioned them about P-Day practices and talked about how we might improve.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (39)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (43)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (44)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (45)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (47)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (48)

2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (55)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (59)Next the APs gave a training on Becoming Better Teachers, which we’ve been focusing on the last 2 transfers.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (65)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (67)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (68)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (69)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (71)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (77)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (78)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (79)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (81)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (84)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (92)We divided into 3 groups and did a really fun new sort of role play, with each missionary teaching one of the fundamental principles of the Plan of Salvation lesson.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (94)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (98)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (100)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (104)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (107)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (109)Then just before lunch we took our group photo:2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (121)OK, lunch today was KILLER GOOD.  I fixed a German meal.  Bratwurst, fried potatoes with onion, Sauerkraut, coleslaw, broccoli salad, watermelon, cantaloupe, chips, pickles and lemonade.  Warm apple crisp for dessert.  Thanks to Murrena Edwards for coming to help with the food prep.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (126)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (128)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (130)Last night I fried 15 lbs of potatoes and prepared 7 dozen Brats!   It’s pretty fun to feed hungry missionaries!2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (132)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (134)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (135)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (137)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (140)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (142)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (143)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (144)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (146)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (148)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (150)After lunch, Elder Call came to talk about car safety.  We’re trying really hard to have an accident-free transfer.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (152)Newsletters were hot off the press today.  Phew!  Each Zone takes their pile to distribute to their missionaries.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (153)This afternoon we covered some “Regulating the Mission” business like preparing for Elder Daniel Johnson’s upcoming visit, new announcements about dress and grooming standards (hats and sunglasses now allowed), 4th of July guidelines and daily exercise and laundry policies.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (156)We also set mission baptism goals for June and July.  We had great discussions on all these topics.  What a great group this is.

We ended the day by hearing the testimonies of those who will be departing before our next MLC:  Hermana Dee, Elders Barbour, Decker, Haymond, Johnson, Mercado and Solis.  Their words were moving and inspiring.  We will be sad to see them go.2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (158)Enjoy these happy faces and the friendships here:2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (159)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (160)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (162)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (163)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (164)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (165)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (167)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (173)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (178)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (183)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (186)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (187)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (193)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (194)Loading supplies and goodbyes:2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (195)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (197)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (199)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (201)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (205)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (211)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (213)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (216)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (222)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (223)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (224)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (225)2016-6-1 MLC Yakima (228)The rest of today’s photos will be posted in an album on Facebook.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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