Today we had a special training at the Mission Home for all of our Sister Training Leaders (STLs). These 4 companionships help look after all of the Sisters in our mission.
Janice Kapp Perry wrote new lyrics to the well-known hymn “As Sisters in Zion” (Hymns, no. 309). Her new lyrics celebrate women’s role in bringing the gospel to all the world. They were sung for the first time by sister missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center on May 12, 2014. Now sister missionaries there sing these lyrics every Sunday! It’s a rousing missionary number!
“The Sisters of Zion”
The sisters of Zion are called to God’s labor,
We willingly serve Him with spirit and might.
We go to the nations with truth everlasting,
We teach of the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We thank Thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us,
We trust in his words and our purpose is clear.
The angels of heaven are walking beside us,
We’ll share our glad message with all who will hear.
We go forth enlisted with Helaman’s army
In numbers much greater than ever before.
With power and spirit we’ll faithfully witness
The heavens have spoken and truth is restored!The two main responsibilities of STLs are: 1. to help train other sisters, mainly during regular exchanges; 2. to add their voices to mission councils about sister’s issues and missionary work overall. The role of Sister Training Leaders was introduced world-wide in April 2015, so this assignment is relatively new.
During exchanges (one with each companionship in their stewardship per transfer), STLs demonstrate, train, help, support, encourage and give suggestions. They strengthen faith, invite change, and help others to feel the Spirit as they develop relationships of trust with each Sister.
Our Sister Training Leaders also maintain model proselyting areas, where others can see what is possible as they lead by example. These Sisters are great missionaries and wonderful examples to the other Sisters in the mission. We are so grateful for each of them.At noon we stopped for a delicious lunch–steak salad, fruit and hot french bread, with minted lemonade.Then my favorite dessert: angel food cake, fresh fruit and pineapple sherbet!Here are our lovely Sister Training Leaders:Yay for Malian bracelets!What a delightful day it’s been, here in the Mission Home.