The fun of Zone Conference Week begins! Today we started with the Selah and Yakima Zones here at the Yakima Stake Center. We had a fabulous day. We’ve changed things up a bit because the meeting we call a ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) has been eliminated from our monthly schedule (by the Missionary Dept.). So now we are including some time in our Zone Conferences for the zones to gather and receiving training and instruction from their Zone Leaders in break-out sessions.
Elder King and Elder Moser had things set up and ready when we arrived.Missionaries serving in the Selah and Yakima (English) Zones arrived before 9:00.Selah Zone Leaders, Elders Hansen and Vejnar preparing to conduct today’s meeting:The Royals from Yakima are our Just Serve Coordinators:Sister Schilling from Ellensburg is our new Mission Nurse. She will be carrying on where Sister Van De Venter left off. The missionaries continue to be in wonderful hands.Introducing Sister Schilling, Mission Nurse:Opening Song, Called to Serve:Today’s agenda:
In my training, we talked about Sariah and what happened in 1 Nephi 5:1-9, likening it unto us as missionaries away from our homes in a new place. We analyzed her manner of language (vs. 1-3), then compared it to her husband Lehi’s language in vs. 4-6. You can see the effect of his language on her in vs. 7-9.
1 Nephi 5: 1-9 After this manner of language
1 And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us.
2 For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness.
3 And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.
4 And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren.
5 But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness.
6 And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews.
7 And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and my mother was comforted.
8 And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak.
9 And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel.
What we say and how we say it can have a great effect on those around us. This is a wonderful example of the power of words and the influence of our attitudes on others.
Then we read and studied Mosiah 4:9-12 and listed all the things that precede the promise that we might always rejoice and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of our sins, allowing us to grow in the knowledge of everything good. These promises are real and sure.
9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
President followed with a wonderful doctrinal discussion on Naman, the Leper (2 Kings 5) and obedience. We had wonderful discussions.
Our Sister Training Leaders, Sisters Hill and Heffernan taught beautifully about Effective Teaching.Then a short break:Then Yakima Zone Leaders Hughes and Hoskins gave instruction on the Power of Commitments.And then Elders Hansen and Vejnar taught about knowing the doctrine. We talked about preparing and using good lesson plans, knowing the 42 Principles from the discussions, and effective study using The District videos.
These are the 42 Principles we memorize to keep our lessons on track:Playing a fun 42 Principles game. You miss, you’re out!Elder King, Winner!Group photos before lunch:Cleaning and apartment supplies distributed:The Yakima 2nd Ward Relief Society fixed a fantastic taco salad bar. Wow it was GOOD!We are so grateful for the Relief Society sisters who help prepare food for us during our conferences. Our Lunch Helpers, and singing our thanks to them!The Thompsons were back! We were all so happy to see them again!Then we celebrated birthdays:Then back to work.After going over some policy and procedures (regulating the mission), we broke out into zones and the Zone Leaders led discussions in each of their groups. Yakima:Selah:Then we came back together and concluded with parting testimonies from Sister Heffernan and Sister Hill, who will be returning home next month. SAD for us.Wonderful Elder Hanna at the piano:Here are Elders who have served in the Coulee Dam Ward, our best Dam missionaries ever!After this meeting we had a wrap-up meeting in the Relief Society room with all of the leaders. What a great day. Loved being here with these fabulous missionaries who just want to help people find truth and be happy.
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