Zone Conference in Zillah with The Dalles Zone and the Yakima Valley Zone

2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (3)Today we met with The Dalles Zone and our Yakima Valley Spanish Zone in the building in Zillah, partway between.  Here’s a look at day #2 of Zone Conferences and wonderful missionaries!2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (6)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (4)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (5)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (7)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (8)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (9)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (10)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (11)Going over the agenda with Elders Bown and Tapia, our Yakima Valley Zone Leaders:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (13)The Sisters from Goldendale arrived with their breakfast food–they’re going on exchanges this evening and tomorrow in Yakima.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (14)Meanwhile, in the parking lot, more arriving, and the TIWI crew began installing the new TIWIs.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (16)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (1)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (17)Elder and Sister Oman arrived from down yonder.  Elder Oman was sporting a great tie from Elder Olson.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (18)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (19)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (20)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (23)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (24)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (26)Pres Lewis is greeting everyone before we begin:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (27)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (28)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (29)Elder Tapia and Elder Bown conducted today.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (31)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (32)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (33)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (35)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (36)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (37)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (38)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (39)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (40)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (41)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (42)Then we got to hear from Brother Ott, who is in charge of the Church Global Fleet Services.  He has the most interesting stories to tell.    You will be interested to know that the greatest financial risk to the church is young missionary drivers.  There are more than 20,000 missionary drivers.  The Brethren want the missionaries to be safe.  They looked all over the world for the best way to protect our missionaries from accidents and danger.  The answer was the TIWI, from a company right near Salt Lake City called Inthinc.

These TIWI devices are mounted now in all the missionary cars in the United States and Canada.  They are sensitive to seat belts, speed, acceleration, movement up and down or side to side, and they have a GPS.  They also know where every car is at any given time. They track starting and stopping times, and places.  They also have cell phone technology and a voice that speaks to the driver when there is a violation.

When the Missionary Department first decided to test them, they picked 1400 cars in 25 missions and tested them for 30 days, with the voice turned off.  Guess how many violations (warnings) these 1400 TIWIs recorded??  105,945 for speeding!!  Holy COW.  Of these thousands of violations, 370 were for cars traveling over 90 mph.  1,171 were for hard acceleration.  1,109 were for braking dangerously.  2,900 were for hitting bad bumps or holes in the road at an unsafe speed.  12,695 were for hard turns and 12,634 were seat belt violations.  Incredible.

The next 30 days they turned the warning voice on (it tells the driver to “check your speed” or “fasten seat belt” or whatever is needed).  If an immediate correction is made, no violation is recorded.  (SLC and we can see every single violation, who has made it and when and where it happened.)  In month #2, there was a 92% improvement!  In the next 30 day period, there was another 6% improvement made.  Now missionaries drive with a 98% compliance to safety rules.  TIWIs are worth their weight in gold.  They keep our missionaries safe.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (43)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (44)After Brother Ott entertained and instructed us, Sister Call told her story about Samuel Smith (see yesterday’s entry).2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (47)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (49)Then Elder Poloncic and Elder Allen, Zone Leaders in The Dalles, did a 45 min training on using effective door approaches (OYM= Open Your Mouth).  Lots of role plays followed.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (50)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (51)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (52)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (53)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (54)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (55)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (57)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (58)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (65)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (70)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (71)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (73)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (74)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (81)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (83)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (86)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (87)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (88)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (89)Next Hermana Cluff and Hermana Bangerter did a 45 min training on teaching the Restoration, followed by lots of role plays.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (90)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (95)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (103)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (105)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (107)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (113)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (114)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (117)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (119)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (121)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (122)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (123)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (124)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (128)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (131)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (132)Then we took our group photos:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (133)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (138)And then we were served lunch by the Stake Relief Society Presidency.  What wonderful women!  We had delicious pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, fruit salad, green salad and cake for dessert.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (142)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (143)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (144)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (146)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (147)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (148)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (149)Elder Poloncic’s last planner cover:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (151)Our Stake RS Lunch Ladies:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (153)Singing our thanks:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (154)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (155)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (156)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (157)Then this afternoon, we celebrated birthdays, then Sister Call explained a bit about the phones and the things she takes care of and Elder Call explained a bit about managing referrals and record keeping.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (158)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (159)And Pres Lewis went over a few things like dress and grooming and lingering after meetings, being kind to members who help, etc.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (162)And then we had our Zone break-out sessions for 45 minutes.  Here is the Yakima Valley Zone.  They talked about being more Christ-like as missionaries.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (163)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (164)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (166)The Dalles Zone talked about how to be better at finding people to teach.  They set a goal for each to reach the standard of excellence for the week beginning Sept 17th in finding new investigators.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (167)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (168)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (171)Then we came back together for our closing music and a final testimony from Elder Poloncic, who is the only one from this group to go home next month.  I didn’t get a picture of the musical number because I videoed it.  I’ll post it on FB.  The Yak Valley Zone sang the EFY medly of “As Sisters in Zion” and “We’ll Bring the World His Truth.” Elder Bown accompanied on the piano.2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (130).JPG2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (172)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (173)Closing remarks from Pres Lewis:2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (177)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (178)And closing hymn.  These are our 3 Elders from Mexico!2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (179)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (180)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (181)After the closing prayer, we handed out the Newsletter.  It’s like getting a yearbook the last week of school!2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (183)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (184)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (185)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (188)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (191)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (193)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (194)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (196)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (201)Take it down, Elder Blake!!2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (202)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (205)“Sister Lewis, Please take a selfie with us!!”2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (207)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (208)2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (210)Adios, amigas!!  2017-9-13 ZC Zillah TD, YV (211)Tomorrow we’ll meet in the Selah Stake Center with the Yakima (English) and Selah Zones.

All of the photos taken today will be posted in an album on Facebook.

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