We were on our way to Wenatchee very early this morning. Today was a Big Day in the WYM. Our first group of missionaries received their Smart Phones!! Missionaries arrived at the Wenatchee Stake Center at 8:30 for car inspections, and then they went in to receive their phones and start setting them up.Sister Call had all the phones charged and ready to go.The Assistants had the room set up and the technology all hooked up.Starting to download!As the missionaries arrived, they received their new phones and instructions on starting their set up.Elder and Sister McKeen helped everyone.By 9:15 we were ready to begin our zone conference!We began with more instruction on setting up the phones. SIM cards were put into the new phones. Every companionship shares a SIM card–one phone has the card and acts as a hot spot for the other phone.Old and new technology:
Then we took a little break from the phones and Pres Lewis and I did some training on working with members.During my part on getting to know the members, I gave each companionship a card file box with 100 3×5 cards. This will be a place to record good information about each family or individual in the wards where they serve.Here is a sample of the type of information they can record on the member families. The intent is to help the missionaries get to know the members better and more quickly when they come into a new area. This will be so fun. As they get acquainted with the families and individuals in each ward, they can record what they find out. When they leave an area, the next new missionary will have a head start on making friends with the members there. They can add new information to the cards as they learn it.Everyone filled out their first cards and we shared examples. Then Pres Lewis concluded with his final points.
Then our Zone Leader companionships did the rest of the trainings today with the phones and setting up the Area Book Planner and the different apps.Group Photo before lunch:We had a delicious sloppy joe lunch. This is the famous recipe you can find here:
Our dear Lunch Ladies:Mail deliveries:Singing thanks to the lunch ladies:Winners of the Cleanest Car Award:Celebrating Birthdays:Then back to work with the phones!Old phone burial ground:
We got new pages for Preach My Gospel, with the updated technology helps:Training videos:New insert for the white handbooks:
Today is a long day. This afternoon we eventually got to our zone break-out sessions. Here is the Yakima Valley Zone:And here is the Omak Zone:Back together again:Final testimonies by Hna Long:Hna Petersen:And Elder Woodfield:And the Calls, who will complete 3 years as our first office couple in a few weeks.Final remarks:And hymn:Newsletters distributed:By now it was 7:00 p.m. and so we brought some dinner in from Costco:Wow, what a great day! One down, 3 to go!Tomorrow we’ll be in Zillah, Thursday we’ll be in Yakima, and Friday in Moses Lake.ALL of the photos taken today will be posted in an album on our Facebook Page.