The purpose of this blog is to highlight the beautiful city of Guadalajara; the faithful members, the valiant missionaries who serve here, as well as the people, culture, and food.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mission Council

Our first mission council was Wednesday the 15th and we were excited and ready for it. We had planned with our assistants for it and invited our zone leaders and sister training leaders to come prepared to learn, ready to interact to edify and prepared to act.
 We began our day by going to the Temple. What a delight it was to meet with the leaders of our mission and bask in the spirit of the Temple. We had a quick breakfast before hand for them and invited them to pay close attention to the impressions and feelings that came to them during the session. Our vision for our mission leaders was for them to experience first hand once again, the spirit of the Temple and ponder the blessings that are available there; and then ponder and brainstorm ways we can convey and share that with members, less actives members, and investigators.
 As we gathered back together after our session, we gave them 15 minutes to write in their journals and ponder. I think for me that was the most precious part of the day. |
President Clayton and I were not prepared for how seriously these valiant servants of the Lord took our challenge and request.

 I led a discussion asking them to share what they had felt and understood. They were so engaged and thoughtful.
 President Clayton talked about how hard it is to endure and preserver when things get difficult. He had a good object lesson and called a young Elder up to help him. This Elder had no idea how strong and tough President Clayton is and neither did the other missionaries. He outlasted him and wasn't phased by the contest with the young Elder. His point was we must endure hard things, we must be tough, this life is tough. God expects us to do hard things and to do them well.

 President had the group list the ordinances for men and women on the board, and then drew a line under baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost and said, how many of our investigator stop here and do not continue to receive all the other blessings that are available to them? Life is hard, challenges come, but we must teach the importance of enduring, staying the course and keeping our covenants when life continues to move forward, no matter what.

 Then our assistants got up and wow, did they get things hopping. They talked about using the commitment pattern. Using Preach My Gospel, they demonstrated  exactly how we are to invite our investigators to commit.
They had each companionship turn their chairs facing each other and then they practiced, changing places being the missionary and then being the investigator. The whole place came alive and we walked around listening as they practiced... it was awesome!

 We ended with lunch and they were off. The day flew by, we left our home at 7:30 am and got back home at 5:30 pm ...and it was glorious. Wow, we love these missionaries!

Pondering and writing in their journal after the Temple session

this shows the cute sisters

president´s object lesson to continue strong, even when
 things get uncomfortable and hard.

President teaching about covenants

our assistants demonstrating the commitment pattern,

double checking for understanding