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.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Follow Up Training 12-28-17

We had a wonderful day with our 26 new missionaries
and their trainers! It has been 51/2 weeks since they
 arrived and we are meeting today to see how
they are coming along.  To double check that their
focus and direction is on point.  
All is well!!
 These missionaries are well founded.
They are seeking to be humble and teachable.
We are happy with their progress and efforts.
Here are some highlights from our day together!

President Clayton began by teaching.

~Why do we teach repentance?  
To help others understand that they can change. 
 To change their course in life.
~Why must we help others see how important it is to change?
So that they can return to live with Heavenly Father.
~We are here to invite others to change 
so that they can move closer to heaven... 
closer to God.

~Helping others learn to partake of the fruit.. 
(the love of God) is what we must be focusing on.
~As we help others partake of the word of God,
we too draw closer to God.

~We all must repent.  
~We all need to change.

***Urgency of this work!***
~Our focus:
We teach repentance and baptize converts.  
That is our focus.

~The four Key indicators come 
from the Apostles and Prophets
*Dates for baptism
*Sacrament meeting attendance
*New investigators

~Everyone must choose for themselves.
-Their decision to be baptized 
-as well as their date to be baptized

~If those we are teaching are not progressing...
 we leave them with a blessing and 
move on to find those 
who are prepared to hear, accept 
and act on our message.

***The three pillars that support 
our missionary work are:

~Obedience will help you be safe.  
Who is attacking us each day? Satan
When we are obedient we are kept safe.

***Alma 8***
Alma and Amulek and their experiences 
are a pattern for our mission today.

My teaching:
~What have you learned about yourself
 in these past five weeks?
~Have you figured out what
 the Lord expects from you during 
  your time of full time service?

~This is your time… your mission! 
 It will be exactly, what you make of it.

~What is your capacity?
~What is your potential?

~ D&C 42:6
~D&C 107:99

~The standards of our mission provide 
the framework, 
and give you a frame of reference 
to help foster the kind 
of Quality Missionary the Lord is asking us to be.

~Missionary health
~Worthiness - Obedience - Work

~Establishing a personal standard of excellence.
***Discipline yourself.  
***Decide now, what you will and will not do here in the mission.

The Assistants teaching-
The 7 Celestial Habits overview


7 Celestial Habits Game
President Clayton has taught,
“If we want new and better results, we have to do things differently.”
And that’s exactly what the assistants did!
They took the 7 Celestial Habits, and made a fun and different game
that helps us see just how important these habits are in our teaching.
As we read in Preach My Gospel, our purpose
“is to open the doors to the celestial kingdom,”
as we teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we extend the baptismal invitation
we provide our investigators the opportunity
to act for themselves -choosing
to follow the Savior's example
and enter the waters of baptism
for themselves.
Here are our teams!

Six Teams!

Our game uses
the representation of
the Temple as the ultimate symbol,
in this life, of the Lord’s kingdom.
Each team must:
exercise their knowledge in:
1. Teaching the lessons in order
2. Helping investigators receive revelation
(through Prayer, Reading the Book of Mormon, and Church Attendance)
3. Asking for references - always
4. Evaluating and setting goals to work more effectively.

The first part of the game consists of every team,
having to collect all the pieces they will need
to build their model of the temple as they rotate
through each station.
They practice using these celestial principles
with the investigator scenario at each station,
inviting them in various ways, to act for themselves
as they continue to learn about the gospel plan.
Each team has 2 tries to collect their pieces of the Temple they must build.

The second part - they must build the
Temple with the pieces they have collected.
This game helps us see how important these 7 celestial habits
really are in our efforts to fulfill our missionary purpose.
We learn that it takes a celestial way of living and working
to carry out this celestial work!
These 7 celestial habits that we have received
from the Lord through our Prophet and the Twelve Apostles,
truly are to help us fulfill our purpose.

Look at this tiny Moroni the office Elders fashioned
at the top of each Temple.

7 Celestial Habits game #2
Teams were divided up and each team
member had to think fast and
name one of the 7 celestial habits that haven't
been said yet as the ball is tossed to you.
 1.  Always give the baptismal challenge
2. Teach lessons in order
(3-5) Name three ways to receive revelation
3.  Through prayer
4.  Reading the Book of Mormon
5.  Attending church
6.  Ask for referrals
7.  Evaluate and set goals

The teams each play, eliminating those who
cannot quickly name one of the 7 celestial habits
we must know and use, when the ball is passed
to them creating the final three, then two then the winner!

Our three sister finalists!


Sister Urrea is our winner today!

Let's just take one more look at
this marvelous group of missionaries!!

Wonderful day together!
#we love our missionaries!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Day at our house!

We loved having our three Guadalajara zones join us on Christmas afternoon for some Christmas cheer! We enjoyed a few treats together, while we watched a Christmas short movie, Mr Kruger's Christmas, we sang Away in a Manger, and listened to some Christmas council from President Clayton. It was a lovely hour or so together. Merry Christmas!
We began with our Union Zone.

Next was our Lomas Zone

And finally our Independencia Zone

Thank you to our Assistants Elder Dehesa 
and Elder Long for helping us today.