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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Follow Up Training.

It's been just five weeks since these fabulous missionaries landed at the Guadalajara airport!
They have learned much about being a full time missionary!

Today, we are double checking how they are doing.
*How their Twelve Week Training is coming along?
*How well are their trainers, training them?
*How well are they learning and focusing on their task?
*Are they committed and determined in this important work?

We are finding out!

With our Books of Mormon
in the four finger power hold!

President's training

*Worldwide Missionary Broadcast
*Our Focus -
We Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts
*Specifically -
We teach the Doctrine of Christ
*Changes to our daily schedule and preparation day schedule

President Clayton introducing me.
He is such a sweetheart!

My teaching:
*What have you learned about yourself
in these first few weeks?

*Have you been teachable?

*D&C 31:3 - The hour of your mission is come
*D&C 42:6 - lifting up your voices as with the 
sound of a trump.
What does that mean?

*What is your capacity?
*What is your potential?

*What are you willing to contribute?

Give yourself to this work
"You will have all the power you have faith enough to have."

Breakout session.
I talk with the trainers, and President Clayton
talks with the new missionaries to find
out specifically, how things are going.

Asking the hard questions.


Our assistants Elder Contreras and Elder Uribe
teaching and following up on things our
new missionaries should understand at this point.

PMG teaches us how to teach our message.

A quick bite of lunch.

The assistants getting ready for their game.
Dividing into 4 teams

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.

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.

Two fabulous Assistants!

Each team putting their Temple together.

President Clayton

Another game to help us learn and remember these key points.

7 Celestial Habits game
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, eliminated those who
cannot name quickly when the ball is passed to them
one of the 7 celestial habits we
must know and use, creating
the final four.

Down to four

Down to three

The final two!

And the winner is... Elder Dehesa!  
Good for him!