Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interviews And Follow Up Training

January was not a good month for pictures or blog entries. There were a lot of things going on, but I did not get many pictures. I only took a few pictures of zone interviews, and President interviewed all the missionaries in every zone. (For my journal entry, we currently have 216 missionaries and 10 zones.) I believe this means that we are giving ourselves more to the work and are finding less time to keep a mission blog current and updated. That is really good news, it means that we are settling in and putting mission affairs first. Just be assured that all is well and our elders and sisters are also setting their hearts upon the work and pressing forward.
 Bacoor Zone Interviews
(The lineup - front and back)
 Sister Clifton, Elder Rodrigo, Elder Cabeza, Elder Christensen, Elder Lorenzo, Elder Nicolas, Elder Roberts.
 I happened to get a picture of two missionaries during our two week interviews. Above is Sister Wellayan and below is Elder Jackson.
This is the only place I can get reception for my phone and answer the all the medical calls. Actually it was really pleasant here, there was a nice breeze blowing right on me. This is the back side of the San Gabriel Stake building.

Four Week Follow Up
 It was a small group of new missionaries that we met with today for the 4 week follow up. When we separated into groups, we had a hard time getting these "new kids on the block" to open up and ask us questions. But, they work well with their companions and the love they have for each other is evident. 
Elder Rindlisbacher and Elder Zacarias did a great job conducting and teaching at the meeting. Excellent AP's!

Miscellaneous January Pictures
I love this picture. This sister companionship had a scheduled baptism and everything was set and ready to go. The font was filled, the speakers were ready, but because of the result of "choice and accountability", the candidate could not get baptized. The sisters wept. It shows how much the missionaries love their investigators and put their whole hearts into the work. Their greatest desire is to bring others to bring others to Christ and help them receive the promised blessings that come from being baptized by proper authority and enduring to the end.
 This is our son's luggage sitting by the front door of the mission home. He is headed home after spending Christmas with us and it was hard to see him go. It was a wonderful Christmas having a small part of our family here during the holidays. 
A trip to Asian Hospital for 2 sister missionaries. While I sat in the doctor's office with the sisters, President had a short nap.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January MLC

Beginning of another month PLUS a new year too! I love starting things off with MLC. This one meeting always makes my whole month fabulous!!!
 The opening song for MLC today was, "High On A Mountain Top." After the first verse, President stood up and said, "Everyone stop for a minute. Are you all asleep? This sounds pretty bad. Let's go on to the second verse, but sing it like you mean it, put your heart into it!" When the missionaries started singing again it gave me chills. It was strong. It was loud. It was powerful. The mission home walls shook with their voices and our home was filled with the Spirit. I love, love, love the missionaries and after the song I told them that the day we leave, I will have fingernail marks in the floor and front door frame as they drag me out of here! 
 "For God remembers still His promise made of old
That he on Zion's hill truth's standard would unfold!
Her light should there attract the gaze
Of all the world in latter days.
His house shall there be reared, His glory to display,
And people shall be heard in distant lands to say:
We'll now go up and serve the Lord,
Obey his truth, and learn his word."
(High On A Mountain Top, pg. 5, LDS Hymn Book)

Isaiah 2:2-3
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."
"And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."

 Look who found the chips.

Elders' Jenkins, Cauilan, Cabeza, and Baldelomar
Elders' Doloritos, Espinoza, Rindlisbacher, Jimeno, and Collins
Sister Chamberlain and Sister Murphey teach
Sister Sevia and Sister Patolo