Long time, no see, (9 months) and no write...that's my fault. So here's the update for the week. We started out with MLC (Mission Leader Conference) on Tuesday. That meeting is conducted by the assistants under the direction of President Felix. I'm not sure if you remember the 5 areas of Focus for the mission. We recite them every morning or so...they are :
1) We begin with the end in mind
2) We are consecrated servants of Jesus Christ
3) We strive to serve the Lord through our obedience
4) We are led by the spirit as we find and teach
5) We desire the salvation of souls.
Last month, President Felix had the mission focus on #4. This transfer we are focusing on being consecrated servants of Jesus Christ. During this MLC, President had a training on this area of focus. He had us give him synonyms for "consecrated" and "servant." He shared some really good quotes about these two words. They fed us chicken and waffles for lunch. That was a new combo for me.
Another part of that meeting is reporting on zone goals. We report on how last transfer's goals were accepted and met, then we explain our goals for this transfer. Elder Willis and I came up with our zone goal this month as inspired from Elder Tad R. Callister's talk "Becoming a Consecrated Missionary" (I encourage you all to read it. The talk may be harder to find because it is a talk T. R. Callister gave when he was a mission president in Toronto, Canada.) One of the last sections talks about going the "extra mile" meaning, the consecrated missionary gives every ounce of energy to the work. He/she is exhausted at the end of the day because everything was left outside. Our zone goal is that every day, each companionship will go the extra mile (do something out of the ordinary, something that makes them stretch or a random act of kindness) and they will send that extra mile in a text. It's been working out all right so far. We have some really good missionaries in our zone!
The assistants go on exchanges with all the zone leaders each transfer. Since we live furthest away, we got to do exchanges the night of MLC and Wednesday. I went with Elder Yager. He and I have a lot in common. We are both the oldest of four, we grew up in small towns, our grandparents own a farm, our dads are in the medical field, and we have very similar "conversion stories." We both worked hard. I went with E. Yager to Ventura for the day. We spent the whole day going to appointments with return missionaries. It was awesome hearing their mission stories. E. Yager set a really good example for me.
So, I'm working on becoming consecrated. Being lead by the spirit (last transfer's focus) will help me do that, but if you have any suggestions feel free to send them to me :) Here's a story: So, a pig and a chicken were debating about which made the greater contribution to the breakfast industry. The chicken said, "Boy, I give eggs every day to that poor farmer. I'd have to say that's a pretty big contribution/sacrifice." Then the pig said, "Sure, but I give it my all." Here's another one: A man walks up to a worker in a rock quarry and asks "What are you doing?" The worker said, "I'm cutting out this stone from the mountain." The man asks a second worker the same question and the worker replies, "I'm working to provide for my family." The man asks a third worker and this worker says ," I'm helping to build a temple of God." The third man was consecrated because he knew the divine purpose to his work.
"The church is true, the book is blue, and Moroni's always on the ball"
I hope everyone has a great week!
I may have to skip a week with the blog. We are going on vacation and I'm not sure we will have internet. But, never fear, I will be back online as soon as we get back! Thank you for all your support and interest in Hyrum's mission. He is doing really good!