Friday, April 11, 2014

Interviews--the fourth straight day! (Yes! We Are Tired!:-)

Here are pictures from day four of interviews. I think this time I only forgot the zone leaders.:-) Sorry about that!

I told them to show some love. I guess it is a "guy" thing.:-)
 With two other elders . . .
 During one part of the interviews (or while waiting for interviews) I had them practice leaving me text messages. This is what one elder wrote.  The message I will never receive.:-)
 Translated it says his symptoms are: Super Happy, Walking in the clouds and finding golden investigators. And he has had this "ailment" since he started work at 6:00 on Monday. Cute.
 Also while waiting I gave them a cross word puzzle to help in their study of the Book of Mormon.--learning main people and events. By the way . . . the answer to the one so many of you are struggling with is Liahona.:-) (And the zone leaders are on the left side of this picture so I did get them you just can't see them very well.:-)

 A missionary has gotta do what a missionary has gotta do! In this case, the parasite cleanse.

Another long but fun day!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interviews, Day 3

First off I need to apologize to the Calixto, Jarvis, Botello and Zarate families for forgetting to take pictures of their awesome missionary sons!! I can tell you though that they are all doing great and look great. But I am sorry I missed their pictures.

Here are the pictures of the rest of the missionaries in this area though . . .

 The elder on the far right below graduated from high school early so he could go on a mission. So basically he should still be in high school!! I told him I am sure his mother worries a lot about him everyday. As do I.:-) He is doing great though as are all the others in these pictures.

 I had to laugh at this. Elder P on the right wanted to show off his 20 peso shoulder bag (approx. $1.50) He bragged it has now lasted for an entire month!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Interviews, Day 2

I am trying to post these each day so I don't get behind. We will see how long that lasts.:-) But here is day 2. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Once again we are making the rounds for interviews. Once again we are having the missionaries come in groups of six. While President Wagner meets with a missionary, the zone leaders meet with another companionship to go over nighttime planning and how to more effectively use the ward list for teaching and finding, and I meet with the other three to discuss health issues and language study. We do this for 10 days and today was our first day. Here are some pictures of the missionaries we had the pleasure of meeting with today.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mission Council . . .

We held mission council at the church building yesterday. There were so many new missionaries joining us. Some of the former zone leaders went home in the last transfer and many others were released to train their last three months of service.

Here is a picture of all of our new members of the mission council. Seven new zone leaders and one new Sister Leader Trainer! We are so happy to have them all with us.

Here are a few more pictures of those in attendance

 It is okay to smile, Elder P!

 Our sister leader trainers and one extra.:-)

Cooking for this crew requires two days of work so I really appreciate the missionaries who express gratitude. Most do it with words, but one elder also does it with flowers! :-) Thank you, Elder Patlán!
At this meeting we focused on the Book of Mormon as the most powerful tool in conversion. President Wagner has been concerned that perhaps we need to use it more effectively in teaching investigators, but even more, that perhaps many missionaries don't truly yet have a testimony of the book. The assistants taught the fundamental lesson on using the Book of Mormon and President Wagner took the last hour to help the missionaries learn to not only gain a testimony of the book but also how to keep that testimony growing. Other items covered in the meeting were the dedicatory prayer of the MTC in Mexico City by Elder Oaks (video that all the missionaries will see) and developing the attribute of Hope.

Now the zone leaders and sister leader trainers are supposed to take the things they learned back to their zones and help the members of their zone learn the same things. And hopefully as they study and teach the principles, their own testimonies will increase!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

And the winners are . . . .

During zone conferences we have a scripture chase competition, using the scriptures from the different lessons in Preach My Gospel, and a test over a chapter of Preach My Gospel. The intent is to help motivate the missionaries to study more and study better. Here are the top winners from each event!

Highest Combined Score
Elder Malvaez

Scripture Chase Winners For Each Zone Conference
Elder Flores (de Nicargua)
Hermana Hernandez
Elder Tejada
Hermana Lozano
Elder Calixto
Elder Williams
Hermana Gonzalez (de Colombia)
Elder Acevedo
Elder Morales
Elder Malvaez

100% on the test
Elder Brighton
Elder Solomon
Elder Klingler
Elder Smith
Elder Malvaez
Elder Molina
Elder Flores (de los Estados Unidos)
Elder Eldredge
Elder Izucar
Elder Knight
Hermana Moreno
Hermana Gonzalez (de Mexico)
Hermana Kortas

Congratulations to you all!!

FINALLY!! Week Three of Zone Conferences

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to post these pictures. Life sort of went a little crazy on us for a couple weeks and I was not able to get to it. But here are pictures from our last week of zone conferences. I am so sad that several of the elders in the pictures have already gone home! Better late than never, though, right?:-)

This week we were in Guadalajara meeting with the awesome zones here. We first met with the Lomas zone and then the following day, due to a scheduling conflict, we had to combine Independencia and Union. We don't usually like to have such big groups of missionaries for training, but it was unavoidable. However, we were so very much blessed!! The spirit was so strong and was poured out upon everyone in abundance. All the conferences were good, but the last one was amazing. I am so grateful to our Heavenly Father for the blessing we received, especially at a time of much personal difficulty.


Some of the scripture chase champions! I hope the mother of Elder M reads the sign! :-)

Best Area Book winners:

And a few more missionaries who received 100% on their Preach My Gospel exam. Missing is: Elder Smith and Elder Malvaez.

And  bonus pictures!!

Lunch . . .