Last week we had the blessing and opportunity to have Brother Mike Hemingway, who is the Director of Proselyting for the Church, in our mission with us for 3 days. He brought his assistant, Garret Beeston, with him. They met with Steve and I for 2 days discussing the needs of our mission, and giving us suggestions and ideas. On Tuesday evening they went out teaching with different missionaries- our assistants and some zone leaders, and Steve also went with zone leaders, and I went with two of our Sister Trainer Leaders, Sister Earnhardt and Sister Frandsen. It was great to be out with them. We taught 3 different lessons--one to a gal who is a member but has been less-active, but is wanting to come back into full participation. The other two were nonmembers who are investigating the church. It is always great to see the missionaries give the lessons they have prepared, and to see them share their testimonies of the gospel and of the Savior. All of the women were wonderful women, and you just want so badly for them to feel how the gospel could bless their lives. I'll be anxious to hear how they progress.
Then on Thursday we held a Mission Leadership Council with Brother Hemingway and Beeston. They did most of the teaching and training at this council, and all of it came from Preach My Gospel. We have been emphasizing Preach My Gospel the past transfer in our mission, and trying to get our missionaries re-focused in this inspired book. So, this was great to have Brother Hemingway just train from it. He shared wonderful experiences he has had being out with missionaries all over the world, and also shared so many insights from Preach My Gospel that we can use to be better missionaries and bring more people to Christ through baptism. It was a great MLC, and the missionaries went away from it so inspired and motivated! We want so badly to find more people to teach and baptize here in our mission, and we know they are there if we will work hard and exercise our faith to find them. We also discussed that we need to involve the Lord more in every decision we make as missionaries, and have the faith that He will guide us. Too many times, we want to do it our way, and we don't rely on His guidance. So, we are going to continue to implement the things we have learned into our Zone Training meetings, district meetings, and zone conferences. We are so excited to raise our vision of what this mission can do! We want everyone to know what we know, and have the happiness we have because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sunday we drove to Drumheller to meet Elders Smith and Crockett so Steve could do a baptismal interview for their investigator. It was great to meet with them for a bit after the interview and talk about the work in their area. Drumheller is about 90 minutes from Calgary, and it is a city known for its' dinosaur findings. We feel like there is so much potential in that area! We can't wait to see what these two elders can do.
We've been having crazy weather! One day will be warm and sunny, and then the dark storm clouds will roll in and it will rain and hail so hard!! In Drumheller they have had 28 of the past 31 days with rain. There is nothing like a thunderstorm here! I kind of like it when I am inside and can watch it!
|Elder Johnson after having his nose reset--Elder Parker is the supportive companion!|
|Us with Mike Hemingway and Garret Beeston.|