Sunday, April 28, 2013

Glimpses in Missionary Comings and Goings, Teaching and Training


 Holy habits and righteous routines

 Elders Warner and Adams
Elders Shelby and Hansen
Elders Booth and McKnight
Teach one another
"Effective study during your mission will help you fulfill your purpose as a missionary and strengthen your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Four of your most important study opportunities are personal study, companion study, district meetings (zone meetings), and zone conferences. Your daily schedule includes time for personal and companion study every day."
 Preach My Gospel

  Time out to learn by doing and having a lighthearted break at the same time!  Elder Mitchell is leading this group.  Below is a three legged race with a purpose. Sisters Westling, Fuller, Elders Pritchett, Esplin, Crockett, Resendez, Smith and Walker prepare for the relay.  Below Elder Stallings is using a moment of waiting to play Book of Mormon pictionary.
 Zone leaders and district leaders take responsibility of teaching fellow missionaries and of involving them in discussion and participation.  Elder Murray is teaching Elders Stallings, Pritchett, and Dickinson.  Elder Hatch serves as district leader in Burlington, Vermont.  Elder Rogers is using a balloon in a demonstration for Elders Hatch and Wikan.

Real play or practice or role play - whatever the name, missionaries usually find it initially awkward-- but soon discover that the real play prepares them well for teaching.

Elders Woodruff and Preslar
Zone leaders choose a goal to inspire members of their zone to increase their faith
and lift their vision.

 Our Largest Number of Incoming Missionaries - 26 - wait for missing luggage

Completely exhausted, nervous and trying to listen carefully in orientation by Elder Benjamin,

Meeting new companion, the wonderful trainers
President with Sisters Hall and Wallantine
26 new missionaries  - 12 sisters, 14 elders
Sister Reid, training at 5 weeks meets Sister Cowley

Elders Buttars and Rohleder

Missionaries return for what s called a specialized training, focused on the new missionaries and their trainers.  Area books, planners, lesson preparation in addition to the doctrine of Christ and unifying with the Spirit and with each other are the main agenda items.
After two years, some missionaries have accumulated far beyond two suitcases of 50 pounds each.
Elders Johnson and Barfuss
Checking the flight schedule - the edge of anticipation 

Elder Booth did not plan on a fractured finger on preparation day nor the minor operation thereafter.

Elders Gardner and Prusak
AND EXPECTATIONS  Not only are missionaries expected to keep
clean apartments but to ensure the efficacy of smoke and CO2 alarms. 

Elers Banks, Warner and Parsons


Zone Leaders' Council is replaced by Mission Leadership Training.
Sister Training Leaders will serve on the council.  More sisters will
be called to the Council.  But here is the photo of the first Mission Leadership Council
of New Hampshire Manchester Mission.
A fantastically warm and sunny day!  So the Council members took a break
for an activity with a purpose.  The teams of four soon learned to unite
and to communicate in order to succeed.

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