June 1, 20014
Wow, we have been busy and we didn't get around to recording anything last week. Here is an update on what has been happening.
We have so enjoyed being invited into homes and meetings to introduce ourselves and our purpose as missionaries. This past week we were assigned to take the missionary dinner appointments in our own ward. What a wonderful opportunity to share a meal and then share a message with the family. We try to fashion a message to fit the family and it has been received with great enthusiasm, especially by the children.
We participated in a visit this week with a member of the Primary presidency and her husband who knew the family. This is a good family and we hope our visit will encourage them to attend meetings in our ward more often. We also visited with another family in the company of our Elder's Quorum President. We went with the intent of teaching them some about Family History and came away with a different idea on how a busy mother does family history. She is trying to keep a pictorial family history by taking pictures of events and outings in which her family participates. She then stores the photos and then compiles them into a book using Shutterfly when she gets some good coupons to use. This is a great way to remember the family events and to store them in a way that the event will be remembered. The captions on the pages tells about the event and the comments made during the event.
As usual, meetings are a big part of each week. With each meeting comes preparations so the meeting can have some meaning to the work. Last Sunday we met in two Ward Councils and had great reception in both. We attended Sacrament meetings to continue to get acquainted with the members and talk to them about our work. We always enjoy attending baptisms. The sisters had a baptism just yesterday.
This morning we had a training meeting with ward mission leaders. We presented the Ward Mission Process which describes the way members, missionaries, and senior couples fit into that process.The basic process begins within the Ward Councils. This is a process which was advocated by Pres. Monson when he said in a worldwide leadership training broadcast in June 2013, "Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord's vineyard to bring souls unto Him."
We had an appointment to take a new member to the temple with some family names but that had to be postponed because of illness. We'll write about that experience next week.