Perhaps one of the reasons I am neglectful in regularly posting on this blog is because I am not with ALL of the missionaries very often! When I go to blog, I realize that I don't have pictures to post, even though things are going well and everyone is working hard! So...today, I want to take advantage of the fact that I just spent a wonderful week with ALL of our missionaries! This past week was dedicated to zone conferences. We have six zones so we had two zones meet together on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We have zone conferences every three months. We have tried to capture the great week we had as we met with each zone! Perhaps this post may seem long to some, but, at least, for the "moms" of the missionaries, we hope you can find your missionary somewhere in these pictures and enjoy some special moments with us!
|Here are some of our missionaries as they began gathering for a day's worth of meetings at zone conference.|
|We appreciate those missionaries who are able to share their talents with us. Here is one of our missionaries playing prelude music as the missionaries gather for zone conference.|
|Here is another one of our talented pianists. Prior to the start of this zone conference, several elders couldn't help but gather around and listen to this elder to play some of his beautiful church prelude music.|
DEMONSTRATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
|Our last group of missionaries being recognized for their upcoming birthdays over the course of the next three months.|
The president takes several hours during zone conference to train the missionaries on how to be better teachers. Here he is demonstrating something to the missionaries with one of the sister missionaries.
|After three hours of sitting, a break was very much welcomed!! The peanut butter pretzels, miniature candy bars, and juices went fast! Finding hungry missionaries is NEVER a problem!|
LA COMIDA PREPARATION
|By the time the second day came along, these elders were really getting into it!! I turned at one point, only to see them dancing as they were mixing and pouring! Gotta love 'em!!|
|Having just served 57 missionaries in record time, here we are putting out seconds for everyone! We KNEW they would be back!!|
CAPTURING SOME MEMORIES DURING LA COMIDA BEFORE THEY HEADED BACK OUT TO THEIR AREAS TO BEGIN AN EVENING OF TEACHING!
|Hanging out in the kitchen after eating, trying to finish off ANYTHING they could find to eat!|
|La Paz and La Libertad Zones|
|Amalucan and Fuertes Zones|
|Chiautempan and Tlaxcala Zones|
SAYING GOODBYE FOR THREE MORE MONTHS
|Here is one of our two darling senior couples. They have been called to serve for 18 months, coming from Texas. They are also ready to leave after a day's worth of meetings to get back to work!|
CONSEJO DE LIDERAZGOS
At our last couple of leadership councils, we have enjoyed a few of our missionaries sharing their talents. This first elder that will sing was in a Marache band before he came on his mission. He has a beautiful and powerful voice. He leaves to go home in November. We will certainly miss his singing as well as him. He is a very special missionary!
The second one that you view is one of our first missionaries who arrived in the field after we arrived. In fact, while we were at the MTC for a Mission President's Seminar, we got to meet him and several others that would be coming out to our mission soon after our arrival! On this particular day, while waiting for our dinner to finish baking in the oven, this elder was begged to do his impersonation of Michael Jackson. Who knew such talent existed? We look forward to discovering other talented missionaries over the course of the next two years!
(Hopefully, when this is sent, it will work! Sorry, if it doesn't!)
We feel very fortunate that a trip to the hospital is not very routine. But, we also feel grateful for a nice hospital that is no more than 7 minutes away from our home. When missionaries have ended up in the hospital for various stomach issues, usually, we are able to get over there right away, assess the situation, and visit with them. We are happy to annonuce that these missionaries are back at work and doing great!
|No...this elder didn't end up in the hospital, but we didn't want to leave him out! He injured his shoulder while playing fútbol on P-day! We are happy that he didn't end up in the hospital, nor did he have to be sent home for surgery!|
Tis A Gift To Be Simple
This past Sunday, my husband was asked to speak at church in one of our three small branches in our mission. This particular branch is about 2 1/2 hours north of where the mission house is. Although we don't get up there as often as we would like, we try to make our way up to the various branches on a regular basis. As I sat there in church this past Sunday, I couldn't help but get a little teary-eyed as I watched our dear missionaries in this branch. They are tucked far away in a tiny little pueblo. It is easy to be forgotten up there, yet, that doesn't matter to them. They are great missionaries and they will do the work that they came to do, whether being watched or not! That is the sign of great missionaries... "extraordinary" missionaries...I might add!!!
When we first arrived over a year ago, this little branch struggled and on a good day they would probably have 15 people come to church and the people would show up late. This past week there were probably 45 people there and when we walked in 15 minutes before the meeting was to start, the majority of them were sitting in their seats listening to prelude music and eagerly waiting for Sacrament meeting to begin. We were sooooo impressed and very touched. This is to the credit of some great missionaries that have diligently served up there over this last year!
One of the things that touched me was watching one of our missionaries play the "piano." A year ago, there was no such thing as prelude music! During this past year, since we have been attending, we have seen several things evolve. For example, the missionaries have taught them to come on time to meetings. Also, there was a time when we sang without any music in Sacrament meetings. There was no music, other than our voices! Then, one of the elders started playing music on CD's which we would listen to for prelude, then sing to them during the meeting as a congregation. THIS TIME, they had a KEYBOARD! The elder playing the music knows enough music to play with one finger and that's what he was doing! I looked at the music he was reading. He had made his own copy of music writing out a singe melody line for him to play. It touched my heart!! And, there sat the people listening reverently! I simply HAD to re-enact the scene upon arrival, after church was over!
Yes, life is simple up there, yet not easy! The simplicity of the prelude music said it all that day! What a contrast from the time when we first started attending that branch! One little step at a time will one day create a beautiful harmony in the Chignahuapan Branch! THANKS TO SUCH GREAT MISSIONARIES who are teaching and training the future of the church in that little, remote area!
|This sweet elder had taken the time to write out the hymns that would be sung during the day in his notebook. He played them for prelude music, then we enjoyed singing together as he played with one finger. I was truly impressed!|