Saturday, 1 August 2015

Weeks 3 and 4 in Ogden

Zone conferences with the missionaries are a sweet experiences.  Each zone composing 24-30 young missionaries and 18-24 senior missionaries make up a zone. 3-4 districts of 6-8 young and 4-6 senior missionaries make up the districts that build the zones. 2 young zone leaders who are generally more seasoned lead the zones. And they teach their zone how to find new people, teach them the gospel,  baptize them, retain them and get them to the temple and reactivate those that have lost their way.  

I have been delighted to experience that the Utah Ogden Mission is full of powerful teachers who are committed to bringing people closer to Christ through the ordinance of baptism. I go out with the Elders twice a week and Amy has gone out with the Sisters weekly. Teaching with them is a pleasure. They know the doctrine and the teach with the spirit of God as their companion. There are so many people who are struggling to find peace and joy in life. They find hope, faith and smile again when they learn and employ the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I already love the people here. I love the missionaries and their desire to do what is right. They can improve their obedience and their teaching to get to the temple after baptism. We are working on these things. Sister Jaggi has connected with the Sisters. They went on a hike and had a sleepover. She loves them and they love her. She taught the importance of stress management and reaffirmed that "adjusting to missionary life" is an ongoing endeavor. The church has put out a great resource to help missionaries in their transition to 16 hour work days. They rise at 6:30am and are planning, exercising, studying and practicing and working till 10:30pm. It is not easy. They learn skills and discipline that prepares them for life. I'm grateful for their commitment. 

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