Sunday, August 12, 2012

August 2012 Zone Conferences

When new missionaries enter the mission they are given the booklet
 simply called; The First 12 Weeks.
As they complete this program with their trainer they are
better prepared to serve.  Once they complete this program they
are awarded a certificate for their efforts.
Congratulations goes to
Elder Anderson and Elder Tenazoa
Elder Torres and Elder Woolstenhume
Elder Brown, Elder Gneiting, Elder Maldonaldo
 and Elder Neilson
In the mission we have standards of excellence. On a monthy
basis the missionaries are working towards this goal. 
8 signifies 8 people progressing in their teaching pool.
4 signifies; 4 baptisms for each companionship.
2 signfies; of those 4 baptisms 2 are of familes.
We are trying to help these young people learn the value of setting
goals and working to accomplish a goal.  If they
acomplish the goal they receive a certificate. It
takes a lot of work and effort on their part to
recieve one of these certificates
Great job !!!!

Each zone conference is different depending upon
what we feel the needs of the mission are. 
This month we felt it was time to review a few matters
 of personal hygiene. 
We started with brushing your teeth and the value of having good breath.
Not only did they practice proper brushing but they all got new
tooth brushes and some tooth paste. 
Yes, President Blunck showed them how to properly brush their teeth. 

Practice makes perfect.
Little did they know they would also learn to floss
their teeth too.  Many of the Latinos had never used
floss before.
At first all these missionaires were looking around
to see if everybody was really going to participate.  
All it took was one person to get started and the rest followed. 
We had a mountain of pizza for lunch.
A fun game to get things started after lunch.
And the winnner gets................ a container of dental floss.
Such a silly thing but the missionaries loved it.

Then it was time for some serious practicing.  This month
we are working on how to teach God's commandments to people.
Many people know what God's commandments are but do not live
them mainly because they do not understand why God has asked
us to live them.  For us to find true joy and happiness in this world we have to live God's commandments.
A missionary's job is to help teach people the purpose
of God's commandments.  Then they invite them to live these

Our first zone conference was in Lima then we headed to the selva
There we met with all the zones in Iquitos.
In Lima right now it is over cast with grey skies each day, it is winter. When we walked off the plane in Iquitos it was 90+ degrees. 
Blue skies and palm trees greeted us.
We live in two entirely different worlds.  No matter the weather the missionaries always bring a smile to our face.
 Missionaries in Iquitos.

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