In August elder Gay, who is our area authority, came to conduct a coordinating council. He wanted to spend some time with our zone leaders. We met in the high council room of the Baton Rouge stake center. We lined the whole room. There was a powerful feeling when all of those great young men came in an took their seats. I thought to myself, " If your mothers could see you now." Elder Gay talked with them for 2 1/2 hours. He allowed them to ask questions. Among some of the things he taught them was that they have the power to astonish, which is the power to solve every challenge that confronts them. He asked them why they were endowed before they came here. His answer was so they would have all of the powers and blessings from their covenants to solve life's problems and teach their investigator that through ordinances the powers of heaven come into their lives to help them solve life's challenges. He told them not to think they have ever hit a mountain they can not go over, because they have been endowed to go over. Through obedience, faith to ask for revelation and the work to do what you are told all things can be accomplished. He also, through a powerful personal story, told them that it was no mistake that they were where they were and if they would ask the Lord he would in his time unfold their individual purpose for being in Louisiana. Spending that time with Elder Gay blessed all of us. We love him and thank him for his love and counsel. President Epperson of the Alexandria Stake joined us also.