In February we brought all of the leaders into Baton Rouge for four days of leadership training; 65 in total. We had 15 at the mission home.We felt the spirit of our mission increase in abundance after our first four day leadership conference. We have had several months to teach, practice, and implement these wonderful Fundamentals of Preach my Gospel lessons. We felt we had new missionaries and leaders in our mission that it was time to immerse them in the spirit. It is the Holy Ghost that is poured out in abundance at these gatherings, and it is four days in a row. These lessons train all of us to recognize the voice of the spirit it choosing questions to ask, which lessons to teach, and bringing power in our commitments.With the miracles of implementation every night these truths really sink into their hearts and they are empowered by the evidence of their faith.
Elder Duthie checking his planner after a great instruction on planning.
Sarah, the young adult next to me , and I single handedly fed 65 missionaries lunch and every day for four days in a row. We were pretty proud of ourselves. Let's face it, we know we had angels helping us all the way. Bill's sister was here from AZ and helped us serve.
Elder Sewell was a great server but he couldn't keep his tie out of the whipped cream. I think he was trying to save some for later.
At the end of each daily session the missionaries went out proselyting to practice with exactness what they had learned that day. This is a little miracle that the sisters experienced because they had the faith to implement the things they had learned. They were about to leave an apt building when Sister Hislop felt impressed to go to the end of the hall and knock on the door. This mom was busy cooking dinner but the sisters offered to come in and help so they could listen to the message of eternal families. The woman had been praying for new truth about life. It was a bit chaotic in the home , but they had learned the value of "how to begin" a lesson and sitting down and setting the stage for the Spirit. They had the faith to ask if the family could sit down and have a prayer, eliminate any distractions, and invite the spirit to be there so they could feel the truth of what they were teaching. They asked good questions and found out he concerns in their family and began to teach to those needs. This little family was blessed and wanted to have more lessons with the missionaries. We had miracle after miracle every night.