We served 34 of us for breakfast yesterday. We ate waffle mormon which is a waffle with honey butter, another waffle with dulce de leche (carmel), bananas, peaches, cool whip and topped with strawberries, also eggs, bacon, grape juice or chocolate milk.
Our friends, the VanLeeuwens, came to visit. They just finished serving in the Oregon Salem Mission a month and a half ago. We put them to work in the kitchen.
We had breakfast at 8:30 so we could start our meeting at 9:30.
To begin MLC it was fun to hear the missionaries share what AWESOME attribute they were working on and how they were doing it. (They chose a word from the acronym awesome from zone conference.)
After the accountability report we heard from three missionaries that would be leaving after this transfer,
Sisters McClure and Baird, and Hermana Wiles.
President trained on the importance of the language of prayer. He started by showing about 5 minutes from Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland regarding prayer. We need to show respect when we pray. Use thee, thy, thou and thine. Quotes and a quiz were given out to help the zone leaders in training their zones. When you pray be on your knees or on your feet but never ever on your seat. We were encouraged to practice the language of prayer.
A reminder of the rule of 3, exchanges, and the standard of excellence were discussed.
Elders Davis and Harvey did a presentation on inviting to church.
The CVM target was presented with introduction by the Assistants talking about "A rising tide lifts all boats." They asked who is going to raise the tide? MLC!
Why do we need to raise the tide? Because Satan is strong, the Lord is hastening His work.
What is the tide? It is our obedience, energy, and the culture of the mission. We need to raise our expectations because there's been a lack of hope. We need to believe it can happen.
How do we do it? With attitude, expect success, faith, and our actions to fulfill the will of the Lord.
Sister Felix talked on unity and T.E.A.M (togther everyone achieves more); in unity there is strength.
President Felix talked about Zion and our mission hymn, Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise. He then announced the CVM target: We are ONE in ZION. We all sang the hymn as it used to be sung with energy and power. It was amazing!
The District leaders joined us for lunch at 12:30. We had a wonderful lunch: Pulled pork sandwiches, salad, veggies, potato salad, beans, and sherbet ice cream cones.
Sister and Hermana Training Leaders
Sisters Baird, Fisher, McClure, Barnum, Hermanas Wiles, Puertas, Anstee, Flores
Front: Elders Gemar, Harvey, Morby, Palmer, Christenson, Bradley, Slaugh, Holm
Back: Elders Huston, Davis, Hales, Wayment, Bronson, Hunter, Peart, Allison
Spanish Elder Training Leaders
Elders Suarez, McLane, Peisley, Barrios-Vega
Elders Swenson, Taufatofua
Front: Elders Hansen, Matthews, Herrera Barahona, Liddiard
Middle: Elders Mata, Heck, Anderson, Portillo, Reichman, Whatcott, Judkins, Jo
Back: Elders Herrera Loya, Levis, McLawhorn, Marchant, Hoff, Sila, Castro, McCurdy
For about an hour President did a leadership training with MLC and District Leaders.
How can I become a more effective leader?
Prepare spiritually, set the example, love, serve and minister, loyalty and unity -- a good leader expects loyalty, he in turn gives his loyalty, and accountablity.
President Felix is helping Eler Whatcott to understand how to tare a phone book in half.
President asked what did you learn? Responses were: don't give up, it may take a long time; the leader is there for others all of the time; you may have to show how several times. President committed the leaders to use some of the principles they learned in their leadership responsibilities.
The MLC were dismissed and more training for the district leaders followed.
Closing remarks from President Felix included talking about Zion and that it is a consecrated people of Jesus Christ. We are consecrated servants. There are four things to elevate, which are: attitude, gospel knowledge, obedience and work ethic.