Saturday, June 24, 2017

Zone Conference 6/22/17

The first zone conference was on Thursday, June 22 in Goleta.  The four north zones, SLO, SM, SB, and V, attended.  The morning's focus was the Book of Mormon.  President and Sister Felix took about a half an hour in talking about the Book of Mormon.  We had a breakout session with zone leaders leading a discussion and/or EDPEP with their zones.  We all came back together in the chapel and the zone leaders summarized what transpired in their zone.
SLO - Revelation through the Book of Mormon and being able to receive answers to questions.  The missionaries wrote down on a piece a paper their favorite scripture and placed it in a bowl. One paper was drawn and read. The idea is you can receive answers in the Book of Mormon of any question.  Have confidence in it.
Santa Maria - Characteristics of Book of Mormon missionaries.  The missionaries were assigned prior to zone conference to study the missionary assigned in the Book of Mormon, find an attribute and come prepared to share.
Santa Barbara - Use the Book of Mormon to substantiate the Restoration.  The summary was to make the Book of Mormon a priority in teaching.  The EDPEP was to help the investigator want to read  the last two paragraphs of the introduction.
Ventura - Resolving objections to reading the Book of Mormon.  Each companionship took a concern and shared a scripture to answer the concern.  The Spirit testifies of truth.
Experiences from the Sister Training Leaders, Hermana Training Leaders, Spanish Elder Training Leaders, and Assistants were shared regarding how the Book of Mormon helped an investigator they had taught.

Lunch was provided by the Santa Barbara Stake.  We had lasagne, salad, watermelon , roll, and ice cream sandwiches.

Elders McLawhorn, Wayment, Robins, Strom, Thurgood, Endicott, Alder, President Felix
Elders Allen, Matthews, Chesley, Blaylock, Atkinson, Nielson
Elder & Sister Iverson2, Sister & Elder Iverson, Sisters McGuire, Perry, Mendoza, Greding
Elders K. Davis, Hunter, Holm, H. Davis, Hardy, Scott, Swenson, Palmer
Sister & Elder Andrus, Elders Morby, Gemar, McCurdy, Harvey, Kelly, Shaw
Elders Brodie, Haslam, Hiltscher, Mata, Castro, Portillo
Elders Gray, Bunnage, Cannon, Shumway, Avalos, Liddiard
Hermanas Cortez, Coronel, Gonzalez, Pazmiño, Lethbridge, Anstee, Puertas, Elders Turley, Seui
Hermanas Basset, Huesca, Hernandez, Gomez, Torrico, Price, Dolder, Garcia, Sisters McInnis, Cardon
Sisters Cook, Page, Elders Pierce, Kopaunik, Richards, Snider
Elders Valladares, McLane, Peisley, Reeve, Iongi, Anderson, Rodriguez
Elders Pickett, Judd, Deason, Harper, Reichman, Harris, Feil, Johnson, Reeves, Ameny
Happy Birthday in the month of June:
Sisters Andrus, Page, Cook
Elders Reeve, Alder, Endicott, Hiltscher, McCurdy, Harvey

Clean car awards go to:
Elders Matthews and Allen
Elders Wayment and McLawhorn
Hermanas Huesca and Bassett
Elders Vallardares and McLane
Fast and Furious award for Sister Felix and Shot Gun award for President Felix since he is usually the passenger while Sister Felix is driving.
We sang Called to Serve.

San Luis Obispo Zone
Front:  Elders Allen, Hiltscher, Kelly, Atkinson, Nielson, Shaw
Sisters McInnis, Cardon, Hermana Garcia, President & Sister Felix, Hermana Torrico, Sisters Mendoza, Greding

Santa Maria Zone
Elders Holm, Rodriguez, Wayment, Anderson, Cannon
Sister Iverson, Hermanas Coronel, Cortez, Sister & President Felix, Hermanas Anstee, Puertas, Sisters Scott, Hardy
Elders Iverson, Shumway, Davis, McLawhorn, Peisley, Reeves, Sisters Perry, McGuire

Santa Barbara Zone
Elders Johnson, Reeves, Avalos, Liddiard, Castro, Mata, Snider, Pierce
Hermanas Hernandez, Bassett, Huesca, Sister & President Felix, Sisters Cook, Page, Hermana Gomez
Elders McCurdy, Morby, Pickett, Ameny, Judd, Deason, Kopaunik, Richards, Feil, Harris

 Elders Davis, Strom, Vallardares, McLane, Endicott, Hunter
Hermanas Gonzalez, Lethbridge, Pazmiño, President & Sister Felix, Hermanas Dolder, Price
Elders Sui, Turley, Alder, Thurgood, Harper, Reichman, Grey, Bunnage, Brodie, Portillo

Andrus, Felix, Iverson, Iverson2

President & Sister Ridgeway

We returned to the chapel for the afternoon.
 Elder Andrus announced the plan to have an award for the cleanest apartment in the zone (Clean Unto the Lord Award).  It will begin next transfer.
Sister Iverson spent many hours contacting and compiling pictures and comments from current missionaries and some who have gone home and assembled them in a book.  This was presented to us.

We began the afternoon session after the announcements singing the hymn "I Believe in Christ."
We have all been reading the Book of Mormon and marking the Christ-like attributes.  Every missionary was able to share what attribute stood out to them.
President Felix did a presentation on Christ.  We saw a portion of Elder Bruce R. McConkie's last remarks at General Conference on knowing Jesus Christ.  Stephen McConkie, his son, wrote a poem, "I Believe in Christ, and He Believes in Me." We heard a portion of that.  We had discussion on the Living Christ along with a couple of music videos about Christ being a miracle and He lives.  We were able to watch the fifteen apostles and prophets testify of Christ.
The new missionaries were able to bear a short testimony and the departing missionaries did as well.  It was then Sister Felix's turn to bear testimony and President Felix concluded the conference.  We sang "I Know that My Redeemer Lives."
The second conference is the next post.

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