Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zone Conference Sep. 1, 2009

Tuesday was zone conference for two missionary zones at Bayanzurkh. The announcement was made to the missionaries that Elder Lasson will be the new first counselor to President Andersen in the mission presidency. Elder and Sister Lasson arrived in Mongolia one month ago. He will be great in this calling, but he will also be very busy between the mission presidency and overseeing Deseret International Charities and the teaching of English with his wife.

At the beginning of the zone conference all of the missionaries arise and recite D&C 4 in unison, both in Mongolian and in English. Then they recite My Purpose, again both in Mongolian and English.

My Purpose
Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

The missionaries were reminded that when they were set apart as missionaries, they were set apart from the things of the world. They were reminded that obedience to the commandments and to the mission rules helps us to be better. The importance of teaching from the scriptures was emphasized.

Each zone conference always has a theme on which all of the missionaries are to be prepared to give a short 3 minute talk. A few missionaries may be called on at a zone conference to 1) share an experience in the past week where they accomplished their missionary purpose, 2) give a talk on the assigned topic, or 3) bear their testimony on things they've learned by the spirit at this zone conference.

The assigned topic was adversity. Wes and I both prepared talks. Wes' talk is not written down, but I wrote my talk so I'm attaching my talk.



Wendy said...

In the same talk by Elder Christofferson he says "In times of distress, let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience exact." In that way God can be your help and support in adversity.

Travis and I were talking about that quote last night during our evening walk and what it means to us. I guess when they say to do all you can and turn the rest over to the Lord, they mean do all you can both temporally and spiritually.

Joan said...

That's a wonderful quote. Here on our mission we hear over and over about keeping our covenants and consecrating our lives to the Lord.