Wow! What a glorious week Joanne and I visiting the four multi-zone conferences this past week. We hope the missionaries enjoyed as much as we did. The musical numbers were fabulous! We have great talented missionaries.
|Hemet and San Jacinto zones|
|Moreno Valley Zone|
|La Sierra Zone|
|Mt. Rubidoux Zone|
|Corona Zone with President and Sister Hansen|
Our zone leaders gave trainings on “Short and Powerful Lessons, “Seeking with Faith,” and “Companionship Inventory.”
|Elders Steed and Williams|
|Elders White and Patterson|
|Assistants, Elders Anderson and Dew|
|Elders Day and Balls|
|Elders Fairbanks and Doi|
|Elders Sorensen and Willes|
|Elders Langley and Clark|
The sister training leaders presented “Seeing Yourself as Heavenly Father Sees You.”
|Hermanas Alvey y Hernandez|
|Sisters Price and DiPietro|
President Norman and President Hansen each took two days out of their schedules and presented on “Making Your Preparations Spiritual.”
Joanne provided a wonderful presentation on “the Divine Companionship,” a talk that came from the Seminar for New Mission Presidents we attended at the end of June. I enjoyed presenting on the “Atonement of Jesus Christ, Repentance, and Godly Sorrow.
|Us at one of the multi-zones|
Brother Gibson, a counselor for LDS Family Services discussed “Adjusting to Missionary Life.” His presentation was different for each multi-zone conference, depending on the needs of each zone.
Many thanks to the Relief Societies from the host stakes. The food was delicious and plentiful.
|Sisters Bartschi, Reagan; Elders Frisby and Frazier; Sisters Price and DiPietro|
|Elders Yang, Olsen, Sorensen, Brown, and Willes|
|Lots of food; lots of missionaries to eat it!|
Tears came to our eyes each and every time the missionaries sang. What a touching moment.
|Sisters Moran, Tonini, Diamond, and Rossignoli|
Joanne and I attended both the Saturday night and Sunday sessions of the Hemet Stake Conference. The theme was “Therefore, walk with me (See Moses 6:34). We spoke in the Saturday evening session; I gave my testimony in the Sunday session. Also, we met Paul, one of the investigators that Elders Andrew and Beatty are teaching; and Michael, one of the investigators that Elders Olsen and Brown are teaching. Great people. Sisters Hernández and Coffeen and Elders Escobar and Bailey did all the translating for both sessions. Whew! I know how tiring and difficult that is.
|Sister Hammon with Sisters DiPietro, Ford, Chandler, Pierce, Bartschi, Reagan, Coffeen, and Hernandez|
Sister Hammon and I had the wonderful opportunity to be with the young men and young women, their parents, and their leaders on Sunday evening at the Jurupa Stake Youth Missionary Fireside. Our presentation was “Spiritual Self-Reliance: Preparing to Serve a Mission.” We spoke about five principles we felt they needed to become spiritually self-reliant. We wanted to share the five principles:
Principle #1: We gain spiritual self-reliance as we ultimately understand and come to know and feel we are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father.
Principle #2: We gain spiritual self-reliance when we come to realize that the Lord will require hard things of you.
Principle #3: We gain spiritual self-reliance as we come to know, understand, and incorporate the Doctrine of Christ into our lives.
Principle #4: We gain spiritual self-reliance as we become worthy and stay worthy
Principle #5: We gain spiritual self-reliance when we read, feast upon, and ponder the scriptures daily, particularly the Book of Mormon.
We have just been having a marvelous time this week. We loved being with the missionaries in the various multi-zone conferences. We do not know many things—other than being with your family—that are better than being with missionaries, especially those in our California Riverside Mission. Thanks to all the parents for raising such incredible young men and young women.
We love you all!