Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Zone Conf 6/17/09, Baptism

This was our last zone conference with our awesome President Woodland. He is finished and will be leaving on July 1st. He has been the best mission president. Not only is he a savvy business man(one of the 5 owners of Dreyers Ice Cream and 1 of the CEO's of Hooked on Phonics), he is also a very humble, very knowledgeable of the scriptures, awesome spiritual leader. We have grown to really love this man and will miss him greatly.

Some of the missionaries during an acitivity.

This young man is Harold Pompier. Harold is from Africa and is a recently returned missionary in France. 5 years ago He started going to church and was attending for a long time and having fun with his friends, but not really studying the gospel or reading the scriptures. One day the Bishop grabbed him and asked him when was he going to be baptized. Harold replied that he had no need of baptism. However that got him to thinking and he began to realize that "something was missing". He started reading the Book of Mormon and it was then that he "felt close to God and had a desire to come to Him." He read, Mosiah 1:3 "And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God." Harold was baptized in 3 weeks and has been faithfully serving the Lord ever since. He is a great young man. I think he has the scriptures practically memorized. He is lively, fun, an inspiring.

President and Sister Woodland with us.

Elder Leavitt, our zone leader.

Elder Bertrand, our district leader.

Elder Bailey , our zone leader.

Elder Spicer

Elders Cabrera and Riley

Sister Carson

Elders Perez and Nielsen

Sisters Fritch, Arhets, and Shannon

Elder Scott

Elder Baker

Elder Baker from England. He has served a worthy mission and is going home today.

Elders Nielsen and Bailey, our first zone leaders.

Sister Carson and me.

In the morning the pres. taught us. Trust The Lord. Some of the examples were Nephi and Laban, the plates, the bow, Alma and Amulek. Amulek taught his friends, gave up everything. Then there were Enos, Amon, Lehi, Bro. of Jared, Strippling Warriors. Alma 57:26,27 "And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe- that whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power.
Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually."
Be Tusted By The Lord by obeying, having the courage to follow the spirit, know and align desires, ask, do good, doubt not, repent, sacrifice, walk in the dark, never grudgingly, fast and pray, be humble. Alma3:35 " Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts which sanctifiation cometh because of their yieding their hearts unto God."
In the afternoon pres talked about the covenants made in the temple. The Lord has a lot to teach his children. He picked these 4 things to teach them about godhood.
1a. Sacrifice: The only way we will really learn is to show humility. How else will we understand God? If we are not willing to sacrifice, we will never advance. This life is "Not About Me". It's all about what the Lord wants done. It will always have to do with others. ex temple work, missionary work. 1b.Obedience: Unlocks power we didn't understand. Helps us understand eternal life. Obedience= power. 2.Living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to learn how to be centered in the gospel (Jesus Christ). We must point toward the Savior always. We must become like He is. Moroni7:48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we sall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." Please center your lives on Christ. Don't let anything turn(lead) you away. 3. Chastity: Noone will be God unless they live the ordinance and are sealed by the holy spirit of promise that they have lived that ordinance. Purity and virtue are the key to godhood. Virtue gives us power to defend against Satan. 4.Consecration: We are His. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. It is only in that we have happiness and joy. When we fight that, we are unhappy. He will not ask us to do anything that will not lead to joy and happiness.
President Woodland said many other wonderful, inspiring things. It was a very spiritually uplifting conference. I know that those of us who attended this conference will never forget his words or the power and spirit that was felt there. He concluded by saying that, "The work will go forth. Nothing will stop it. We have been called for eternity."

This is Jean Luk with his wife Gizela and little son Jeremy. Jean Luc is Belgian and his wife is from Ecuador. We have been teaching them for a while and last Sunday Jean Luk was baptized. Gizela is already a member.

Sorry I chopped off the heads, but I still wanted to include these pictures. The young women are Emilie(2nd from L) and Rita(2nd from right).

The elder in white is Elder Hoskyns and next to him is Elder Bertrand. They are our current district leaders.

Emilie is French and Rita is from the Congo.

Emilie is the sister of Ester(2nd from r). Ester is the wife of Ben(bottom) who is the man I wrote about (From Muslim to Mormon). The 3 children are theirs.


Yvonne said...

I am so glad you posted this--what an uplifting and inspiring Conference it must have been. Thank you so much for doing a re-cap. I loved it. All of it is so necessary for me to remember.

Our MP and his wife will be leaving next week, too. We will miss them so much. We are so blessed to have such great people who are willing to serve--like you and your husband. Thank you so much for all you do.

It's fun to see all the pictures. (You look beautiful) These young missionaries are so great, aren't they.

nikko said...

Natalie, I love reading your updates! Your notes are always uplifting and inspiring.

Congratulations on the baptism! What a wonderful event!