Saturday, November 26, 2011


The missionary purpose is identified as:

"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" (Preach My Gospel, p. 1).

We focus on this purpose. We increase faith in Jesus Christ with messages of hope. Additionally we introduce them to the "Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ."

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life" (2 Nephi 31:19-20).

Friday, November 25, 2011


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our senior couples, assistants, and area medical adviser (14 in all). So much to be thankful for.


Our fifth senior couple arrived in Florida on Wednesday afternoon November 23, 2011. We are very excited to have Elder and Sister Crismon serving in the Florida Orlando Mission. The Crismon's are from Orem, Utah.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Every six weeks when a group of missionaries depart we ask, "How will we ever survive without them?" but somehow we do! These 7 missionaries were great missionaries. They really have grown in the gospel. We love them - Now and Forever! They will be missed.


We have been extremely busy this past month. Right after the Mission Presidents Seminar we had transfers! We received 8 new Elders. We are so excited to have these new missionaries they will bring many blessings and converts to the Florida Orlando Mission.


This year the North America Southeast Area Mission Presidents Seminar was held in Orlando, Florida at the Renaissance Hotel. Seventeen mission president's and wives. Alabama Birmingham, Arkansas Little Rock, Florida Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Orlando, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Tampa, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta North, Kentucky Louisville, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Mississippi Jackson, No Carolina Charlotte, No Carolina Raleigh, So Carolina Columbia, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Nashville.

Southeast Area Mission Presidents Seminar

Pres. & Sis Hall (Orlando), Pres. & Sis Summerhays (Tampa), Pres. & Sis Jensen (Tallahassee), Pres. & Sis Barry (Jacksonville), Pres. & Sis. Holsapfel (Burmingham) We all came out together.
Elder & Sis Gonzalez and Pres & Sis Hall
Elder Allen and Elder Gonzalez and Elder Gibbons
Dinner at Bay Hill Club (Arnold Palmer's Golf Club)
North America Southeast Area Mission Presidents Seminar November 2011


Elder Walter F. González of the presidency of the Seventy presided at the seminar. Elders Gibbons and Allen of the Seventy assisted in training during our gathering. We also enjoyed the company of seven additional members of the Seventy, including Elders Bluth, Giddens, Gay and Ingram.

Our seminar began on Thursday and concluded on Saturday about 4:00 pm. During our training we were blessed with an opportunity to worship in the Orlando Florida Temple on Friday afternoon (Orlando Temple Official Web Site). Following our temple session, we enjoyed dinner at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge (Bay Hill Club) and the opportunity to meet Arnold Palmer.

The focus of our training was on establishing the Church through real growth. It was another remarkable experience for us and one we will never forget.

It was wonderful to meet with the other mission presidents and their wives from our area during the seminar.
The second day was training from Elder Stephen Allen who is the Executive Director of the missionary department
Much of our training was practical in application and revolved completely around missionary work. "Establishing the church through real growth". Real growth means real conversion (Matt. 28:19,20) It is a balanced effort of conversion, activation and retention. Finding fault is not a way to real growth.

There is no competition when we are constantly focusing on others. We just have to do our best and God will make up the rest. That is the miracle.

Testimony is something constant through all your life that you need to continue to experience. Pay attention to these experiences.

John Taylor: "If you do not magnify your calling, God will hold you responsible for those you might have saved.

Improve teaching skills one by one, the whole gospel is one by one.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Having visiting authorities is the highlight of a to baptising. Elder Larry W. Gibbons of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Gibbons, visited our mission for 2 days. Every missionary was at one of our two zone conferences and was uplifted in many ways. He taught that we are on the Lord's errand, it is His work, and he asked us to commit to Him. He asked the missionaries which way they faced, are you facing the Lord or the people? or are you facing the people on behalf of the Lord -- representing the Lord to the people and bringing His will to them. It is His work. Missionary work is not hard. Harder you work, the better missionary you become. Give everything, give it your all -- don't hold back. Elder Gibbon said all that has happened to me in my life that is good happened because of my mission. We will be talking about what we learned and how to apply it for months to come. Thank you Elder and Sister Gibbons.





You should know that the Stuart Zone was transferred into the Ft. Lauderdale Mission last Friday. This was brought about because of the growth of the church and particularly the announcement of the new Ft. Lauderdale Temple. The Stuart Stake was then put into the Ft. Lauderdale Coordinating Council. This then made it necessary to include the missionary work under the same coordinating council.
Although, we are sorry to see these missionaries be reassigned to a new mission, they will be a blessing and be blessed in moving the work of proclaiming the gospel forward. The minute a new temple is announced the missionary work accelerates.