Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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.

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