"Make no small plans: This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together....We will see the time when we will baptize hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people." President Spencer W. Kimball

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Elder Cooks and Halstrom

Sent Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob

This week is absolutely crazy. Two baptismal interviews, Elder Cook and Elder Halstrom came to instruct our mission it was super cool. I shook their hands.... legend.....wait for it......The instructions that they gave us was so sick. He said a couple of awesome things but the coolest thing was at the end he said was "I know the voice of the Lord" freaking dope! I really enjoyed it. Also we had a baptism in our ward we should of had two but one of the people was not taught all the way so I had to postpone his date.  Everyday this week was crazy and to add on top of that we lost power to our apartment on Thursday and just got it back yesterday. This week was fun really fun and absolutely crazy.....Dary

Elder Cook talked about how he doesn't feel adequate to be an apostle and that about every month Elder Packer walks into their meeting in the temple saying "I am still trying to figure out why i am here" That was such a huge answer to prayers cause I have to do things all the time that i know i am not adequate to do what i am called to do. There is a lot of pressure and lots of doubts about my own abilities but to hear that the Apostles have the same feelings. WOW that helped me so much.

President i am excited for this new transfer and for the new lessons and opportunities that will come. I am really excited to see what happens and who will be here i am super exited. Let me know if there is anything i can do for you?

Love ya
Elder Andrews

LEADERS-Let's change the mission culture
Dear Leaders in the Lord's army,
I feel like we have some amazing leaders in the mission. I want to thank each one of you. I have been so impressed that the district leaders are setting goals for finding teaching and baptizing. In every area where the goals are being set they are also being achieved. Congratulations for all that is happening. We have seen many districts with district goals of 15 to 20 lessons per companionship. That is awesome!

Some of the senior missionaries told me after the transfer meeting that they saw missionaries hugging each other(elders and sisters). I certainly didn't see that but if I did, I would be very disappointed in those missionaries. Let's follow the guidelines of the white handbook. Handshakes are appropriate between genders while we are missionaries. Always stay by your companion so you can see and hear everything that happens and encourage the companions to be obedient. Let's make sure our Zones and Districts are safe and appropriate. Make sure the elders and sisters don't lean on each other or flirt with each other. It is wrong! It is embarrassing for other missionaries. It makes them less effective as missionaries. It makes members doubt our commitment. Lets focus on serving the Lord not ourselves.

Let's not plan district or zone activities for finding in each others areas or social activities or any other activities that is not in the basic schedule. See that after district meeting we go back to work not hang out and take another unofficial p-day. You are responsible for these missionaries. Teach them to be focused and purpose driven. Lets make our district meetings training days, not play days. As leaders we are accountable to the Lord for those in our charge. We have been called to this calling because of the Lord's confidence in us. Lets help our missionaries to be better more committed missionaries.

I love you all and know that this message can only come from you with the power it needs.
Deepest Respect and Love,
President Hansen

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