Saturday, August 11, 2012

If You Want a Celestial Day, You Must Start With a Celestial Plan


"I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life."  Elder Russell M. Ballard (Preach My Gospel, p. 146)
 Learning how to set goals, making detailed plans of how to achieve each goal,  and then implementing those plans are an important part of missionary work. Missionaries prayerfully set weekly goals, break them down into daily goals, and make specific plans of how they will achieve them. Their daily activities center around accomplishing the goals they have set out to do that day. Missionaries who successfully conquer these planning skills always have results.

   President Monson has taught, "Preparation is hard work but absolutely essential for our progress."

   We recently finished touring the mission and individually meeting with each zone. My husband and I trained on Spanish language skills and planning skills. President Trayner interviewed each missionary and had each missionary individually teach him a concept from a lesson in Preach My Gospel in Spanish.

   We also had another great group of missionaries arrive and we had to bid farewell to other very great missionaries. I'm missing them already!

Here are some of the latest pictures:

Incoming missionaries:







 Transfer Day:










Transfer van!!!

Training for new missionaries and their companions
Outgoing missionaries: 



Good helpers- great cooks!









Zone Meetings and Interviews and other assorted pictures:


Herd of wild pigs in Laredo, TX










First chapel now under construction in Rockport, TX



Assistants to the President- We couldn't make it without them!


World's largest bee...


Senior Missionary Get Together: