We had three wonderful zone conferences this week in Talca, Santa Cruz and Rancagua. As I mentioned last week, our focus for the conferences this time is Predicad Mi Evangelio or Preach My Gospel. It is a crucial tool in missionary work. President Warne has challenged the missionaries this month to read it cover to cover. As with our recent challenge to read the Book of Mormon, the missionaries are enjoying reviewing, relearning and feeling the inspiration of the Spirit as they renew their commitment to learn from and use these two vital resources.
However, as Elder M. Russell Ballard taught in his April, 2014 conference talk, Following Up: “…Can you imagine the impact if family and friends included things they are learning from their personal study of Preach My Gospel in their letters and emails to their full-time missionaries? Can you picture the blessings that will come to families when they know and understand better what their sons and daughters will be studying and teaching on their missions?... I invite all members, regardless of your current calling or level of activity in the Church, to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel. As President Monson has said, ‘Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him.’”
Whether you are a parent with a missionary in our mission or are reading this blog for other reasons, I invite you to join with us in our study of Preach My Gospel and focus, as we are trying to do, on inviting people to come to Christ and receive the blessings of the gospel. Everyone, whether a full time missionary or not, is entitled to know the joy of sharing the gospel and helping to bring someone to the waters of baptism. Elder Ballard finished his talk with the following: “May the Lord bless all of us in our efforts to hasten the work of Salvation, I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” I add my own amen, and thanks for reading.
|They are always happy to have pizza--Papa Johns!|
|Sorry, only one picture of hermanas this week, but they look good!|
|All the elders from Santa Cruz zone|
|They look well-fed, right? From Tuesday's conference in Talca.|