Everyone did an exceptional job. We are so blessed to have such great missionaries in our mission.
Our focus was on weekly planning and how to carry out a district and zone class. Included in the training was how to do practices, ideas for language study, helping people better understand the Book of Mormon, asking for references, baptismal challenges and inviting someone to pray. So, yes! It was a lot!!
Sister Wagner (Hija) reviewed both Spanish and English vocabulary with a very fun game. The words were on a chalkboard and when she called out a word in one language, a person from each team had to race to the board and hit the word--in the other language. So if she said, "yellow" they would have to hit the paper that said, "Amarillo". We had a lot of fun with that game, although it got a bit crazy.
In another activity we used pictures to help tell the timeline of the Book of Mormon. My friend Cherie Clark from Florida came up with this idea back when we were teaching seminary together about 20 years ago. I just changed the wording to Spanish. We hope that the pictures can be used in family night lessons as well as when the missionaries introduce the Book of Mormon to people for the first time.
In addition . . .the Area Presidency here in Mexico has asked that we teach planning better to our missionaries. We gave each of the missionaries a large sheet of paper that will help them better plan their week and then together they practiced doing it. Our hope is that with better planning our missionaries can also have a deeper sense of urgency for the work. (Most are really good already, but there is always room for improvement.)
The pictures below are of some of these activities. They are in order of when they were taken--and so divided by area--not by activity.
Listening intently to planning instructions. That paper in front of them--the long one--is the one the mission is now using as a planning tool.
Day Two--Back to planning.
So who do you think has the quicker reflexes? Yep! President Wagner! Elder Fox gave it a good try though.