First--Sister Training . . . Our theme was "Small and Simple Things". We studied Alma 37:38-47 about how Lehi and his family had the Liahona which helped guide them to the promised land, but at times, because it was so simple and easy and required faith, they neglected to look (just as the children of Israel neglected to look at the serpent on the pole when they were dying) and they were left to suffer in the desert.
We compared that to not using our resources as we should--as in Preach My Gospel and the book Adjusting to Missionary Life to help us. Sometimes as missionaries we choose to suffer rather than read and apply the book.
I introduced the theme and then we had a Preach My Gospel chase to see how well we are using Preach My Gospel. We love this book!! And all of our training is out of it, but it was obvious that many of the missionaries are not using it on their own as they should. (But also a lot are.)
The Sister Training Leaders then taught on using the book Adjusting to Missionary Life. They had a fun activity that got everyone into the book and realizing that they need to use it more.
I taught again from the Missionary Manual (another valuable small and simple thing) on showing respect to ourselves, our companions, elders and members. As part of this we covered dress and grooming.
The STL taught again on using Chapter 8 of Preach My Gospel to help us set goals and also to plan to find new people to teach. They were followed by STL who led us through some very fun exercises!
We closed out the day with a Q & A with President Wagner along with a doctrinal discussion (every day the topic was different depending on the questions they had).
We had a great time!! Here are some pictures from our days together. (We had three meetings in three days in three different cities with three zones each. Each day 4 STL taught.)
As part of the meeting each of the sisters wrote something they do well. (See first point, pg 32, Adjusting to Missionary Life)
DISTRICT, ZONE AND SISTER TRAINING LEADER TRAINING
The following week--just after transfers, we held training for all the district, zone and sister training leaders. We had a lot of new leaders in the mission and wanted to be sure they were trained as quickly as possible.
As with our other training, we met with the leaders of three zones in three different cities over the course of three days. This time the assistants did a lot of the training.
First President Wagner spoke on a few problems we have been having in the mission with obedience and the need to change the mission culture to improve obedience.
I then followed with an activity on using the book Adjusting to Missionary Life to help all the leaders realize the value of the book. (We are trying our hardest!)
I later trained on planning--as in the importance of planning daily as well as weekly and to be sure we are always finding as well as helping investigators progress. (Way too much to explain here! But this is one of my favorite topics!)
The assistants followed with training on how to conduct divisions and help missionaries set goals. They also trained on how to conduct and carry out a district class, and call in reports at night.
President Wagner then held a "Noche de Hogar" (Family Night) with the missionaries. He had them all bring in their seats to sit closer and had a Q and A session with a doctrinal discussion just like with the sisters. I think this was really everyones' favorite part.
Here are some pictures!
And a little exercising!! This was actually to teach goal setting and to see how they are coming on the goals they set at our last zone conference. Notice President Wagner down there doing them as well!
I am sorry I didn't have more pictures but it was a busy time!
Later this week I will post pictures from our training meeting that was held today.