Monday, March 25, 2013

Zone Conferences March 2013


Texarkana Zone
Shreveport Zone
Monroe Zone

Clinton Zone

Jackson Zone
As recommended by the Missionary Department, we held our Zone Conferences at tables
arranged like a U. The President likes it a lot because he likes to move around as he talks.
We all liked the arrangement.

The arrangement easily allows for practicing which helps our missionaries learn how to teach well.

On day two in each Zone, we held Specialized Training.  District Leaders, Trainers, New Missionaries and Sisters all had opportunities for more training and questions and answers.  We are getting more sisters and this is a wonderful time to gather, strengthen, testify, enjoy!
Elder and Sister Rose attended this first week of Zone Conferences and Specialized Training with us.
Elder Rose is our Area Medical Adviser.  He is kind and patient and I call him a lot! 
(He is not is this picture.  You may have noticed.)

It is fun to pull into the Church parking lot and find a bunch of shiney,
clean missionary cars ready for inspection.  Missionaries compete against each other for
first, second and third place in clean and cared-for cars. 
They know how to fill the fluids and check the air. 
They know all the places to clean to make their cars exceptional.  They make us proud.
Hattiesburg Zone

 Gulfport Zone

Slidell Zone
 Elder and Sister Rose, after many hours and miles of traveling, returned to join us for
Gulfport and Slidell Zone Conference.
We are blessed with wonderful missionaries and excellent medical support!
Missionaries work hard, enjoy the work, and are blessed for their obedience.
We are too!

Trying to arrange, tidy and straighten each group for pictures, she is the best!
Pictures turn out better when she puts us where we belong.

Before it starts, missionaries enjoy
this wonderful (and brief) association.


Looking over these missionaries fills my heart with love and gratitude. 
We are so blessed to be here in the MJM, get to know them,
and watch them learn and grow into the spiritual, knowledgeable giants they become.

Being with the Sisters is always a delight!
I am very proud of the way they are all handling everything that is asked of them!
They do a lot.  They give a lot.  They smile and offer more.
This mission is blessed by them.


Saturday, March 23, 2013


Here is the current apartment in Coushatta with its handsome residents.

They will soon move into this cute little cottage with new appliances and after it's painted.

Senior's Conference, March 2013


In case I haven't let you know recently, these seniors act like youngsters.  They have energy, enthusiasm, commitment, strength and stamina.  We are blessed to work with them in this mission.  We couldn't do this without them.  We love them.  The young missionaries love them.  They are kind and generous and loving.  Some will go home soon.  You already know how I feel about that.

Our deepest thanks to them and gratitude to our Heavenly Father for this tremendous opportunity to know and love them.  A frequent wonder is, how can we go on without them?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Balloons on the Other Side....

How to say good-bye and thank you to a valiant missionary?
Haven't found the words or the way.
We know how HAPPY his family is for his return!

New Transfer Board at the Mission Home

Need I say more?

Greenwood, Mississippi

We were on our way to Greenville, Mississippi, and stopped in Greenwood, Mississippi, to see these wonderful missionaries.  We had a few extra minutes before their next appointment and they took us to see this beautiful, southern mansion!  Have you seen "The Help?"  This is the house in that movie.

The current owner is kind and generous and moved her car for more pictures.  There is a sign on the fence at the road that welcomes people to come and see the house.
We haven't seen the movie and so we didn't know the significance of the willow tree and little bench, but the missionaries assured us it was an important part of the movie and we should have a picture on the bench.
There was a row of magnificent huge oak trees along the lane into the house.  When they moved the house to this location, I bet they saw how grand these trees were!
This gives you a better idea of the size.....
Lots of acorns!


March Zone Leader Council

Our most current Zone Leaders

Plus these two who missed the picture.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Moving Day

Good-bye 581 Towne Center Blvd, Suite C.   It served the mission well.  It's been a nice place.
Such a strong and great moving crew!
And a beautiful day for a move.
Hello, Brandon Building.
The new space is former offices of the bishop, clerk, seminary room
and two classrooms.  Before the furniture is moved in, it looks just like a church room.
More of the moving crew.
Many hands.....
The move went really well and was completed in a day, not counting the planning, organizing, deciding, and arranging that's gone on for months previous to this day.