Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hastening the Work--February 18-24, 2013

We have had several of the Filippina sisters return home to the Philippines. They are following the counsel that Elder Oaks gave last year for the sisters to return home to their families. He told them that being here is an unnatural situation for them as they are away from their husbands and children. They were to come up with a plan that would allow them to return home.  When they go home the other sisters have a good-bye party for them. They love to sing and perform. So the singing can go for a l-l-long time.

We are helping Sister Gong develop lessons for a thematic approach to teaching English that will be used by the missionaries in the various countries of Asia. She is using Mormon messages as the basis. We have been offering ideas and editing.

We had the opportunity to hear the story of one of the members of the Mandarin speaking branch tell of his experience in escaping from Guangzhou, China. He had to try several times before he was successful. He told of the river he was trying to swim across being full of dead bodies.

It seems that the past week was spent answering emails and concerns from the missionaries. Garnalee knows that most of Monday was doing exactly that. As we are in charge of all the travel for the Family History missionaries in Asia, Tom spent Tuesday setting up a spreadsheet to keep track of their expenses.

This week there was a conference for all the Asia Area Mission Presidents. One of the wives is from Blackfoot, and she wanted a picture of the Blackfoot people. So of course we obliged her. Pictured are Tom and I; Dr. Bertin, the medical doctor for all of Asia. (He graduated from Blackfoot High School.  His father, Con Bertin was a counselor at BHS for many years.) President and Sister Clark (she is also a graduate of Blackfoot High School). Just to show what a small world it is, Sister Clark is the sister of John Hoge who lives in our ward. President Clark said, "I proposed to Sister Clark in Blackfoot.  Does that count?"

We attended the China Hong Kong Mission Conference on Friday morning. Elder David F. Evans, of the first Quorum of the Seventy and the head of missionary department, was here. He told us to check out the Church News tomorrow to see the announcement of new missions. He spoke for an hour and a half. He started off talking about the temple but he said his real message was on the Atonement which he spoke about for an hour.  He encouraged the missionaries to have their investigators read the Book of Mormon from the title page to the end rather than jumping around.

China Hong Kong missionaries waiting for Elder Evans and the Area Presidency to arrive for a picture.

Instead of doing some site seeing on Saturday, we decided to go see the movie Lincoln. It was a good movie.

We checked out the Church News on Saturday to discover that 58 new missions have been created around the world. The Lord is hastening His work.

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