We have frozen this blog as a historical, yet informational view at what life is like in the West Indies Mission for all those called to serve. This blog was designed for the families and friends of those missionaries serving in the West Indies Mission from July 2006 to July 2009. Every six weeks, photos taken at zone conference as well as a new slide show including every person baptized were posted on the blog. All of the slide shows are also available on our You Tube channel. The current West Indies Mission blog can be found here. Posts on our missionary experience can be found here and earlier. And finally, if you are a returned missionary who served in the West Indies, there is a current blog for you. Click here or visit westindiesrm@blogspot.com

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Zone Leader Council - Day Two

We started the second day of zone leader council with a devotional at Las Cuevas beach in Trinidad. It is an absolutely gorgeous spot!

The setting was perfect to visualize the challenges Nephi faced as he was commanded to built a boat to cross the great sea.

We read and discussed selections from 1 Ne 17 and 18 and noticed that Nephi and some of his brothers described their eight year journey very differently (compare v2 and v20).

We wondered why and then found the answer in 1 Ne 2

Nephi had "great desires to know" God (verse 16)

Laman and Lemuel "knew not the dealings" of God (verse 12)

Nephi's faith, obedience and diligent work set a powerful example for the zone leaders as they contemplated how to continue to lift up the missionaries in their zones.

Nephi's example in knowing the 'dealings of God' and remembering them led us to talk about the 12 stones the Lord commanded Joshua to set up as a memorial after leading Israel through the river Jordan.

We finished by reading about Samuel's 'Eben-ezer' or 'stone of help' in 1 Samuel 7 and took verse 12 as a theme - "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."

That is certainly the case in the West Indies Mission.

So we found the perfect Trinidad 'Eben-ezer'

"Hurrah for Israel!"

They just had to close by singing 'Called to Serve' on the beach

On our way out we found a wonderful cave looking over the sea

Back at the mission home we had our 'best practices ' session - something we have done in every zone leader council we have ever held (not that many because of our spread out mission - about every four months). It is patterned after a practice called 'appreciative inquiry'. We discover what is working well and then dream about what can happen. Each zone leader team shares a 'best practice.' They always go home charged up and full of ideas. Some of the presentations are quite creative.

"spicing up" the work

finding people to teach

reproving with love

At the end of the day, there's always time for fun

and work (consulting on Suriname transfers)

and a little friendly rivalry between blue (BYU) vs red (University of Utah) football players.

Can you guess President Robison's loyalty?

And can you believe he put these two together as zone leaders in Guadeloupe!?


Jenny said...

Great Pictures. what an amazing looking conference

TimAprilA said...

Those pictures at the beach are amazing. I would love to go there one day, I have a cousin from there.