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

Friday, May 8, 2009

Creating a slideshow

I am working on my final mission slideshow and I came across this fabulous picture taken by Elder Cromwell. I thought I'd share it.

Here is how the slideshows work.

As President Robison does interviews, the elders who are waiting upload pictures onto one of our laptop computers (macs of course).

Then a few weeks before we start zone conferences, I sort through the pictures and pull out about 1/4th of them to use in the slideshow. I use a photo of every baptism, if possible, plus other pictures that are fun and appropriate.

Then comes the toughest part - finding music that feels right. That's where I am stalled right now. My music collection is wearing thin after three years.

It takes me a couple of days to get it all put together.

We share the slideshows at the beginning at each zone conference. This gives the missionaries a chance to see their 'brothers'. With 11 different countries in this mission, this is about the only way they can stay connected.

For the past three Christmases I have burned all the year's slideshows on a DVD as a gift for each missionary. I'll do that once more as a departing gift. The slideshows get shown at firesides and family home evenings and the members love seeing 'their' missionaries at work.


Westover's said...

Thank you for all of your hard work on the slideshows. They are amazing. I look forward to them every 6 weeks.

Family of Elder Vernes said...

We have enjoyed and appreciated those slideshows. You have always put a lot of effort into this. We will miss it. Thanks a lot!

Greetings, The Vernes Family :-)

Brad N said...

While our son has been in the WIM a relatively short time, we have loved the slide shows. Our favorite has been Hurrah For Israel. Our children know the songs by heart. More importantly, there was a spirit about that slideshow that has inspired us to do more to help gather Israel. Thank you, Sister Robison.

The Neff family

Angela said...

The slide shows are one of my favorite parts of your website, I love them! Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into what our sons are doing each day.

hugs...The Schroath family

Lisa said...

What will we do when you guys leave?? You need to get the new president's wife to take over!! We love the videos. My little brother is Elder Craig Harris. Got to talk to him today... he sounds so good. So happy. Sweaty and hot. But Happy. :) Thanks for all you do!