Sunday, April 20, 2014

semana santa...

¨...his hand is stretched out still...¨ 
2 Nephi 19:21
This is HOLY Week...or I would say it was a WHOL - E week of work.

Actually being with the missionaries one on one is a HOLY experience.
Their spirits, their insecurities, their desires, their happiness, their testimonies...
It is one of my favorite things to have this time to KNOW these young men and women.

We started the week with saying goodbye to one of our sister missionaries.
She is headed off to a HOLY experience at the temple in Bogota.
One of her convert families will be sealed 
she will attend on her way home to the Dominican Republic.
 We had a farewell dinner at Leños y Carbon...a good steak and a paper bib...and better company!
 We Love you, Sister Marte!

So happy for you Sister Marte.

La Costa Zone
It is always tradition to have lunch with this zone before they travel back to Buenaventura
...they can eat a WHOLE  lot of pizza!

Zarzal and Tulua Zones
A WHOLE day...
We start at the area farthest North in the mission
Stopping in Zarzal and Andalucia
 We then stop in Tulua for the whole afternoon
and make our way to Buga
We finally made it home shortly before 10pm...a WHOLE day indeed!

San Fernando Zone

Villa Colombia Zone
Appropriately so...we finished interviews on GOOD FRIDAY!
and this is how our assistants feel after training the WHOLE mission!

Good Friday continued 
with a visit from one of our Returned Missionaries
 Ben Belnap and his wife was good to have this AP back!
an activity with our Sister missionaries and their investigators

from the WHOLE Cerrito Branch!
 We were asked to speak at the Cerrito Branch today.
 Here we are with Branch President Albornos and his wife.
Happy Semana Santa!

¨More holiness give me, More strivings within,
More patience in suff´ring, More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior, More sense of his care,
More joy in His service, More purpose in prayer.¨

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The ¨last days¨...

In thinking about the many first experiences we have had
we rarely have time to stop and think about 
the ¨lasts¨...
We have had many missionaries leave and have given them their 
-last interview
-last dinner with us
-last hug or handshake
-last words of advice


we have arrived at the point of where our firsts have become lasts
The month of April we have: 
-our last interview cycle
-our last batches of banana bread in Colombia
(and maybe forever!)
-the last time to sit one on one with many of our missionaries

Be prepared to finish strong with us as we LAST to the end of our mission.

The First of the Lasts was in Popayán.
We had interviews with the Popayán Zone on April 1st...

and then with 

Cordillera and Calima Zones
 (minus a few faces due to a photographer overload!)

Palmira Zone

Paraiso Zone

And then a quick trip south to the 

Pasto Zone

Ipiales Zone

And then one LAST time we enjoyed the Ipiales youth
and attended a wonderful baptismal service

¨wherefore, labor ye, labor ye in my vineyard for the last time--
for the last time call upon the inhabitants of the earth.¨
DC 43:28

Friday, April 4, 2014

Taking Care of Business...

¨Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord´s errand and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord´s business.¨  
DC 64:29

The first order of business for the day 
 Come and Get it!

Getting underway
¨Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord...
Romans 12:10-11

About the business of 

 Working on English with Andres Fagua
Each Missionary had to say something in ENGLISH in order to recieve his or her lunch.
Sister Aagard was there to listen and help.

 Our guests Andres Fagua and Pres. Mauricio Camacho
Pres. Camacho, who speaks English very well,
 taught our Leaders to rely on
this scripture:
¨I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.¨
Philipians 4:13 feels good to get off our feet!!!!


Learning the business
of being a leader
 Our newest leaders - ready to get down to business!
Elders Santizo, Henostroza, Campos, and Anderson
Sisters Romero and Quispe
Elders Cunya, Dean, D. Payne, and Armstrong

April 2014 Mission Leadership Council
 Back:  Sisters Cruz, Avila, Ordoñez, PRINCES, Sisters Romero, Quispe, Baca, and AAGARDS
Middle:  Elders Aldunate, Laws, Eliason, Pancheri, Chase, Wilcox, Martinez, Perez, Didericksen, Pizarro, Henao, Delgadillo, Santizo, Anderson, Cunya, Armstrong, Dean
Front:  Elders Campos, Darley, Viza, Hogan, Jogler, Chamorro, Payne, Henostroza, Rocha

 Our secretaries behind the cameras!
¨Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; 
he shall not stand before mean men.¨
Proverbs 22:29

The business of training our leaders falls to our competent office staff, 
assistants, and President Prince.

¨And this shall be your business and mission in all your lives,
to preside in council, 
and set in order all the affairs of this church and kingdom.¨ 
DC 90:16

And thus we have leadership take care of business.
It is our mission to make sure that all affairs of this mission are in order.
The Lord is at the helm.
We look forward to hearing from our Prophet and leaders in the General Conference.

¨We will go and do what the Lord commands,
for we know that the Lord giveth no commandments
unto the children of men
save He shall prepare a way for them...¨
1 Nephi 3:7