Hopefully you are already at the stake center, on your way, or, like me, are comfortably lounging at home hoping the internet video link (found here) works great. Or you can click on over to Mormon Channel to see if it works via both video and radio as well.
Ok let’s see who wins the title of being the most prophetic about the “Changes to the Missionary Program.”
Beginning with an ok rendition of “Hark, All Ye Nations.” It seemed a bit slow, I like it exuberant and loud.
Elder Holland marks this as the largest zone conference ever.
Anyone else getting the Portuguese version of LDS.org when you try to click in?
The choir was comprised of MTC missionaries and members and ward missionaries. I’m guessing that was a foreshadowing of things to come.
A live feed to both Washington D.C. (missionary council) and Peru (stake council) (and a funny joke from Elder Holland about excited to use his Spanish) and Hawaii (ward council) where it is beautiful and raining.
Missionary work is a special part of the seventy’s calling. More info will come later.
Elder Perry on deck!
E. Perry: “New era with lowering of age. Lifechanging!”
Missionary work in digital age. Roles of local leaders expounded. The way we shared the gospel will be vastly different. Knocking on doors. The world has changed. People are busy.
Missionaries will use computers in meetinghouses and other buildings in the mornings to contact potential converts. Internet missionaries.
Mission presidents will monitor missionaries online.
Churches will be open for tours by missionaries.
Become FB friends with missionaries in your area.
Not sure where to put all these missionaries so made 58 new missions this year and 173 new Mission Presidents.
Our most important duty is to preach the gospel.
Each of us is called to invited others to come unto Christ, active, non-active and non-member.
Each ward should have a mission plan. Ward council coordinate the plan, bishop directs the work. council identifies those who need an invite and reactivate.
Must return priesthood to the homes.
Story of Scott, who did not wait for an official assignment to spread the gospel.
Missionary work will strengthen the priesthood.
“I”ll Go Where You Want Me To Go” music video about a family being missionaries in all sorts of situations.
Elder Neil L. Anderson up…in a prerecording. Speaking about councils and presidencies.
Lots of videos of women and men working together on councils. I’m really hopeful that they’ll have a women speak in this meeting.
Elder Neil L. Anderson tells a story about an inactive women who was helped back into the fold through the organization of the ward council.
“The bishopric realized that just talking about names wasn’t working, they need to get out and do something.”
Nice video medley of “I want to be a missionary now” and “To Bring the World His Truth.” But the video keeps skipping, at least on my end.
Elder Nelson, who is Chairman of Missionary Executive Council, is up now, interviewing Sister Marriott of the YW General Presidency.
Larry Richman introduces us to the new Hastening the Work website.
Sister Marriott: “I love church, but my true calling is in the home.”
Sister Marriott tells how she put family ahead of church meetings as needed and Elder Nelson interjected that it was being anchored to the gospel that made her a good mother.
Elder Nelson: “Love is lubricant of good missionary work.”
“In every ward ward mission leader and bishop set the pace of missionary work.”
“Handbooks tell us what to do, but not how we should do it. There is no set script.”
Each member will want to find those who are not a part of the gospel or who have left…motivated by love.
President Packer in pre-recorded part talking about his decision to become a teacher and how he receives revelation, by just getting up and teaching, relaying on the Spirit to make up the rest.
“The priesthood prides themselves on their teaching, but the greatest teaching in the church is done by mothers.”
“I know the Lord lives and I know the Lord.”
President Monson thanks everyone for their prayers during this difficult time in the wake of his wife’s passing.
“Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together to labor in the Lord’s vineyard.”
And of course, final music number is “Called to Serve!”
Any other thoughts about the meeting?