Santiago, Chile MTC - Mission Journal, 1990 - 1991

H. Clay Gorton

24 January 1990. Elder Marco Olguin, Puente Alto Stake, suffered severe stomach cramps beginning mid afternoon. As they progressed in severity, we felt it prudent to have him examined at the Clinic Las Condes. First, however, he was administered to by his companions, Elder Juan Grudechut anointing and Elder Moisés Ortiz sealing the anointing. He was diagnosed as having a species of colic, was given as sedative, instructed to rest with no food until tomorrow. His symptoms appreciably diminished following the blessing.

29 January 1990. Saturday, 1/27, the missionaries practiced door approaches in the Santiago South Mission for 1 1/2 hours. Fifteen missionaries did not have enough money for bus fare-- apparently having provided all that they had for their MTC expenses. During their proselyting time, the 20 pairs of missionaries placed 52 Books of Mormon and 51 pamphlets. They gave eight first discussions with four appointments for the second discussion, and they made 69 appointments to teach the first discussion.

Friday afternoon 1/26, Elder Juan Pablo Balangué began coughing with such severity and frequency that we attempted to call a doctor, but were not able to make contact with either Dr. Hardy or Dr. Muñoz until Saturday morning. Dr. Muñoz came and determined the beginning of a lung infection for which she prescribed four shots of penicillin at 12 hour intervals. (I administered the shots.) Elder Balangué is essentially well now. At the same time we had Dr. Muñoz examine Sister María Poblete and found that she had scabies. She gave an appropriate prescription and we must boil her sheets before they are used again.

Sunday night a Home Evening was scheduled. Group leader, Sister Giovanna Vilches, was asked to conduct and organize a musical number. She instead organized the entire program, which consisted of a typical young adult family home evening, a brief spiritual message followed by skits, pantomimes and jokes, quite out of place for a Sunday evening and particularly out of place for the spirit of the MTC. Perhaps we should call it a Sunday evening fireside.

11 February 1990. Group 205 consists of 16 sisters and 26 elders. This has been an outstanding group, attentive, alert and studious. During practice proselyting for two hours yesterday afternoon they (21 companion pairs) taught 18 first discussions on cold door-to-door approaches, and made return appointments to teach the second discussion in 15 of the homes. They placed 35 Books of Mormon and made 77 appointments to teach the first discussion at a later date. Sacrament meeting today was devoted to testimonies, and we let it run for one hour 40 minutes to accommodate all who wanted to speak-- marvelous spirit.

We have observed some spottiness in the quality of the instruction and training activities and so have begun meetings with the teaching staff while the missionaries are out proselyting. We translated "Practicing the Discussion in Companion Pairs" and "Learning to Teach the Discussions" into Spanish, and distributed them among the teachers.

25 February 1990. Group 206 arrived on 22 Feb.-- comprised of six sisters and 15 elders, designated for the missions of Cochabamba, Antofagasta and Viña del Mar. Included in the group are two elders that were originally designated for other times, that are assigned to the La Paz mission.

Note from the previous group. In interviewing Elder Vargas from Cochabamba assigned to the La Paz Mission, I asked him what was the indigenous language of his area, and he replied, "Quichua". I asked him if he knew any Quichua words and he replied that he understood the language perfectly. I then read to him from 3 Ne 9 the names of the cities that were destroyed at the time of the crucifixion of the Savior and asked if any were familiar to him. He recognized two names as Quichua words-- the first, "Mocum", Quichua "mocu" which is the name of the process by which the natives make their alcoholic beverage, chicha. The other word was Kishkumen, which in Quichua signifies a person of authority that has other people reporting to him-- an additional evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

2 March 1990. Included also in group 206 are Brother and Sister Belisario and Clara Iturra, assigned to the Santiago North Mission. They are 72 and 54 years old, respectively. Brother Iturra was recently released as counselor in the Santiago Temple Presidency.

Elder Claudio Reyes, assigned to the Viña de Mar Mission, at age 11 was the victim of an attempted molestation, which has left him with feelings of guilt and unworthiness. He has sought the help of psychiatrists but without relief. We have discussed his problem at some length with him, and today responded to his request for a blessing. He appears to be a clean, worthy young man with a great potential to be a powerful missionary.

5 March 1990. Saturday, the group comprising ten companion pairs practiced door approaches in the Santiago North Mission for two hours. All but one pair taught the first discussion, and Elder Choque and his companion taught three first discussions. A total of 12 discussions were taught by the group.

Sister Guadalupe Flores, assigned to the Cochabamba Mission, was very preoccupied, feeling unworthy to enter the temple because she had not paid tithing, the reason being that she had no income. Last Monday night she had a dream in which she was extremely concerned for her worthiness, feeling unworthy to enter the temple and unworthy of the Father's Kingdom. In the dream she found herself in a room where the light suddenly became brighter, and as she asked if she was worthy to enter the Kingdom she looked up and saw the MTC President, who extended his hand and said, "Que entre" (Let her enter). The following day she recognized the increased brilliance of the light at a certain place while going through the temple-- and I had the privilege to receive her at the veil, having that assignment in the temple when the missionaries are there.

12 March 1990. Group 207 arrived Thursday, March 8. Thirty five missionaries were scheduled. However, two sisters from Mexico have visa problems. Therefore, they will be processed by the MTC in Mexico City and sent from there directly to their missions. They are Rose Juarez García to Osorno Mission and Laura Quintanilla Hernández assigned to the Santiago Sur Mission. Elder Giovanny Lazos Justiniano from Paraíso Stake, Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Sister Mary Flores, Sucre Stake ,Sucre, Bolivia, both assigned to the La Paz, Bolivia Mission, both had passport problems and are delayed until the next group from the La Paz Mission. The same is true for Joseph Coca Tordoya.

During a phone conversation with the La Paz Mission today, we learned that Elder Choque (Group 206) who taught three discussions last Saturday, was met at the airport on his arrival in La Paz by his father, who asked Elder Choque to baptize him. The baptism took place over the week-end-- a powerful testimony of how the Lord blesses those who dedicate themselves fully to His holy work.

1 April 1990. Group 208 is composed of 28 elders and 3 sisters. At the request of missionaries recently assigned to a newly opened district, the missionaries were assigned there for their two-hour practice of door-to-door contacting. The 15 companion pairs taught 11 first discussions, with appointments to teach 10 of the families the second discussion. They made appointments to teach the first discussion to 49 families, placed 10 Books of Mormon and 36 pamphlets. This area is one in which the life of a North American companion to a Chilean elder was threatened last week, and during the revolution 17 years ago, 30% of the people in this area were assassinated in the turmoil. Therefore, we told the missionaries (after their return) that they were sent among a people that were as wild and bloodthirsty as the Lamanites to whom Ammon and his brothers taught the gospel "and brought thousands to a knowledge of the Lord". Having taught 0.73 discussions per companion pair X 90% return rate for the 2nd discussion, X 3 such 2-hour periods per day, X 6 days per week, X 52 weeks per year, X 2 years, assuming an average family size of 4 and a baptismal rate of 05% of those receiving the 2nd discussion, this group would have baptized 2180 people per missionary during their missions.

One missionary pair was composed of Elders Mansilla and Ortiz. Elder Mansilla reported that they had knocked on all the doors in one block, and where rejected at every door-- often with some hostility. At the end of the block, Elder Mancilla received the impression that they should return to a particular house. When they did so, a different person received them , was happy to invite them in, and informed them that she had prayed all day the day before asking the Lord if he would send the missionaries to her so she could learn of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They taught her the first discussion, and were invited back to teach the second.

6 April 1990. Group 209 arrived yesterday. Among them, Elder Giovanny Lazo Justiniano, from the Paraíso Stake in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, assigned to the Bolivia La Paz Mission. Elder Lazo reported that he had not received a temple recommend nor had been set apart as a missionary. I contacted his stake president, President Bimbaumer, who confirmed his worthiness and indicated that he had not appeared for an appointment to be set apart, and authorized us to interview for a temple recommend and set him apart as a missionary. This we did on 6 April 1990.

8 April 1990. We received a letter from Sister Gonzales, Group 206, now in the Cochabamba Mission, who wrote that upon her arrival she and her companion were assigned to a newly opened area. They had their first baptism in three days, and four more in two weeks, with 12 more at the point of being baptized. They fasted every other day for two weeks for one of the persons who were baptized with the four.

21 April 1990. During preparation day, April 12, Elders Tapia and Alarcón decided to present a Book of Mormon to the newly-elected president of Chile, Patricio Aylwin. Their account of the occurrence, as written by Elder Alarcón, follows: (Since a contact had been made with the office of the president of the nation, we transmitted the account to the Area Presidency in Buenos Aires.)

En la noche de miércoles 11 de abril de 1990, ya con mi compañero Elder Tapia, nos prestábamos a dormir. Cuando ya eran mas o menos las 10:45 de la noche Elder Tapia dormía, yo Elder Alarcón también, cuando de pronto mi compañero Elder Tapia despertó muy rápidamente y poniendo una de sus manos en mi hombro me despertó, diciéndome con una seguridad que yo pude darme cuenta, me dijo que debíamos ir al palacio del gobierno, con que razón, en el momento, yo no le sabía.

Elder Tapia me relataba que mientras dormía un pensamiento se clavó en su mente, el cual era el antes mencionado, con el objetivo de llevar un Libro de Mormón al Presidente de la República. Yo Elder Alarcón empecé a analizar la situación y me imaginé el como sería estar en ese gran palacio que debíamos entrar.

Bueno, al día siguiente era nuestro día de preparación, como las 16:00 horas nos dirigimos al Palacio del Gobierno. Al llegar a la entrada principal se nos acercó el jefe de guardia presidencial. Le saludamos muy amablemente. De primera nos pareció imposible poder entrar, pero luego de una breve conversación con el jefe de guardia, expresándole que queríamos hacerle llegar un Libro de Mormón al Presidente de la República, él nos dijo que no habría ninguna objeción.

Fue añí que me dirigí a una sala u oficina especial, donde nuevamente di a conocer mi inquietud, luego de esa oficina especial pasé a un escritorio, donde personal del Palacio de Gobierno, me dijeron que era lo que deseaba, nuevamente tuve que comunicarle me deseo y asi fue que me pidieron nombre y dirección. En lo que escribí fue poner una breve dedicatoria al final del Libro de mormón, la cuál decía lo siguiente: "Querido Presidente de la República--Esperando que se encuentra muy bien, le hacemos llegar este Libro de Mormón, el cual pertenece a la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días, más conocido como la Iglesia Mormona. Sus amigos, Elder Tapia, Elder Alarcón, y la dirección del CEM. Y en un lugarcito más abajo le use (Léalo le gustará). Después de haber hecho esto, esta persona me facilitó un sobre en el cual puse a quién iba dirigido, en este caso al Presidente de la República, Don Patricio Aylwin Azocar. Remite Elder Tapia, Elder Alarcón, los Mormones. Después que hube puesto esto puse el Libro de Mormón dentro del sobre y se me dijo que fuera a una ventanilla para tener el sobre un timbre de seguridad, en el cual un carabinero especializado tomó el sobre y colocándolo en una máquina muy extraña, al parecer era una máquina detectora. Cuando el carabinero hubo hecho una inspección al sobre me dijo: ¡Ha! Es un Libro de Mormón.Yo quedé muy impresionado cuando dijo esto, si en realidad no se veía nada a través del sobre y menos el nombre del libro.

Bueno, luego el carabinero timbró el sobre con un sello de seguridad y me lo pasó. Nuevamente me dirigí al secretario, donde hice entrega del sobre con el libro, y esta persona muy segura me dijo, "No se preocupe. Este libro llegará al Presidente.

Ya habíamos cumplido me despedí muy afectuosamente al igual que cuando llegue, de igual manera ellos conmigo, y al salir también nos despedimos de igual modo con el jefe de guardia quién conversando con me compañero le dijo que tenía un sobrino miembro de la iglesia y ex misionero.

10 December 1990. Elder Guido Maulén Riarte was set apart as a missionary by myself on 7 December 1990. There had not been time to be set apart before he left his home in Calama, Chile. He is assigned to the Santiago North Mission, and entered the MTC with Group 224 on 6 December.

25 May 1991. Multiregional conference held in Santiago, Saturday afternoon and Sunday, May 24-26, 1991.On Friday morning the six mission presidents, nine regional representatives and the MTC president met for two hours with Elder Richard Scott, of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Presidents Lynn A. Mickelsen and Eduardo Ayala of the South America South Area Presidency. At 10:00 the regional representatives were dismissed to attend a session at the temple. In the afternoon and Saturday morning, the above convened with the 51 stake presidents in Chile. At 11:00 Saturday morning President Howard W. Hunter, of the Quorum of the Twelve, joined the conference. Saturday afternoon and Sunday leadership meetings and general sessions of the multiregional conference were held. We were invited as guests to the Sunday session of the regional conference

On Friday afteroon Elder Scott emphasized the priesthood leaders were to:

  1. Have a vision of the work to be done
  2. Minister to the needs of the people
  3. Administer the programs of the church

Leadership meetings are of two types-

  1. Meetings for decision and action;

Such meetings should have a prepard agendum, with copies distributed to the participants before hand, so they may come prepared with suggestions and recommendation.

  1. Planning meetings;

Such meetings are for idea generation. Discussion and idea sharing would be encouraged. The meetings may be of a longer duration than the first type but would normally be held less frequently.

Elder Scott suggested that the leader's wives should be their best counselors in non-confidential matters.

On Saturday morning President Hunter spoke for a short time. Speaking of the growth of the church, he said that when he became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve (Oct. 1959) there were just over 1 million members in the church. It then grew to 2, 3 and 4 million. At the last conference it was announced that the church membership was nearly 8 million. He said that there will be 10, 20, 100 million members of the church.

At a brief luncheon meeting following the morning session (the nine stake presidents and two mission presidents in the multiregion, and the temple and MTC presidents) President Hunter said that the time is coming when the church will bring liberty and democracy to the people. High government officials are beginning to come to the church for counsel. “I think we will become a power in the world”, he said, "tho we're not seeking power. We're seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people." He said that the time would come when the membership of the church would have a greater interest in sharing the gospel with others.

7 June 1991. Elder Fernando William Martínez Sivila, from Tupiza, Bolivia, a district of the La Paz Mission, arrived at the MTC on 6 June, 1991, not having been set apart by his mission president. We set him apart as a missionary assigned to the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission on 7 June, 1991. Elder Martínez was born 19 November 1971 and baptized on 12 December 1986.

13 June 1991. Elder E. Wilfredo Escóbar Villarroel, from the La Paz Bolivia Constitución Stake, assigned to the Cochabamba Mission, arrived at the MTC on June 6 with Group 235. Two days before arriving he noticed a slight swelling on his right leg about 4 inches below the knee cap. By Monday night, 10 June, his leg had swelled appreciably and was so painful he could not stand on it. He also had a headache and fever. On Tuesday we took him to the Clínica Las Condes for an examination by Dr. Ricardo Pérez. He took X-rays and diagnosed osteoporosis, a bone infection. Elder Escóbar's history revealed a similar infection at age 10 that left several large scars. He was interred and operated on that afternoon. The swelling resulted from a hemorrhage rather than from a superficial infection. However, the doctor determined that there was a streptococcus infection in the bone. Elder Escóbar was released from the hospital on Thursday, 13 June, and will be required to remain in bed with his leg elevated for six days. A bone sample was taken for microscopic examination, but the results will not be available until next Monday.

Elder Escóbar's operation was successful, but he was required to remain in bed until the last day of training for his class. He was therefore held over and attended the following class, and then left for the Cochabamba Mission.

31 July 1991. Today Elder Pedro Damian Pastén Peña arrived at the MTC with is parents from Antofagasta. They planned to be endowed and sealed as a family before entering the MTC. However, the father was not available for a temple interview by his stake president, and I was asked to perform the interview and countersign his recommend, which we did. Also Elder Pastén had not been set apart as a missionary, and President Emilio Diaz' secretary called yesterday asking if I would set him apart. This we also did in the company of his parents Pedro Enrique Pastén Morales and Gloria Peña Marín. They will attend the temple tomorrow before checking in at the MTC.

1 August 1991. Two additional missionaries entering the MTC today had not been set apart by their local leaders. Elder José Luís Araya Tapia, from the Chile El Morro Stake in Vallenar, 3rd Region; and Sister Gloria del Carmen Galleguillos Alvarez, from the Chile Copiapó Stake, 3rd Region. We set both missionaries apart on 1 August, 1991.

6 August 1991. I received a phone call from President Julio Otay Gómez, Chile Puerto Montt Stake, advising that when he set apart Hector Alejandro Delgado Soto as a missionary he neglected to ordain him to the Melchizedek Priesthood, and requested that I do so. Elder Delgado is in the present class in training in the MTC. The timing of the call was fortuitous in that in two more hours we are scheduled to go the temple. Consequently, I conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood on Elder Delgado, and ordained him to the office of Elder therein.

22 August 1991. Elder Osvaldo Engique Rios Veras, assigned to the Chile Concepción Mission, arrived today for the class 239, and informed us that he had not been set apart as a missionary by his mission president. He comes from the Copiapó Branch of the Antofagasta Mission. We set him apart as a missionary in the presence of a counselor in the branch presidency and his wife of another branch in the mission, who had accompanied Elder Rios from Antofagasta, and are attending the temple while here.

Elder Rios informed us that his parents are Jewish, and that when he joined the Church three years ago his parents threw him out of the house. He joined the army for a two-year term, and on his return applied for a mission. When he announced to his parents a week ago that he was going on a mission, he was struck by his father. Nevertheless, he holds no animosity, and understands his parents point of view and that they are acting out of love and concern for him in light of their own religious beliefs.

3 September 1991. We received a letter from Elder Ricardo Ramallo Mendoza, (MTC Group 238) from Oruro, Bolivia, and assigned to the Cochabamba Mission. The letter was written one week after Elder Ramallo arrived in the mission field. Since it contains interesting information on the application of techniques learned in the MTC, it is reproduced in its entirety below:

Hola papi Gorton, ¿como está Ud.? Espero que bien. Hace una semana exactamente que yo me encuentro en mi primera zona, y le cuento no es muy agradable que se diga, hay una temperatura de 35 grados y es un infierno verde. Es monte puro. Tenemos que viajar en bicicleta y con el calor se nos pegan las ropas, pero igual damos charlas. Sabe papi, yo tuve mucha suerte pues mi compañe­ro es Elder Choque. No sé si se acuerda de él, pero es muy bueno. Claro que tal y cual Ud. lo dijo, ya cambió las charlas y enseña diferente de memoria sin usar las charlas. Pero vea Ud. que cuando dimos la primera charla y no aplicaba mu­cho el modelo de compromiso, pero por la noche cuando me preguntó que me pareció las charlas que él dio, yo lo contesté que se olvidó de muchas cosas-- de averiguar, de invitar a comprometerse y de verificar. Además debía leer las charlas. En su guía de ayudas visuales él pegó un montón de figu­ras de Cristo, muros y otras cosas más, usaba muchos ejemplos y la charla duraba como hora y media, y todos salíamos cansa­dos y aburridos de la charla.Mire Ud., no se enojó, más bien se puso a pensar. Al día siguiente cuando dimos la charla 2, me la dejó a mi y yo la di tan bien como pude, y todos comprendieron bien. Enseñé tal y cual Ud. nos enseñó. Cuando no compren­dían, repetía, pero lo mismo de la charla.Me acordé del Presidente Mickelson cuando enseñó sobre la fe y como averi­guar. Lo hice igual y todos entendían bien cuando repetía las mismas palabras sin cambiar na­da, co­mo está en la charla.Fue real­mente magní­fi­co ver las caras de esas perso­nas cuando termina­mos la charla. Querido papi Gorton, en verdad sé que si apli­ca­mos todo lo que aprendimos en el C.E.M. pode­mos enseñar mejor. Pude darme cuenta que es así.

Es muy diferente enseñar a personas que no saben nada de Cristo, de Dios y de la Iglesia, pues no compren­den muy bien de lo que les ha­blamos y es más fácil enseñar y convertir a aquellos que sí saben de Dios y la Iglesia, pues simplemente ayuda­mos a estas personas a resolver sus dudas. No resolve­mos sus dudas, simplemente les ayuda­mos a darse cuenta a buscar la falla y luego se sienten mejor cuando se dan cuen­ta que ellos mis­mos tienen la respuesta, simplemente no se daban cuenta que la tenían.

Esta tierra en la que me tocó enseñar es muy bue­na. La gente es casi aborigen, muchos viven en concubinato sin estar casados legalmente, y tienen muchos hijos. La próxima semana tendre­mos va­rios matri­monios en la capilla y luego serán miem­bros de la Iglesia. Podrán bautizarse. Sabe papi Gorton ya di como 20 charlas en esta sema­na y es muy proba­ble que ya bauticen. Mis compañeros están satisfechos conmigo.Me dicen "verde", pero igual yo los enseño a ellos a ser más obedientes. Me dicen también "olor a templo", pero aún tengo el templo en mi corazón. ¡No cambiaré! ¡Seré un eficiente misionero! un adoptador tem­prano. Es­críbame papi.

Elder Ramallo

P.D. Me olvida: en el avión dimos seis charlas y 29 contactos, los seis con compro­misos a escuchar las cinco restantes.

29 September, 1991. Today we had the privilege of baptizing Celia Magdalena Rojas Canto in the Chile Florida Stake center and assisted Elder Gutiérrez in confirming her. Sister Rojas works at the photo shop in the Jumbo supermarket, where I met her while submitting a roll of film for processing about six weeks ago. In our conversation about the Church she expressed a desire to be a missionary. I outlined to her the requirements, which included receiving the missionary discussions, being baptized and preparing oneself for at least a year of membership. We set a date for the missionaries to teach her, and the reference was given to sister Silvina Michalek, who entered the MTC on 20 June, 1991 in Group 236. Last week Sister Rojas called to ask if I would baptize her.

This past week Nestor Curbelo the historian for the South America South Area, came to Santiago to conduct interviews to obtain anecdotal history of the Church in Argentina and Chile. He spent most of Friday with us, recording the interviews with a video camera. Learning of the baptism of Sister Rojas, and the fast that Sister Michalek had taught her, he came to the baptism to take pictures of the group. Brother Curbelo is the President of the Stake in Buenos Aires of which sister Michalek is a member. Sister Michalek's father is the president of the Viña del Mar Mission. President Curbelo was one of our missionaries in the Argentina North Mission, arriving on 3 September, 1970.



October 24,25, 1991, Santiago, Chile


General Authorities--

Elder Scott.

President Benson every Friday in the Temple is voice in a prayer circle, praying for the missionaries and for mission presidents.

Why are we here? To bring souls unto Christ through the ordinances of the gospel.

Omni 26-- And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.

There are not two separate activities-- the stakes and missions should be united as one.

Sources of instruction:

  1. Scriptures

  2. Letter from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve-- June, 1991

  3. Missionary Guide

The Quorum of the Twelve is the Missionary Committee of the Church. The June '91 letter was written by the Quorum of the Twelve.

The members have prime responsibility for their own activity.

The June '91 letter has priority when there is a conflict of instructions.

Missionaries need much repetition. Our objective is not just to baptize, it is to bring souls unto Christ. The Lord's way is a cooperation between the stakes and the missions to the extent that the new convert will not be aware of a difference in administration between being an investigator and a member.

There must be an equilibrium between Conversion, Retention and Activation, and a flexibility in applying the three activities. There are no fixed schedules for implementation.

We have found that throughout the world sacrament meeting attendance is based on the number of callings in the ward, and that attendance increases with the number of less active people that are visited.

We should be able to re-activate as many as we baptize.

Missionaries could teach the second discussion to the less active members, inviting them to renew the baptismal covenant by partaking of the sacrament in place of inviting them to be baptized.

When we wish to change a person, we should first be agreed upon what is to be done--


Remember that the missionary should develop in two areas--

  1. Missionary techniques

  2. Spirituality

Missionaries come as they come, and the Lord puts a mantle over them. As the missionary does all that he can, the people perceive the mantle, not the person; and the missionary grows to fit the mantle

Success is proportional to the degree that the missionary exercises faith, obeys and rules and norms and applies the missionary techniques, and is inversely proportional to fear that the missionary exhibits. If the missionary does not do his part "ye have not promise". You must build the spirituality of the missionaries.


Priest--> mediator between God and man

hood--> associate of that mediator

The Power of the Priesthood--> An associate of Jesus Christ

Investigators should have their focus on Christ, not on the church. The doctrine should be the means, the church the school.They should understand the application of the Spirit.

Put your trust in the missionary. At times the mistakes they make will help them to be much more valuable for the Lord by that which they learn in overcoming them.

Counsel to mission presidents-- Take time to make plans and set goals. Pray, study the scriptures, take care of your own families.

To have a vision of the work and to communicate to others is to have SUPERvision. Thus, we seek through the Spirit that we would have the vision of what the Lord wants us to do. Be the best that you can be. Don't be concerned with the accomplishments and the opinions of others. ENJOY YOUR ASSIGNMENT. As you gain a vision of what you are to do, have the courage to carry out that vision. Youth should gain their educations in their own countries in order to deepen their roots in their own land.

Of all the scriptures, none is more important than the Book of Mormon. We should use them all, but give priority to the Book of Mormon. When President Benson set apart the brother of Elder Scott as a mission president, Elder Scott was present, and President Benson read to them for 50 minutes from the Book of Mormon. He said, "Your mission will soar on the wings of the Book of Mormon."

When you teach missionaries include four things that are critical for them to understand. Decide what principle you want to teach, simplify it, write it before them, use personal examples, demonstrate how the example demonstrates the principle, confirm it with the scriptures, bear testimony of it.

The mantle-- Provide trust, provide the tools, love the missionary. The missionary needs to feel your love. Be careful how you act around them. Everything about you communicates something to the missionaries. During the exit interview have them write...

  1. Their feelings about the Lord

  2. What they have learned on their mission

  3. Set goals for their continued life

  4. Repeatedly thank the Lord for having had the privilege of being a missionary

Teach your leaders what a presidency is. Be a president with two counselors, not two messengers. Let the presidency, not the president make the decision. Don't try to teach others everything you know. Teach them how you found out-- by the Spirit. Love people; be kind to them; emulate the Savior.

Elder Scott gave an apostolic blessing to the assembled mission presidents.

Elder Pinegar.

Missionaries need much repetition. Children need 67 repetitions before they can repeat with confidence that 1+1=2. We should speak of basic concepts. Miracles follow the meetings of the First Presidency and Counsel of the Twelve in the temple. The Father responds to the pleadings of his faithful sons. Miracles are the natural results of the prayers of the faithful.

D&C 52:14 And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations--