Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016-06 Zone Conferences Palawan and Manila

                           Pictures From Palawan.......

                                                                             Zones on Palawan

                                                         Pictures From Two Conferences In Manila

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016-06-16 Visits From the Past

What a joy it is to be able to see some of our missionaries again after they have returned home!  Sister Teo came back to visit her investigators, recent converts and members with her parents and fiance.  It was so great to see the light still brightly beaming in her eyes!

2016-06-18 President's Message

Dear Sisters and Elders,

We are so much looking forward to our upcoming zone conferences! This is a time for us to spiritually (and physically) nourished. It is a time to celebrate the wonderful work the Lord is doing through you and it is a time to receive direction and motivation for the future.

As I have been preparing for our conferences I was impressed by some of Moroni's final words in Moroni 10:31:

"And awake, and arise from the dust, O [missionaries]; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments (your covenants); and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel [and missionaries], may be fulfilled."
Zone conference will be a time of personal revelation and strengthening IF you prepare well. Here are your assignments:

1. Read and study John chapter 15. Come prepared to share your insights.

2. Bring your three planning sheets: "Conversion Indicators-18 Week Plan", "Baptism Planning Worksheet". "New and Returning Member Progress" Make sure that they are filled out completely and up to date.

3. Elders AND Sisters: Memorize hymn#324: "Rise Up O Men of God." I will call up several elders and sisters in each zone conference to sing this for us.

4. On your way to zone conference, invite at least 3 people to learn about the gospel. Be prepared to share your experience.

You need to be in your seats, quietly listening to the prelude music, by 8.20AM. We will shake hands with everyone at 8.50 and start at 9.00AM.

For those attending on the mainland, normal traffic conditions mean that you need to plan on arriving by 7.30AM. In Puerto Princesa you should plan on arriving by 8.00AM. Make sure that you eat breakfast before the meeting.

All supplies need to be ordered in advance through your zone leaders. The mission office will not be open for supplies after zone conference.

May the Lord bless you and strengthen you as you faithfully do His work.

Mahal ko po kayo,

President Creg Ostler

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016-06-15 SHE'S HERE!!!!! HOORAY!

SHE'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sister Turner, our new nurse arrived today from the United States.  This is her fifth health mission, and she's going to be great!  

President Ostler and I are grateful from the bottom of our feet to the top of our heads for our senior missionaries!!!  They provide such a great support to missions!  How grateful we are for wonderful people like Sister Turner who find joy in serving again and again.  Health concerns are an important responsibility for any mission, but we are particularly grateful for help here in the Philippines.  Sister Turner, we love you!!!  The missionaries will all get to meet her next week during zone conferences.

On a personal note, I just want to let you that I KNOW Heavenly Father is aware of us and hears our prayers.  Last year, when all of our senior missionaries were going home and we were left with only one set, one night before going to bed, we plead desperately in prayer for more seniors.  The very next morning, the phone rang early.  It was a lady in Salt Lake from the missionary department at Church Headquarters.  She said she was wondering if we could use some senior missionaries!  We haven't had a call like that before or since.  I know this is God's work.  He is at the helm.  We can trust in Him, His timing, His wisdom and His power to aid us.

How grateful I am to be part of something that it really true!  Every day brings new evidences or witnesses of that. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each of the wonderful couples who have served or are serving now.  We LOVE YOU!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016-05 Mini- MTC

We just got pictures from this mini MTC we got to participate in.  It was early one morning and the youth all came dressed and ready to go.  They leaders had prepared it so well and really had a vision for helping prepare these youth.  It was a joy to be with them!