Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sanctify yourselves and teach one another the doctrines of the kingdom

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 When each of the more than 75,000 full-time missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints arises each day, many different activities await them-lessons, visits, and meetings.

Every three months missionaries in several districts hold a zone conference, which is held under the direction of the mission president. Since our mission has expanded geographically it was decided to hold four zone conferences this week at various locations to cut down on the amount of miles our missionaries would be required to travel to attend these important meetings.

Vehicle inspections
Training in the chapel
        Making new friends and keeping the old...
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 The overall theme of our Zone Conference was found in Doctrine and Covenants 14:8
"And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall hear and see, and also that you may declare repentance unto this generation."



 Not only were we fed spiritually, but the local Stake Relief Societies fed us as well.
 Boise East and Boise North Zones
Boise West and Meridian Amity Zones

                                                             Twin Falls and Jerome Zones

                    Rupert and Burley Zones

"And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring sous unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father."
Doctrine and Covenants 15:6

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 "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!"
Doctrine and Covenants 18:15

 We actually had a free Saturday, so we decided to go adventuring...

 Silver City is a ghost town in Owyhee County, Idaho. At it's height in the 1880's, it was a gold and silver mining town with a population of around 2,500 and approximately 75 businesses. Today the town has about 70 standing buildings, all of which are privately owned. Many of the owners are third or fourth generation descendants of the original miners.

Silver City was founded in 1864 soon after silver was discovered at nearby War Eagle Mountain.  The settlement grew quickly and was soon one of the major cities in Idaho territory. The first daily newspaper and telegraph office in Idaho Territory was in Silver City and the town was the first to receive electric and telephone service.

Throughout it all, including a short side trip to Silver City, the common thread of mission life is a our purpose: "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."

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The Church continues to grow here in Idaho! 
Today at Stake Conference (in the Star Stake which we joined just three weeks ago) a new Stake was created of which we are now a part.  And our new Bishop in the Verona Ward was called to be the first Councilor in the new Meridian Linder Stake. 
With all the recent changes pretty soon we should know just about everyone :)

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