Thursday, February 13, 2014

Our President Arrives! February 10~13, 2014

On February 10 at around 8:30 P.M. President & Sister Cook arrived in Pointe Noire for our Zone Conference on Wednesday.  They looked exhausted having just come from Gabon and Zone Conferences there.  Sister Cook said it was the hottest she had ever been in her life!!

They were grateful for the "cooler" weather here and that we had air conditioning.  When we arrived home, the "generator had kicked on because we were without power.  But during the 4 days they were here, the power stayed on the whole time.  President must bring some great "power" with him.  

He spent Tuesday interviewing Elders Baker, VanAusdal, Garland and Hatch from Mpaka.  We "owed" them a breakfast, so they were here bright and early, despite the heavy rains and having had to walk through deep puddles.
President and Sister Cook

We celebrated President Cooks 63rd Birthday at the Zone Conference on Wednesday.  They sang "Joyeaux Anniversaire" in perfect harmony.  For their gifts they wrote letters to him of something they had sacrificed to be a better missionary for the Savior and for him.  President loved them.

In Zone Conference, the Elders learned about simple solutions to solve problems.  He did an exercise where the missionaries had to find a simple way to solve a problem as a companionship.  They worked and worked on it, but could not figure it out until President showed them. He wanted them to know that there is a way to accomplish what seems to be an impossible task when they work together, and had help from someone who knew the answers.

Elder Garland & Eder Hatch

Elder Gelinas & Elder Morin

Elder Baker & Elder VanAusdal finally figuring it out with a little help from the President

Sister Cook teaching about the new handbook...Adjusting to Missionary Life...

President taught them from Moses 6: 31-36.  Verse 34 says:
Behold my Spirit is upon you, wherefore all thy words will I justify;  and the mountains shall flee before you, and the rivers shall turn form their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me.

It was such a marvelous conference.  The missionaries were taught by  President and Sister Cook, with Elders Morin and Gelinas teaching them about the attributes of the Savior and how they can use them in their companionships, and also how to use their Area Books. 

Back: Elders Wright, Gelinas, Hatch, Lundberg and VanAusdal
Middle: Elders Morin, Garland, Baker
Front: Elder & Sister Bailey, Sister & President Cook. 

Thanks to all for a great four days.  President and Sister Cook flew out today, Feb. 13, to head to Douala, Cameroon where they will do this all over again.  


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