Thursday, October 4, 2012

three months

Sorry, little late again.  Last Wednesday we had Zone Leaders council here at the Mission home.  The house seems a bit full with 20 Elders ( 9 companionships of zone leaders and 2 Assistant to the president).  We feed them a light breakfast: sweet rolls, fruit, yogurt and juice.  Then at lunch time we had pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and salad.  Sister Millar had the biggest pot of baked beans I've ever seen, and four pork loin roasts.  There were not many scraps left.  It is like having 20 appetites like Philip, Andrew, and Paul all at once. We love it.  The topic of the conference was on leadership skills and follow-up. I'm putting more responsibilities on the zone leaders and on the District leaders.  It seems dangerous but they need to learn how to be leaders for the rest of their lives.  Some of them are going home to countries where they will be the next generation of Bishops and Stake Presidents.
     We are starting the next round of interviews.  This mean Sister Millar and I travel to a zone and interview 16-18 missionaries that day.  Since the Zones are quite large, we often go to three different chapels.  We have a car, the missionaries are on public transport.  We try to get them back to work as soon as possible.  It is like a school day.  We pack a lunch and eat in the car on the road from one stop to the next.  It does make us smile and it is wonderful to interact with these  beautiful young souls.
 Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn
Italian Gardens at Hever Castle, built by the John Jacob Astor  family in1902
One of the two moats around Hever Castle, buildings in the back were for those rebuilding the Castle and grounds.

  Zone leaders council Sept 26, 2012

    Last Saturday was a warm fall day.  Felt like we should have been going to a football game. Sister Millar said "let go to Hever Castle" , the home of Anne Boleyn. I said lets wait until Monday. Then I remembered , you can't trust London weather, so we went.  It was a gorgeous cool day, with the leaves starting to change.  Will attach some photos we took.  We do find a little diversion time, it is not all nose to the grindstone.  We are healthy, happy and well fed. Excitedly awaiting General Conference this weekend.        `love to all   ``President and Sister Millar

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