Have you been to see the movie, “Meet The Mormons”? WE got to see it Friday at our Mission Interviews. Wow, what a great movie. It was more than I expected it to be. We had been told in our Zone Meetings last month, that no missionaries were to attend. The Church did not want this to be a” proselytizing” movie or a “finding” movie. They did not want Missionary Badges showing up with investigators or with member families, and the press than saying it was a proselyting tool. The five families that were selected to represent our membership were great choices. They have had many of the same life experiences and challenges that all of the world experiences. The film is not showing anywhere near us, but our Mission President wanted us to have a chance to see it, so we got to watch it. We even had popcorn, candy and carrots( for Healthy eaters). Be sure to see it.
We had Stake Conference this weekend. It was sooooo fantastic.
I wish there was a way to tell you about each of the speakers, but that always looses something in the telling. Our Area 70 is Elder Meredith is from Nashville Tennessee. He is an absolutely fantastic speaker. I am sure we will see and hear from him a lot in the future. Think about this....in 1974, this area was part of the Southern States Mission. Guess what Temple District they were in???? Mesa, Arizona, Provo Utah or the Salt Lake Temple District. Then in 1974, they announced a Temple almost in their backyards.....the Washington D.C. Temple. There were two people in the congregation that had received their endowments at the Mesa Temple and they lived in Montgomery Alabama. They have the same problem here that we experienced in Oregon. They were so thrilled to have the Washington DC Temple and then they got the Atlanta Temple and now they have the Birmingham Temple and it is harder than ever to get to the temple. We hope you will each increase your attendance at the temple....even you who do baptisms. He wants to give you more of His blessings.
WE are trying to get our youth to the temple this Saturday, we only have three and one of them now has the ACT tests. I hope the other two will stay committed to attend. We have asked the adults to give us some family names and we do have a few, so we hope we can get their work done. Keep the Missionaries in your prayers. (including us) We love you so much and are so glad we have the Gospel of Jesus Christ to give us direction and peace.