Monday, March 10, 2014

Listening In on a Zone Meeting

Every mission has monthly zone meetings.  Jack and I have never been able to attend a zone meeting, because they are held during mission office hours, and we are busy there.  In February, however, the decision was made to have zone meeting in the form of a conference call.  The Fentons were gone, transporting cars or opening up a new apartment, and Sister Barlow was at lunch.  We were both busy, but called in and listened to the meeting as we worked. 

Zone meetings are presided over by the zone leaders.  President Holm may or may not be present.  I'm pretty sure he wasn't involved with ours.  The conference call was conducted as any church meeting.  Because it was a conference call, this one began with a roll call to make sure everyone was dialed in.  Next was an opening hymn (which really is NOT compatible with a conference call ) and an opening prayer.  After that there was an accountability report.  Each companionship told of their goal for the previous month, how they measured up to that goal, and expressed a new goal for the upcoming month.

As I recall, each companionship then shared success stories, a couple of missionaries talked about assigned subjects, the zone leaders complimented and encouraged the zone and then there was another hymn and a closing prayer.  The meeting was so well done.  Sometimes it's difficult to believe that these missionaries INCLUDING their leaders are mosty 18 to 21-year-olds! They take their work very seriously!  And why shouldn't they?  They are on The Lord's errand!  And they KNOW it!  I am so grateful to be a part of them! I learn from them every day!

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