Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thailand Week 78, 8 Feb 2015

Family History pretty much sums it up! So we had a special training on Tuesday with President and Sister Senior. They talked about Personal Conversion, Diligence in obedience, testifying with power and authority, and working with families, particularly using family history as a tool. So that was great and super spiritual. 

Wednesday Elder Tanner and I were back in Asoke and got to be a part of Mission Leadership Counsel with the other zone leaders and Sister Training Leaders. It was so inspired and I can feel the confirmation from the Holy Ghost that this is the right path for Thailand. Last year there were nearly 2000 convert baptisms, and now we're going to utilize the growth in the church as a spring board for even more growth. The MLC training emphasized the doctrines taught in the district trainings as well as the power of the scriptures, D&C 127:4 which requires us to double our diligence, perseverance, patience, and works, and then they changed our missions key indicators. They added a new indicator being lessons taught to a part member family. In order to meet the mission's standard you need 2 of those new lessons, 2 referrals, 2 investigators with a baptismal date, 2 new investigators, 2 investigators at church, and a combined 10 lessons with a member or recent convert/ less active lesson.

One of the things I took away from the training is that we need to be testifying missionaries. Teaching doctrine and principles doesn't change someone. There's a quote by someone that says something like when people feel the Spirit they will want to change and they will grow those righteous desires. We did a little activity where we picked a scripture that has meaning to us. Not a verse about the Great Apostasy or about the 3 Kingdoms of Glory, but something that really had meaning to us. We shared it and then testified of the truthfulness and shared our experiences. Testifying is different than teaching. I read in Acts 17 or 18 today about Apollos. He had only entered into the Baptisms of John. He didn't have the Holy Ghost but he could still teach. He later was given the Holy Ghost by Paul. I wonder how it changed him. I'll have to read more.

So Elder Tanner and I got to spend pretty much the rest of our week going around with the Sister Training Leaders to train in the districts on this new work!! It feels so right.  I can feel so clearly that Heavenly Father is pleased with the progress and direction that this is all taking.  

This mission is changing again and I'm so glad to be a part of it!
Love Elder Keller

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