Monday, May 23, 2011

Mission Conference with a General Authority.

I know this is cheesy but here we are in a self portrait on the plane at 6:00 a. m. heading for Honolulu with 8 other elders and sisters from Kauai. There will be 4 other zones meeting with us today. Then the conference will be going to Maui and be given 2 more time to the rest of the mission.

Now here we are in the mission van. Mission AP Elder Street is driving us in from the airport. Our new ZL Elder Smith sitting in shot gun. The new sisters that were white washed in are Sister DeArton from Seattle, left and Sister Brown from Mesa, right. If you look closely you can see us right behind the sisters. The conference was great. Very intense, but very good. It was all about how to be a more effective missionary and how that will affect the rest of your life. Everyone was supposed to have a talk prepared on the subject of "How Can I be a More Effective Missionary?" Wall decided weeks ago what his talk would be about. He would use the scripture Ether 12:4 and he wrote an outline in his planner just in case. We were told to have 2 copies of our talk. One to use and one for Elder Pierson to read while we talked. "They will never call on me. This is for the young kids." Guess who got call on? That's right Elder Fairbanks! He was embarrassed that he had to tell them he didn't have a copy for them to read. What a rebel I'm married to. Oh, by the way, Mark Eubank, the weather caster, was there. He is the director of missionaries at the Laie Temple Visitor's Center. Wall thought he would be funny and asked him "how is the weather on Kauai?" "Don't be silly", I said. Elder Eubank was very nice. We had a good visit with him. He said he was at the St. Geo. visitor's center when they asked him to come over and be the director here for 2 years. It has now been 3 years. I asked if he and his wife had been home at all and he said for 2 weeks for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. 5 years now that is service!

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