March 16, 2009

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ZONE CONFERENCE IN ONE SIMPLE POST

If you have never served a mission with our church or had a son or daughter on a mission you probably have no idea what ZONE CONFERENCE is.I thought I would try to explain. In our mission we have Zones in Kharkiv and Donetsk. Every 6 weeks we have a Zone Conference with the Zones in Kharkiv and Donetsk.Each Zone has a set of Missionaries who are assigned to be the Zone Leaders. Each District has 4 to 6 missionaries and one of them is assigned to be the District Leader.

Zone 1 is in Kharkiv and has 3 Districts
Zone 2 is Kharkiv B- is made up of 4 Districts
Zone 3 is Donetsk A-is made up of 3 Districts
Zone 4 is Donetsk B- and has 3 Districts
Zone 5 is Gorlivka and they have 2 Districts
So................................
When we have this wonderful meeting. We all gather together in the Chapel and each of the pairs of Zone Leaders teach a lesson. There is usually a theme assigned for the meeting and all the lessons focus on that theme. There are missionaries assigned to be Assistants to the President. We call them AP's. In our mission we currently have 4 AP"s. They are given special assignments by the Mission President to help support the other missionaries wherever they are needed. Sometimes they accompany the Mission President to meetings and interpret for him. At Zone Conferences they are given an assignment to teach a Skills Practice. This is usually a chance for the missionaries to practice their teaching skills. Sometimes they practice the Russian Language and sometimes they practice teaching lessons from the Preach My Gospel book.
We always have a spiritual lesson from the Mission President and sometimes a message from his wife as well. This week we were treated with a beautiful musical number by Elder Woodhead playing the violin and Sister Howard on the piano. Elder Woodhead said they had no time to practice but it was still amazing.
When we are finished the missionaries take some time to write down their goals for the next 6 weeks and that is followed by a beautiful testimony meeting.

We had a beautiful day. As I loaded the photos in this post slide show I was once again reminded of what a blessing it has been to witness the changes in these young missionaries as their testimonies have grown and they have developed wonderful leadership skills. They are awesome young men and women.

4 messages from friends and family:

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

It sounds like an amazing day for you guys and all the missionaries! So we were wondering if Bronson was in zone 1 or zone 2? It has been so fun "meeting" you and reading your blog!

Jane Anne said...

I'm so glad to see pics again of Elder Woodhead! woohoo! He told us in his letter that he sounded awful because he really didn't have time to practice. I think he wishes he would have brough his own violin with him. The violin he has there is one he bought when he first arrived for only $100.00 and the quality of the instrument really does make a difference.

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Elder Shipp plays violin too FYI :D

Jenn said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

My music


click on the photo to see the captions

Armenia Trip

Our last Zone Conference

Some of the faces we will miss

Our trip to Mariupol

March Zone Conference in Donetsk(click on photo to view a larger version)

Missionaries helping the International Relief Development unload a container from America

Health Fair click on the photo to see what is coming up

To listen to this talk you will need to put the music on pause first

Sometimes we forget what divine gifts we have been given. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thanksgiving

Look at the fun equipment we got to deliver to this internat for Special Needs children

Europe East Area District Meeting

I LOVE THESE MISSIONARIES

OUR APARTMENT (this is not an average missionary apartment)

THIS IS WHAT MISSIONARY APARTMENTS LOOK LIKE ON INSPECTION DAY

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE A MORE COMPLETE VIEW

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE KALINSKY BUILDING

Click on photo to see more photos of the Open House at the Kalininsky blg