Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mission President Seminar - Sydney, Australia

"Teach the missionaries to be true disciples, to be exactly obedient, to be a learner, to exercise faith, to work tirelessly and to expect miracles."
-Elder Kevin W. Pearson-
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During the Pacific Area Interim Mission Presidents Seminar we received counsel from our Pacific Area Presidency, Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Elder James J. Hamula and Elder F. Michael  Watson.
For those who are from Sydney, Australia here is a little bit of home. What a beautiful city.
With the population close to 4 million people, this is a great city to do missionary work. President Kezerian and I took our cards and Books of Mormon.
Nearing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Just like New Zealand, there seem to be many clock towers

Goodies galore. Hopefully the missionaries don't buy these.
 Darling Harbour.

We kept thinking we were seeing missionaries. There were so many men in suits.
President Leota (Samoa Apia Mission), President Lekias (Auckland New Zealand Mission) and President Kezerian. 
Before our meetings started. We thought it a beautiful view.
 At the end of the day - Wow!
Sydney Australia Temple.  This was the first temple built in Australia. Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a former mission president of Australia, presided over the ground breaking services for the temple. At a fireside that evening, he said, "There is no reason why we can't have temples in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or where ever the number of saints justifies it." His statement proved prophetic with the construction of the Adelaide Australia Temple, Melbourne Australia Temple, Brisbane Australia Temple and Perth Australia Temple.
Elder and Sister Shaw (Marshall Islands Majuro Mission) Elder and Sister Lifferth (Australia Melbourne Mission) both couples are finishing their missions July 1st. They've been great examples, friends and mentors. We love and admire them all.

Many important messages were given at the seminar to help us move the work forward one of the greatest of which was to remember that we are increasing faith, deepening conversion, building future leaders and strengthening future husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, What  an honor it is to see missionaries become true disciples of Christ; lifelong learners and leaders who make and keep sacred covenants and endure to the end. We love you missionaries!

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