ZONE CONFERENCES - March 2015
We had three wonderful days of Zone Conferences in March. Tuesday was in Ossining, Thursday in the Bronx, and Friday in New York City Lincoln Center. President Dave Checketts, Stake President from the Yorktown Stake came and talked to the missionaries on Tuesday. Elder Dale and Sister Nancy Braithwaite spoke at the conferences. Elder Braithwaite is the Area Medical Adviser. The Braithwaite's are faithful servants and spent so much of their time talking to the missionaries about health issues and just being their friends. Elder Braithwaite talked about being a young missionary himself in Holland and then gave some great advice about athletes foot and keeping your feet clean and other skin health concerns like acne. Sister Nancy Braithwaite talked about getting good exercise every day. She shared this quote, "If you do something out of duty it will deplete you; but if you do something out of love it will energize you!" This applies to so many aspects of mission life, especially being obedient to exercise every day! She also adapted our mission motto: Loyal to the COREcan also mean Complete Obedience to Regular Exercise.
Elder Gardner, our Vehicle Coordinator, spoke each morning about the care and upkeep of mission cars. Sister Morgan wrote on the mission blog: "We're so grateful for Elder and Sister Gardner. They're experienced, kind and hard working."
New i-pads were issued to the mission at the zone conferences. Every missionary turned in their old i-pad and received a new one. These i-pads will be their own to use in the mission and to take home. It is such a blessing to be an online proselyting mission. We have seen so many blessings come to the NYNYN through using digital tools and apps as well as social media. It's always so wonderful to see the missionaries and feel of their love and dedication to the work. The young men and young women of the NYNYN are valiant servants.
Each Zone Conference was started out by a bagel and juice visiting breakfast. Missionaries were also able to bring the clothes they no longer wanted, and exchange for other items.