Sunday, April 12, 2009

March Zone Conference . . .

Thought you might be interested in some pictures from this last month´s round of zone conferences and interviews. Below is a picture of Susie and I from the overlook above the city of Coyhaique. This is a beautiful and picturesque city about an hour and a half flight south and east of Osorno. We have two branches in the city as well as two other branches in neighboring Puerto Aisen and Puerto Cisnes.

This is a picture down by the river in Coyhaique with our two assistants, Elder Vergara from Santiago, Chile and Elder Shallenberger from Provo, Utah. These are the finest young men and are such a great help for us in the mission. Unfortunately, Elder Vergara leaves to go home this next cambio. We will miss him a great deal.

While I am conducting personal interviews, Susie is always instructing the group and having them answer certain questions or write some thoughts. Here she has the Villarrica Zone writing down a recent spiritual experience. The picture includes Elders Carreño, Rodriguez, Montano, Close, Leal and Nash and Hermanas Crook and Torrico.
She also always has a treat for the missionaries and this month it include s´mores. The latinos weren´t too sure about this, but the North Americans were excited. Here in the Valdivia Zone are Elders Merrill, Cudahy and Billin from the U.S., Elder Callaú from Bolivia and Elder Gimenez from Argentina.
Elder Saade from Argentina had been our mission financial secretary for 7 months before finally being transferred to Coyhaique. Here he is being welcomed to the zone by Elder DeGroot.
The flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas leaves at 10:15 p.m. after a full day of zone conference and interviews in Puerto Montt. Here are Elders Vergara and Shallenberger preparing for our next day´s conference in Punta Arenas.
Susie´s presentation at Zone Conference often includes scripture chase segments or other trivia questions. Here is the Puerto Montt, Chiloé and Puerto Varas Zones getting ready to answer the questions. In the front row are Hermanas Demers, Porter, Vallejos and Biggs.

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