On September 11, 2014, the Baguio Mission once again had the opportunity to come together and be taught and enlightened from the training of President Balledos as well as the other missionary companionship's. The focus of this training was to help the missionaries on the fundamentals of teaching, focusing on Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel. Throughout the course of the conference, several missionary companionship's gave short workshops on principles such as prayer, teaching for understanding, how to begin teaching principles, using scriptures, asking questions, listening, and committing. After each workshop given, the missionaries then were able to do several practice teachings in which they role played a lesson to a profiled investigator. With each role play, the missionaries improved their teaching and the spirit was strong as the Baguio missionaries as a whole were one in their desire and purpose. Along with the focus of teaching skills, the importance of the missionary planner was also discussed. Each missionary is provided with a six week planner, a tool that can be used to help them to have a vision and a goal from day to day and week to week. The missionaries were instructed on how to more effectively use their planners to be accountable to their area and to the Lord. Heavenly Father's church is a church of order, and He expects His servants to be organized as well. President Balledos gave advice and counsel on how we can increase our expectations for ourselves, and truly develop Christlike Character, turning outward when we would humanly want to turn inward. The essence of missionary work is to help others to come unto Christ, meaning that we as missionaries should come unto Christ as well, and act in order to bring greater things to pass. In closing, Elder and Sister Brown gave a workshop on the importance of learning English to help us for the future, as well as the impact our mission will have on our future careers and families. Serving a mission not only will help us in our spiritual lives, but it will help us to be future leaders of businesses as well as the home. It was a spiritually uplifting conference, that inspired the missionaries to work harder, have a clear vision, and bring souls unto Christ through teaching His pure doctrine.
This past Wednesday, June 18 the zones of Agoo, Baguio, and La Trinidad combined at the Legarda Chapel in Baguio City for the fourth conference of the year. This was a special time for the zones to come together and receive training from our mission president, President Balledos and his wife, as well as from Elder and Sister Brown and other missionary leaders. The focus of this conference was to help the missionaries increase their faith for stronger commitments, an increase in diligence, and to overcome the challenges that missionaries face daily. Faith is the first principle of the gospel because it is the cornerstone of what all else must build off of. Without faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord's work cannot press forward. As the missionaries received these special training's, they left with a greater desire to press forward with steadfast faith in Christ. This is His work, and we have been called to proclaim His gospel. With faith, we can accomplish what ever task is put before us, and have the hope to endure through our daily trials. As the Baguio mission, we encourage all who read this blog to increase their faith in Christ, to be more committed to His gospel, and live it in our lives through our actions daily.
This past Wednesday and Thursday, the Baguio mission was blessed to have the opportunity to hear from our Philippines Area Presidency member Elder Ian S. Ardern and his wife Sister Ardern. During this conference, four zones of the Baguio mission gathered to the Legarda chapel to listen and receive encouragement for the work in our prospective areas. Both Elder and Sister Ardern gave great encouragement for our work. Reminding us that this time on our missions will stay with us for the rest of our lives. We must try our hardest to lose ourselves in the work of salvation, to bring souls unto Christ and proclaim His gospel. Elder Ardern reminded us that once we go home, we will look back and think about our missions for the rest of our life, we don't want to look back with regret, but rather with joy and love, knowing that we worthily served the Lord. Each missionary has a turning point in their mission where they decide to work their hardest and give up their will to the Lord's will. The point of this conference was to be our turning point, to help up to recognize Satan's place of entry in our lives, and to choose now to be exactly obedient and and be the best missionary that we can be. They also gave us some very exciting news about a new goal for the Baguio mission. This month of May 2014, the Baguio mission will have 100 baptisms. This was an inspired goal for us missionaries to put our faith to the test and meet the standards that the Lord has put in place for us. This is the time for the Lord's work to be hastened, and by the end of May 2014, the Baguio mission will show forth its determination, and meet the Lord's standards for us.