Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Joyfully Entering In At The Gate

Doctrine and Covenants 31:6

6 ​And this is my ​​​gospel​—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the ​​​baptism of fire​ and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and ​​​teacheth​ the peaceable things of the kingdom.

Sister Chambers and Sister Hegewald taught Bart

Elders Manley and Robertson taught Wayne who was recently baptized.

Elder Taylor baptized Courtney

Elder Selfridge baptized Chris

Elder Wilson and Elder Montgomery taught Wesley

Crawford Gates served in the PPM 2014-2016. He baptized Jose in February 2017 returning to York to perform the baptism.  

"The baptism was an unforgettable experience. It was the husband of a couple that Elder Hansen and I found during the big snow storm back at the beginning of 2016. We had been shoveling people out and walking around the whole day and we were almost done for the night when we caught him outside his home and asked if we could help him shovel. He said no, but he let us come back and teach him. It turned out that his wife works with President Gogna and she had a lot of interest in the church. I taught them for about four months and then turned the reigns over to Elder Mejia and Elder Wood. They were married in September and Marisol (the wife) was baptized, but Jose (the husband) decided to wait. Until now!"

Elder Synder and Elder Spencer taught LaVon who was baptized by his good friend  

Elder Aguinaga and Elder Li taught and baptized Rosier.

Here with Elder and Sister Canaan

Sister Jackson and Sister McDonald taught Janice who was baptized by Elder LaFon

Sister McDonald, Janice and Sister Jackson

Janice with Elder LaFon

Elder Madsen and Elder Story taught and baptized Denise and Denisha.

Elder Heywood and Loreto taught and baptized Zack, Luck was taught by Sisters Maya and Ashton and baptized by Brother Martin

Sister Maya and Morrison taught David who was baptized last August.

Sister Faamaile and Sister Simpson taught Tanya.

Elder Ramos and Elder Fonbuena taught Edwin - also Elders Selfridge and Riggs

Sister Palmer and Sister Smith taught Jackie.

Sisters Kessler and Bowden taught Tony and Ashley.

Sister McDonald and Jackson along with Sisters Belnap and Maya taught Rebecca and Jim.

Elders Fonbuena and Ramos with Frank who was recently baptized

Brother Pops baptized Joe taught by many missionaries here with Elders English and Cahoon 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 2017 Zone Conference in Green Tree

Front row:  Elders Cook, Marcum, Riggs, Smedley, Rayburn, Cahoon, Heywood, LaFon, Gneiting 
Row 2: Pres. and Sister Johnson, Sisters Jacobson, McDonald, Jackson, Robison, Fenton, Finau, Dean, Beckstrand, Chambers, Clarke
Row 3: Elder and Sister Christensen, Sisters Canaan, Bartlett, Belnap, DeWidt, Kwasney, Kelley, Fenton, Penrod, Elders Clarke, Adams and Goeckeritz 
Row 4: center-Elder Canaan, Sisters Wall, Lyu, Brunner, Simpson, Faamaile, Bowden, Kessler,  Elders Jones, Gray, McGee, Aguinaga, and Rogowski
Row 5: Elders Dudley, Kotter, Wilson, Spencer, Halls, Kap, Ross, Payne, Bryant, Gatrell, Rich, Li, Whitehead, Ibarra and Gardiner
Back:  Elders Chafin, Jarvis, Parke, Holdaway, Williamson, Walker, Winfree, Goulding, Nuttall, Noyes, Montgomery, Christensen, Wilson, Walker, Synder, White and English

Sister's Wall and Jacobson and Elders Goeckeritz and McGee train Pittsburgh North Zone

Elders Montgomery (above) and Elder Wilson (below) train Pittsburgh West Zone

A very big thank you to those who helped feed us all throughout the week!
Sister's Christensen, Casler, Clarke and Elder Clarke 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 2017 Zone Conference in Brookville

"Virtue originates in your innermost thoughts and desires. It is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards. Since the Holy Ghost does not dwell in unclean tabernacles, virtue is prerequisite to receiving the Spirit’s guidance. What you choose to think and do when you are alone and you believe no one is watching is a strong measure of your virtue."  -PMG p. 118

"Your mind is like a stage in a theater; in the theater of your mind, however, only one actor can be on stage at a time. If the stage is left bare, thoughts of darkness and sin often enter the stage to tempt. But these thoughts have no power if the stage of your mind is occupied by wholesome thoughts, such as a memorized hymn or verse of scripture that you can call upon in a moment of temptation. By controlling the stage of your mind, you can successfully resist persistent urges to yield to temptation and indulge in sin. You can become pure and virtuous."  -PMG p. 119

Front Left:  Elders Cuthbert, Bryner, Condie, Aitken, Boyes, Wilkins, Cook, Dagal, Van Leeuwen, Moon, Harper
Row 2: Elder and Sister Christensen, Sisters Volk, Carr, Heider, Holt, Kelly, Nelson, Stimpson, Madorin, Wells
Row 3: Sister Clarke, Elders Clarke, Wood, Hatch, Sisters Breshears, Morgan, Nelson, Campbell, Durrant, Dixon, Thorson, Hansen, Shum, Yorgason, Roden, Johnsons
Row 4-5:  Elders Furniss, Rucker, Taylor, Bryan, Rawle, White, Payne, Syndergaard, Anderson ,Parke, Selfridge, Richens, Smith, Stock, Afungia, Johnson, Daines, Torgerson, Bledsoe, Kinman, Nelson, Richardson, Smith, Bates and Herzog

Sister Thorson and Sister Durrant leading a discussion.

Elders Herzog and Bryner lead the Jamestown zone in a training.

Elder Cuthbert and Elder Syndergaard training the Altoona zone on Effective Planning.

Sister Clarke planned and served the lunches.

Brookville is very near Punxsutawney the infamous home of Phil the groundhog!  We made a quick stop at Gobblers Knob on our way back to Pittsburgh.  Ironically we were there on "Groundhogs Day"!