Sunday, July 29, 2012

Providing Training in Zion

We met with James Kennedy, elders president, and Sister Pannoh, Relief Society president, of Pt. Four branch. We parked the truck and walked about 5 minutes between various houses and alleys to this area. James asked me if I knew where we were. I said, "Pt. Four." He said, "No, we are in Zion." I asked him to explain. He pointed to houses where two district councilmen lived, other nearby houses where the Primary President, branch president, first counselor in the branch presidency, Young Men president and branch mission leader lived. There were so many members of the Church living relatively close to each other - to him, this was Zion. What looks like a cement wall on the right of the picture is actually a cement tomb where someone is buried. This is very common.
James is the only member of the Church in his family. He is a returned missionary trying to get into the University. We reviewed the Church Handbook 2 instructions on home teaching in particular and elders quorums in general. We focused on how to get home teaching started in his branch.
Sister Kirkham met a few yards away with Sister Pannoh, the Relief Society president of Pt. Four branch. They talked about organizing visiting teaching.
They practiced what you could say in a visiting teaching situation. They read in Handbook 2 about visiting teaching and its purpose. Sister Pannoh committed to organizing visiting teaching in the branch and assigning sisters to be visiting teachers.

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