Saturday morning we had to meet at the office for the annual audit. While waiting for the man who would do the audit, President Johnson was telling us about some issues that had come up as he did interviews that week. I was checking the office email and I came across the following. All I could think of was oh no, poor President. Here are more problems.
Hey President! We just wanted to bring to light an issue that we've
recently discovered in our Zone. It happens to be between a Sister and
an Elder. We thought they we just friends, but lately we've noticed
that it's clearly been taken to the next level. We really don't know
what to do and we are looking for your direction and advice. Here is
what it's gotten too, they may need to be counseled.
Love Elder Gneiting and Walker
This is the picture that they sent with the email.
This weekend was Stake Conference. All the full time missionaries, which included the sisters, were asked to be in attendance at the Saturday Priesthood Leadership session. The emphasis was on missionary work. President Petersen presented the Stake vision for how Ward Councils could work with the Missionaries. It is a great program and if implemented, should have some wonderful results.
That evening we had another great meeting as several individuals spoke about conversions and how members can work with the missionaries. We were surprised when they announced that Jackson would be speaking. This is the 3rd time I have heard him speak since he was baptized and he brings me to tears every time. He is such an amazing young man. All of the missionaries sang the closing song and it was so powerful. President Johnson had told us to watch the faces of the audience as we sang but I could hardly even see my music, I was so teary myself.
Todays session had several really good talks. One of the counselors in the Stake Presidency spoke about the new Self Reliance program which was started as a pilot program in our Stake. They just finished up a 12 week program of small groups meeting weekly to work on Education for a Better Job, Personal Finances, Growing a Small Business and Finding a Better Job. He gave some success stories and it sounds like this is a program that can really help those who are trying to make improvements in their lives.
A sister spoke about serving. One of the things she mentioned was a project that was listed on Just Serve that our Elders in downtown Pittsburgh have been working on for the past year. It is Days for Girls. The Elders go every Wed. to sew hygiene kits for third world countries. Young girls miss up to two months of school each year because they do not have the necessary sanitary supplies. These kits help them to stay in school. The elders have learned to sew flannel pads that can be washed and reused. We have heard stories about how impressed the organizers are with the Elders. Good job!