Monday, September 8, 2014

Missionary Training Meeting

Saturday 6 September 2014
On Saturday 6 September 2014 Elder Funk, and Elder Allen conducted  Missionary Training at the Asoke Meeting House.  There were 2-sessions to the training.  The morning session was for mission leadership.  This report is only for the afternoon training session that the Senior Missionaries were invited to.  The Senior Missionary Sisters provided lunch for those who attended the morning session.

Elder Funk
Elder Randy Dennis Funk has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2013. He is a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Funk served a full-time LDS Church missionary in Indonesia. Following his mission, he was awarded a bachelor's degree in history from Utah State University in 1976 and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah in 1979.
Elder Funk married Andrea Clyde in 1976 in the Logan Utah Temple. They are the parents of six children.
Elder Funk spent his professional life as a partner at the Denver, Colorado, law firm of Sherman & Howard, with expertise in land use, public finance, and infrastructure and development.
Elder Funk has served in the LDS Church as an elders quorum president, ward clerk, stake high councilor, Scout leader, executive secretary to Denver Colorado Temple committee, bishop, stake president, local Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, area seventy, and president of the India Bangalore Mission (2010–13).

On April 6, 2013, Elder Funk was sustained by church members as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In August 2013, he began serving as a member of the Asia Area presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Allen
Elder Allen served as a missionary in the church's Guatemala–El Salvador Mission from 1969 to 1971. He then attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a major in Communications—Television Production and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.
He married Nancy Billings on January 28, 1972, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have six children—four boys and two girls. All six children have served missions. The Allens now have 25 grandchildren.
Elder Allen served as president of the church's Arizona Tempe Mission from 1993 to 1995. He has served as a bishop twice, counselor in a stake presidency, and stake president.
Prior to his call as a mission president, Elder Allen was the director of Media and Public Programs in the church's Missionary Department. He was responsible for the production and distribution of radio, television, and print media directed to nonmembers as well as the church's pageants, visitors’ centers, and historic sites. Earlier in his career, Elder Allen was the executive producer of the LDS Church's "Homefront" radio and television commercials and many other church films, including Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980) and The Last Leaf (1983).
Elder Allen is currently serving as managing director of the church's Missionary Department. On April 2, 2011, Elder Allen became an area seventy and member of the Fifth Quorum of Seventy, assigned to the Utah Salt Lake City Area.

Elder Funk spoke that the Seventy gather every April to hear instruction from the First Presidency and Quorum of 12 Apostles.  The meeting starts at 8 am.  The 70s come at 7 am with all in their seats by 7:30.  Prelude music is playing and all are in the Spirit.  The Apostles arrive with the music playing - all enjoying the Spirit.  The First Presidency arrives with the music playing and all enjoying and contemplating the Spirit.  Then 5-10 minutes before 8 am, a member of the First Presidency arises to conduct the meeting.  At one time, Elder Packer spoke saying that this time of enjoying the Spirit is not common with the general membership of the Church.  With a busy start to a Ward Sacrament Meeting, the members generally don't get to contemplate the Spirit before Sacrament Meeting.  (He related this story to us because we were all in our seats and ready for our 1:30 pm meeting and it started at 1:17 pm). Elder Allen also said that the Mission Presidents Handbook has verses 21 and 22 of D&C 112 as a guide which says:

21 And again, I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the Twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them—
22 Inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me, and abide in my word, and hearken to the voice of my Spirit.

Elder Allen conducted most of the training saying that:
1. We teach according to the needs of the investigator as directed by the Spirit (D&C 84:85)
2. We ask for referrals from every new investigator and convert, not once but several times
3. We review the Area Book for those previously taught and reteach and invite for baptism
4. We introduce the investigator to all the Ward leaders that the investigator will come incontact with as a newly baptized member.  This results in a positive support system.  Self evaluate how well we link the new convert into the Church.  A good job of linking will result in a strong convert.
5. We are to implement the 5-points of Elders Nelsons June 2014 Mission Presidents Training, "We Begin With the End in Mind."
6. We ask members for referrals of their friends as this results in an immediate support system and provides the best way of convert retention.  Member referrals strengthen the Church.
7. We get member support by genuinely: (1) Loving them, (2) Serving them, and (3) Caring for them.

L-t-R:  Elder Allen, and Elder Funk

L-t-R:  Elders Hartung and Beatty part of our Bangkhae District

L-t-R:  Sister and President Senior, Thailand Bangkok Mission President; Elder and Sister Funk, 1st Counselor in Asia Area Presidency; Sister and Elder Allen, Managing Director of Missionary Department
Bottom Row  Sisters & the Senior Couples  L-t-R starting 3rd person in :
Goodsons, Meekers,   Seppis,  Moleffs, Smiths,  Seniors, Funks and  Allens.
 These were the missionaries who are serving in the greater Bangkok area.  

Sunday 07 September 2014 General Meeting

The Sunday evening meeting in Asoke building was for the  Returned Missionaries and those preparing to go on missions with the following speaking:
  1. Sister Senior:  How to prepare to go on a mission.
  2. President Senior:  Spoke in Thai on Preach my Gospel
  3. Sister Allen:  Talked about faith in paying tithing
  4. Elder Allen:  Spoke about Preach my Gospel Chapter 3 & 8 and personal worthiness.  He also gave some statistics: We now have 88,000 missionaries in 156 countries and 407 Missions.
  5. Sister Funk:  It takes faith and works to be a good Latter-day Saint
  6. Elder Funk:  You start preparing to go on a mission right after you are baptized
Eler Allen with Sister Moleff

Elder and Sister Funk

Elder and Sister Funk with Thai members

Elder Khanakham (second from right, next to him on his right is his daughter) with Thai Members.  On April 5, 2014 - Wisit Khanakham, former President of the Bangkok Thailand Stake, and 40+ year active member of the Church in Thailand, was called as an Area Authority Seventy. He was sustained at the afternoon session of the 184th Annual General Conference. He is a member of the 8th Quorum of the Seventy (Asia South).

President and Sister Senior with members

President and Sister Arun
Bangkok West District President

Elder Allen taking pictures

Desert after meeting

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