Sunday, January 17, 2016

Special Regional Conference

Today we were able to participate in a special regional conference broadcast.  The broadcast originated in Church headquarters and was broadcast to 16 SE states and 105 stakes.  The broadcast was shown in two (maybe three) buildings in our stake.  The first 30 minutes of the meeting was under local control with a high counselor assigned to speak.  The last 90 minutes were speakers on the broadcast, Elder Whitney Clayton, Sis. Linda S. Reeves (counselor in General R.S. Presidency), Elder Ronald A. Rasband, and Elder Robert D. Hales. We had not participated in such a conference format before.  We were told that a similar conference has held last year.

I missed the first part of the conference, the local high council speaker.  When we got the the Sarasota building, I was asked by some Sister Missionaries if I could go pick up an investigator.  They had arranged for a member to pick him up.  However, they had confused the times, so he was still waiting for a ride to the meeting.  So I drove almost all the way back to our apartment to pick up the investigator.  He has been meeting with Sister Missionaries off and on for a few months.  Hopefully he will start progressing.

The big topic of conversation among the missionaries was the tornado and high winds in the area overnight.  We slept through everything.  However, the missionaries have the NOAA weather radios which sounded an alarm in the middle of the night.  There was a tornado touchdown in the area which destroyed a mobile home and killed two occupants.  There was also a lot of branches blown down, but I haven't really seen a lot of other damage.

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