Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission Zone Conferences--May 19-21, 2015

Our first Zone Conference was in West Palm Beach on Tuesday,19 May--2015. President and Sister Richardson presided
The missionary purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Missionaries prepare for the group pictures--some of these missionaries drive over an hour to Zone Conference Their goal for May is 100 baptisms in the mission--they teach, convert, baptize, retain, reactivate.
Elder Bean and Sister Richardson gave an enthusiastic presentation on Hurricane Preparedness.

Zones near Fort Lauderdale met at the Plantation Chapel on Wednesday. We helped do some of the car inspections before the meeting started. The missionaries have a limit on the number of miles they can drive in a month. Their is a devise in their car called a TIWI that monitors their driving. If they speed or drive aggressively they loose their driving privileges.  

New as of 2 weeks to the Fort Lauderdale Mission are Elder and Sister Finlinson--20 May 2015.
It was so great to see them--they are from Kaysville and live next door to my sister Martha. 

It was fun to meet Elder and Sister Hartzell (on the right). They are assigned to live in Marathon Keys and were staying at the mission home for the Zone Conferences. Since we were also staying at the mission home we had a great time together going out to dinner, swimming in the mission home pool, shopping, and fixing dinner at the Garretts. Elder Hartzell played the guitar for us as we relaxed on the patio in the evening.

This is the Flaggler Museum in Palm Beach--also know as Whitehall. After Zone Conference on Tuesday Elder Bean and I spent 2 hours on an audio guided tour. It was a winter home build by Henry Flaggler for his wife in early 1900.

Zone Conference for the Southern Zones were held in the Hialeah Chapel. Elder Bean stayed after and talked to any of the missionaries that had Orthopedic problems. He spends the time it takes to explain what is going on!

Lunch for the missionaries was provided by local members and paid for with mission funds. I liked getting to know some of the missionaries--there are 250 in this mission and over 80,000 through out the world.

After Zone Conference we drove to Key Largo--(there is a song about this place)--and stayed in a bed and breakfast! The house on the water has 3 suites and is owned for by an 83 year old widow, Marilyn. She took care of us with a comfy king size bed and kitchenette with muffins, fruit, milk, and juice for breakfast. 

We got up early Friday morning and drove 7 miles to "John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park" to go snorkeling. A boat took us out to the third largest coral reef in the world about 3 miles off shore. The dive was beautiful, the water was 82* and clear, the weather was mild, and we spent an hour watching fish of all colors and sizes swim around the coral.

Believe it or not after our snorkel on the Coral Reef, we drove a few more hours to Key West  to see the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA--90 miles from Cuba..22 May 2015

The Overseas Highway--it is 113 miles from Everglades National Park to Key West--
an archapelago of isthmus,islands, and bridges May 2015
The kitchenette and computer table in "DIVERS COVE" suite--Key Largo, FL. 22 May 2015

The boat ride out to the Coral Reef--John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park--22 May 2015

Enjoying dusk when we first arrived at "DIVERS COVE" bed and breakfast--21 May 2015

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