Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zone Meetings in Singapore

We have spent the last few days in Singapore at Zone Conference.  We flew in on Monday and came back to Kuching on Thursday. This is a view from our hotel early Thursday morning.
Sister Mains has nicknamed Singapore the City of Cranes. There is building going on all over the city.  It is a beautiful city.  Very clean.  I loved using the MRT (subway).  Very efficient, very clean, very cheap, and very safe.  The laws are very strict.  You are warn before getting off the plane that if you sell/distribute illegal drugs it is the death penalty.

The assistants (Elder Parker (US) and Elder Meister (Australia) gave a great presentation on getting along as companionships.  They were both at the Mission Training Center at the same time and did not like each other.  National pride caused contention as well as personality conflicts.  At the end of their missions they are again companions.  Almost two years later they talked about how they overcame their differences.  To show their solidarity now, they wore ties from the other person's country.  Elder Meister wore the American tie and Elder Parker wore the Australian tie.

One of the suggestions was to Conduct Companion Inventory. This is taken from Preach My Gospel on page 150.  I thought this would be great for married couples too.

"At the end of your weekly planning session, share with your companion appropriate goals and ask for his or her help to accomplish them.  Discuss the strength of your relationship with your companion.  Discuss any challenges that may be keeping your companionship from working in unity or from being obedient.  Resolve conflicts.  Share with your companion what you think his or her strengths are.  Ask for suggestions on how you can improve.  If needed, set goals that will improve your relationship.  Conclude with prayer."

If every couple would do this, so many conflicts would be resolved quickly and effectively.  

Elder Boyter and I sang with a group on Wednesday morning.  Elder Boyter joined a quartet of young elders and sang for us on Tuesday morning.  Proud of my man.  

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