In an effort to help improve the teaching skills of our missionaries, Sister Berrett and I decided to follow a recommendation from a member of the Area Presidency and conduct a three day Fundamentals of Preach My Gospel "camp." We planned to teach and practice with the missionaries from 8:30 am to about 4:30 pm, and then send them out in the evening to do missionary work using what we discussed.
We divided the missionaries into two groups (northern and southern). Our first week (21-24 July) was in Hyderabad, where we worked with those serving in Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, and Visakhapatnam. We had about 33 missionaries in the Hyderabad group.
The second week (28-31 July) we were in Bangalore, with those serving in Bangalore, Chennai, and Coimbatore.We had about 45 missionaries in this group.
|Two Zone Leaders get ready to teach|
Each of our segments was about 1.5 hours in length. The first part of the segment was instruction from the scriptures and from Preach My Gospel.
|Studying the Doctrine of Christ|
The second half of each session was practicing what had been learned.
|Companionship Study on the Fundamentals|
|Reviewing the Scriptures on the importance of the Holy Ghost|
|Two zone Leaders study with a companionship|
|Getting ready to go out for the evening|
Overall the preliminary results are quite encouraging. The missionaries seemed to enjoy the camp. Many of them have written that it was a great learning experience. We will continue our follow up and working with them to improve.
|Table tennis during one of the breaks|