Saturday, July 27, 2013

I Love My Mom

There are amazing things going on in the mission.  This coming transfer we are receiving twenty nine new missionaries (thirteen of which are Sisters) and we only have four going home.  There are several "trios"  that need splitting up so overall we are looking at opening around seventeen areas.

This is going to bring some wonderful opportunities for the wards and stakes here in California. 

The missionaries are all working hard and are working on being more and more obedient.  I have been counseling them to read D&C 123:17 and really focus on cheerfully doing the things that lie within their power.  We are putting emphasis on the morning studies and preparation and also on the evening planning and giving an accounting of their day to God. Those are things that the missionaries can control with EXACTNESS. Most of the people they are working with are not within their control but if they are obedient and cheerful then the arm of the Lord will be revealed in this great work.

On a selfish note, my mother spoke at a recent BYU Women's Conference.  My brother gave me the link and so I listened to it tonight.  It has great insights on raising a family without a lot of resources.  I was the second of nine children and my father was a school teacher.  We were always blessed because of my parents obedience and faithfulness.  It is well worth the fifteen minutes to listen if you have the time.

I am grateful for the wonderful parents of these wonderful missionaries.  Thank you for your prayers and support. 

President Van Cott

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Meet and Greets!

Our Excellent Senior Missionaries - The Housers

Elijah Always Loves the Missionaries

Palm Desert Zone

Yucca Valley Zone

Banning and Yucaipa Zones

Redlands Zone

San Bernardino Zones A and B

Fontana Zones A and B

Rialto Zones A and B
Sister Van Cott and the Fontana Zone Sisters
We had a wonderful time meeting with all of the missionaries during our "Meet & Greet" meetings.  All of the children were able to participate.  Elijah particularly enjoyed getting to know all of the Elders and Sisters. 
We are extremely grateful for how obedient and wonderful the missionaries are.  They are all working extremely hard and have been great examples to our family as we have had the chance to meet them all.
The work is hastening!  We are looking forward to our upcoming transfers.  It will be hard to let four of the Elders and one Sister go home.  We are however going to be receiving around 28 new missionaries.  Approximately half of the new missionaries will be Sisters!
We would like to thank any families that are following these posts for the great job they did in preparing these wonderful missionaries to serve.
President and Sister Van Cott

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Historic Day in the Redland's Mission

It was an historic day.  We held our first Mission Leadership Council.  We are blessed to have the greatest Zone Leaders and Sister Trainers.  We look forward to meeting all of the misionaries in the coming days!