We met all day today in Zone Conference with these good Elders. The discussions and discourses were similar to those we had in the Ivory Coast zones, but tailored to this place and time. We started at about 10:00 and went straight through until 4:30 without a break. It was a full day!
I loved that our discussion began with D&C (D&A in French) 82:14 where it says “For Zion must increase in beauty and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.”
President Binene talked to us about what he called, “The Frontier of Zion.” We are the Pioneers and this is the Frontier. And there is a great work to do here. He counseled us to be especially obedient and to work hard to establish the church here on this frontier.
He finished that segment of his remarks by having us read D&C 64:29-34: “Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord’s errand; and whatsoever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord’s business. And he hath set you to provide for his saints in these last days, that they may obtain an inheritance in the land of Zion. And behold, I, the Lord, declare unto you, and my words are sure and shall not fail, that they shall obtain it. But all things must come to pass in their time. Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work, and out of small thins procedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind, and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.”
As we read that, it seemed as if the Lord were talking directly to us today. He has sent us to these people, to help them obtain an inheritance in Zion. And they shall obtain it, in His time, so we must work hard and keep going to lay the foundation and great good will come.
We talked about fortifying the local members, establishing and strengthening them, because out of them will spring great things. Sekou was with us today, along with Brother Mbaya, the clerk. They are bright and good.
We talked about the salt keeping its savor, we watched a Safety Zone video, we had a discussion on preparing for and holding baptismal interviews, we talked about appropriate ways and church policies for working in Muslim cultures, and we had a good discussion about Elder Asay’s statements below:
After our conference, we recognized birthdays (Sis Binene), and these Elders received certificates for outstanding work this last month.
Here we are, our mighty Bamako group!
By 5:00 or so, we were finished (and Starving!). It was a full day with no breaks! The Binenes announced we’d all go have dinner at Amadine’s! We enjoyed every bite!
We were surprised that almost everyone ordered two meals! Maybe they were making up for missing lunch! We had plenty of food and the Elders ate everything in sight!
A great end to a great day!