We had the first appointment this morning to meet with Pres. Cook our mission president for couple interviews. This is our first interviews with him since we have arrived. We were commanded by his secretary that we had 25 min. and then we were out. They were about ten minutes late starting but we were there 25 minutes early so we were not the hold up. At 25 after the hour we were reminded our time was up which was fine. We came prepared to share with President what our responsibilities were and what we have been doing since we arrived. We decided to put it in writing so if he was interested he could read through it or toss it. What was great about this writing exercise it helped us see what we had accomplished and what was ahead of us. Our mission president was excited about what we have been doing and what some of our plans are. He is such a great man. He is gracious and I don't think he ever stops working. I talked to a mission president once that said the pressure was so intense that he got vertigo and had to lay in bed because he just couldn't keep going. Pres. Cook has been a three star general and he knows how to deal with the troop. We are so blessed to have him. I doubt you will want to read the following but if you really want to know what we have been doing this covers it.
Barlow Center Senior Missionary Responsibilities, Plans and Accomplishments
October 15, 2014 through January 2015
October 15, 2014 through January 2015
Our Responsibilities as missionaries in the DC North Mission are three fold. The first is Barlow Center Management.
- Ongoing Barlow Center activities:
- Preparation of the Barlow Center for newly arriving interns.
i. Providing emergency services for Barlow Interns including:
1. Providing 24/7 security services
2. Moving students to and from medical care facilities
ii. Washing, drying, folding, and allocating bedding.
iii. Inventory control and replacement of kitchen items
2. Pots and Pans
iv. Preparation of packets containing
2. Information items
3. Inspecting dorm rooms
v. Greeting new interns and conducting familiarity tours of the Barlow Center
vi. Establish relationships of trust with interns by inviting them in groups to dinner at our apartment on Sundays
vii. We provide blessings to interns on request – two this past week.
i. Weekly meetings with the building maintenance employee
ii. Parking administration
iii. WIFI administration, maintenance, upgrade
iv. Heating and air conditioning
v. Center scheduling
3. Missionary discussions
- Barlow Center Improvement Programs since 10/15/2014
- Software Systems
i. Installation of a new electronic keying system
ii. Driver and configuration management for the WIFI
- Heating and air conditioning renovation
i. Air Distribution revamp
ii. Boiler system maintenance and temperature resets
- Upcoming Barlow Center projects for 2015
- Key and Fob audit
- Manage the remodel of the Foyer
- Manage the installation of a new boiler and a water treatment system
- Prepare and Propose a new system of linen distribution for the building
i. Finish obtaining bids for bedding
ii. Collect estimates for laundering bedding
iii. Present proposal to the EOCC
- Feasibility study and proposal preparation for presentation to the EOCC on the surplusing of unused and abandoned equipment in the building
- Preparation and presentation of a maintenance contract for the following entities:
i. Mechanical contractor
ii. Boiler contractor
iii. Elevator contractor
4. Preparing for and Hosting dignitaries at the Barlow Center
The second part of our missionary activity as the Barlow Center Senior missionaries involves the effective use of the Barlow Center as a missionary tool.
1. The Barlow Center is an asset for the accomplishing missionary work in the central Washington DC area. At the current time it is being used as a missionary tool in the following ways
a. A teaching facility for both the young Elders and Sisters
b. We assists when asked by the young Elders and Sisters to teaching the missionary discussions to investigators.
c. We use the institute class taught at the Barlow Center to teach both members and non-members.
2. Future plans to use the Barlow Center as a missionary tool include the following:
a. The Senior Missionaries over Family History in the Washington DC North Mission have been contacted by us about holding a regular open door session for local foot traffic and for neighbors. This session could be held on a weekday at noon or on other days and times during the week. In addition, both the young Elders and Sisters have been contacted about being available to assist with walk-in traffic. The young Elders and Sisters have agreed that this would be a valuable use of their time as we are able to attract local passer-byes and residents.
b. We, in conjunction with the Barlow Center interns who are on the DC 2nd Ward missionary committee have proposed a targeted missionary/humanitarian event later in the spring.
i. I have contacted close friends in the Humanitarian Department of the Church to see when Church Humanitarian Officials will be in the DC area. The event is to be scheduled around their visit.
ii. The Barlow Students are planning to invite individuals in the offices where they work to participate in a humanitarian project which will be done at the Barlow Center in conjunction with the visit from Humanitarian Services mentioned above.
iii. The guest from Humanitarian Services will be given time to explain the Humanitarian programs of the church to all those participating in the project. In addition the same person will provide information about the Church and expose young professional non-members to the Church and to its humanitarian efforts.
3. The Barlow Center interns are another important key to our mission plan. They represent assets which are mobile. In cooperation with the DC 2nd Ward missionary committee, the members of the committee will be assigned specific nights during the week to participate in missionary work at the DC Young Adult Center. The night we are most involved with is Wednesday evenings
Third area of responsibility - CES Institute Responsibilities: As CES missionaries we feel a great need to increase attendance of the young adults in any institute class in the area. We have been assigned four classes to teach.
a. Monday Class: Taught in the Longworth Congress building. We have been able to bring the class from 2 actively participating members to 7. This has been accomplished by passing out flyers and visiting all of the congressmen and senators offices from the state of Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and a few from Wyoming and Colorado just before the new semester started. This effort has not only increased the attendance at our Monday class but increased the attendance of the Friday class taught by Brother Cottle in the senate buildings.
b. Tuesday Class: Taught at the Barlow Center. We started with about 4 students. Last week he had 17 in attendance. In the past the class was held primarily for Barlow students. By being a member of the welcome committee of the DC 2nd Ward we have gathered email address of all new move in to the DC 2nd ward which includes new interns from other universities around the country and sent out weekly reminders to attend institute at the Chevy Chase Ward or the Barlow Center. For the first time we had more students in attendance from other universities than we had from the Barlow students. We are committed to seeing that the doors of the Barlow are opened to all members in the DC down town area.
c. Wednesday Class: Taught at the DC Youth Center Building. We will be teaching Wednesday Evenings at the DC Youth Center. The goal is to get inactive members with their nonmember friends to come to class.
d. Thursday Class: Taught at the King Street Church. We have been assigned to teach a class for young mothers with small children in the Alexandria Area. That class has grown from 4 to 6 members. If we get one more member we will need to arrange for a nursery during the class because last week we taught with 14 children in the nursery playing.
3. We team teach each of these classes. In addition to teaching the classes we also spend a considerable time preparing our lesson. We tried teaching two different classes, one in the New Testament and one in the Doctrine and Covenants. The preparation time became so overwhelming that this semester we are only teaching New Testament. This has enable us to do a better job of preparing to teach and then adjust the class for different audiences.
4. We also prepare the munch and mingle treats that are provided after the class. This involves planning, shopping, and preparing a large amount of food especially as the classes increase in size.
5. We meet every Monday with our CES Coordinator Brother Cottle and his support specialist to go over the institute business.
1. We seek to talk about the Church to any willing listener as we travel around the area.
2. We have discussed with the family history missionary couple the possibly of having the Barlow Center open to foot traffic through the noon hours at least one day a week. We have discussed this with the sisters and elders in the area and they would be willing to man the building for the few hours it would be open. Our challenge now is getting a couple of computers to use so people coming in would be able to work in the great room.
3. We serve on the missionary committee of the DC 2nd Ward.
4. We have taught non-members in our institute classes. We encourage members to bring their friends.
Challenges we are facing:
1. The travel time involved in going to our classes whether in our car or the metro. This is just an adjustment to big city life.
2. Some minor health issues. Sister Anthony has had some knee problems.
1. Serving together as couple and having a common goal and work has been a very awarding experience.
2. Studying and preparing lessons together keeps us in the scriptures and blesses our life.
3. We love the area and being able to walk together to get to most things we need.