Saturday, September 24, 2011

All Area Conference for Employment Specialists and Job-Seekers Dublin, OH

Same agenda as the conference in Etobicoke, Ontario. Great attendance.

Job-Seekers began coming into the cultural hall to find their stake sign on the wall and meet up with an Employment Specialist. Then they went off to the five classes.
This time Elder Hoopes was in the Relief Society Room informing about and online searching. My session was on the stage covering topics of Personal Commercials and Power Stories. I wondered how well it would work out on the stage, but it was great. The stage was carpeted. We left the curtain mostly open and it made a great open classroom.

At the conclusion of the sessions, the Job-Seekers met throughout the building to create action steps and follow-up meeting dates with their Employment Specialists.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


We really felt that some day Curtis would walk into the office and surprise us. We were so surprised, thrilled and excited when he actually did. It was an amazing surprise!

We took him to our favorite El Patio Restaurant. He ordered his food speaking in Spanish. So fun! His visit was only about three hours but a great visit.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Etobicoke Ontario Canada All Area Conference for ES and Job-Seekers

This was a great conference at the Bishop's Storehouse, and Employment Center. The first two hours was with Employment Specialists. When the job-seekers came at 11:00 they met by stakes with the specialists and it was an opportunity for the ES to be trained in helping the job-seeker during the five breakout sessions. Each only 25 minutes long but long enough for attendees to be lifted and inspired with followup from the specialist with them. The classes were on Interviewing, Personal Commercial and Power Stories, Networking, Resumes, and On Line Searching.

It was really fun to use the facility the best we could. Elder Hoopes taught in the Food Packing area. Susan taught in the Food Storage area. It was an awesome sight .

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baptism of Beautiful Joyce

Joyce will be a great strong member. It is always fun returning Elders to their apartment.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Grand Rapids Michigan CWS & Fish

Grand Rapids was named after the rapids. We watched the fish and some Salmon jump the stairs up the river. We learned they want to take out the little dams on the river and bring back the rapids to the city. The whole area is a beautiful place.

The Career Workshop had twelve people signed up to come. It ended up this way for two days. It is about helping the one, but a larger group provides more interaction and feedback for better learning. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and serving in this part of MI.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Wow! We have tomatoes even though our plant has been blown over to the floor twice. Now we have it anchored securely to the fence and look forward to harvesting these delicious nourishment's that are in the world and enough to spare. Tomato plant is friends with Cactus Brenda Ebie gave us. It is flourishing also.

Another Saturday in the office doing what never gets done.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Last Sunday, these young men were the only members left in the building, waiting for their ride. When I walked into the chapel I was astounded in the sweetest way. Teenagers making such a spiritual choice when they are alone. They were at the piano singing Teach Me To Walk In The Light and other Primary Songs. Then I learned they were fasting because they were preparing themselves to go out and visit some less active youth. Our services that day were beautiful, then these young men added joy to the day. As much as I prefer a regular piano over electric I can appreciate that this piano made it possible for them to sing with music.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Preparing for a multitude of things we spent another full Saturday in the office. While working, Family Services was waiting for adoptive parents to come for their newborn 3 day old baby. To keep the baby happy I was asked to help. There is Great Joy in all that we are asked to do.
That day we also had a baptism for Brother Mathews, the tall man. It is easy to understand that his wife's parents from Oregon would be there. Elder Bradshaw who was going home from his mission was able to touch his heart with his teaching from the Spirit. It was the Mathew's truck that was stolen and the missionaries found it. This was all part of the culminating conditions that brought him to baptism. Elder Bradshaw returned home and missed Mathew's baptism. He could only send his love and best wishes. It was a joyful day.

Sunday afternoons at 5:00 we have been holding Sabbath Day Discussions on Self Reliance and Employment using many scriptures to inspire the development of skills and work.

There are only a few at a time who come. We would stay and do it for even one. We stay at the building after Church, after giving rides home. Elder Hoopes works non stop in the clerks office while I take a nap on the chairs. About 4:15 we start picking participants up to bring them to the discussion.

Amazingly our newly baptized 12 year old came with her 18 year old sister. She was a great participator and was able to immediately come up with her own power story after being taught about Personal Commercials and Power Stories. I thought about our own grandchildren and how they would all benefit throughout their school years by learning the skills from these classes. If any of you are youth leaders, the Employment Specialists could teach and apply these lessons to the youth, especially those going off to college and especially those who have finished their missions. Elder Hoopes does teach those in our mission who are returning home. Personal commercials, Power Statements & Networking during college years will benefit them immensely.

What I would like our children and grandchildren to do is to use Power Statements as a preface to any situation that must be resolved or activity they need to accomplish.
This is called a C.A.R.: a Condition, Action and Result.
The Power Statements written down, kept and memorized
are a great summary of things accomplished.

The approach in teaching the C.A.R. Power Statements is for us to look back in our life's past experiences from which we will find examples to give proof of our skills . However Susan and I at the office talked about how marvelous it would have been to know about and use C.A.R. in all of our activities growing up as children and as a focus serving the Lord in our callings when 'Planning With A Purpose'. Two things would be accomplished: 1. target goal setting and 2. power statements created by going forward rather than having to dig and dig into our past to find them.

We encourage our grand children to plan a goal every evening for the next day, (even if several days of Actions are required to accomplish a Result). At the end of the day, evaluate the goal with Mom and Dad by saying, "I can..." "I have..." "I am...." . State your skill for the day, give an example of it and give the impressive Result. This will be your power statement for the day. This daily goal setting will help during teen years and adult years when so much of worldly ways try to distract from spiritual ways of keeping our eye on the Lord and His Atonement.

To do this, teach the children to start with the end in mind. Visualize and first write down the Results expected (the Priesthood Purpose). Select the Condition with statements that describe the situation. Then layout the Action steps to achieve the Results. These can be used to accomplish all tasks throughout life and will in the end 1. document proof of skills developed,
2. build confidence and 3. help with power statements when times come to interview for employment. To know more about creating these statements just go to the Site Map on .

The C.A.R. applies to all levels of jobseeker's experience. We give an example of a man with a 6 digit income who practices his statements daily. He selected 9 skills he possessed and memorized 3 Power Statements for each skill that provided proof for each skill. He practiced some of his 27 power statements daily. To impress the importance of having them memorized is using the example of a concert pianist who plays a piece 70 times perfectly before the concert, so in our case, before the interview.

A suggestion to anyone (employed, under employed or desiring to help others with employment needs) who wants to learn more about these things and how the Church offers to help us, just go to the Site Map on If you are a job seeker, sign in and please fill out your profile to 90%. Adding six power stories will increase the % and will also make it visible to specialists and employers (IF you check the box to allow them to see you). We even encourage employed people to take the Career Workshops so they can help others. One man takes the workshop every year to just to stay alert and maintain his employment. Good idea.

Do we love our Employment Mission. Absolutely!

This class was in the foyer of our building,