Hello all and happy day after General Conference!!!!!!
Wow. So I REALLY hope all of you had a chance to sit and watch at least one session of this wonderful General Conference. It was absolutely AMAZING! Even President Monson thought it was something worth writing about in his journal (it always is, but he just announced it this time). I’ll come back to this topic in a bit, though.
So we had so many meetings this week that it felt like we didn’t get too much done. Sister Buxton had a leadership meeting on Tuesday down in Bedford, so I was on exchange with Sister Burton and Sister Keigley while she went to her meeting. Then we had Zone interviews on Friday which meant another day out of our area, not teaching. Then we had conference for two days and since the church is a half hour drive away, and we’re restricted on the number of miles we can drive every month, we just stayed there in between sessions (again, not in our area). Despite all of this, it was still a great week. Wednesday was exchanges with Laconia, so I was in Canterbury with Sister Bowns, who is super happy all the time and it’s awesome to teach with her. We taught a man named John, who was a referral from one of our members. We met him the week before and Sister Makechnie just got out of the car (he works at a vegetable stand), walked up to him and said “Hi John. So these are my friends and they’re missionaries. As you know, I’m a mormon and I’ve prayed with you before. I’d like you to just listen to what they have to say.” Weelll okay then! Off we go to tell him about the Gospel! That was probably the coolest thing ever since I’ve never known anyone to just come right out and say it like that. BUT he seemed to enjoy our quick visit that day, though it was hard to gauge his reaction and what he really thought. We gave him a Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet, asked him to read Alma 36 and left. So when Sister Bowns and I came back this week, and asked him about it, we were kind of surprised that he had actually read! WHOA! That hardly ever happens, too! He read the wrong chapter, but still! So since he has a hard time reading, we just re-read it with him to help him understand what was going on. He really liked that and caught on pretty fast. While we discussed what was going on, he kept saying how he was too corrupted and he was addicted to a lot of things. I think he was trying to tell us that he wasn’t sure we should try to help him, but we’re not giving up. We told him that. We told him we’d be there to support him and help in whatever way we can. That seemed to give him a little bit of hope. It was a great lesson and when we left, he gave us a dozen ears of corn and two pumpkins. SWEET! That’s delicious. But we don’t know what to do with the pumpkin since we don’t actually have time to cook it. 😛
Bonnie and Lexi are doing AWESOME! We stopped by on Friday night to see them and they really loved that. Bonnie invited us over for dinner sometime (which we love when investigators do that!) Lexi said her first prayer for us!!! WOOHOO!!! We ended up only having about five minutes before we had to leave to teach them a lesson, so we just did a quick teaser of the Plan of Salvation. We asked them if they had ever thought about Where they came from? Why they’re here? Where they’re going after this life? Man they jumped on those really quickly and got super excited for us to come back and teach about it. We’ll be seeing them on tonight! 🙂
Gloria. Oh. My. Goodness. She is so awesome. She came to the last session of conference yesterday and then we went to Sister Creed’s for dinner with her! THAT was cool. We had so much fun talking and getting to know each other. Gloria is such a sweet lady and she has so many amazing comments. We talked about the Atonement for our lesson and she participated a lot. Sister Creed and her daughter, Cynthia, did as well. It was just so amazing and the Spirit was very strong. I love teaching all of them, but all together is even better! 🙂
Okay. So conference. Whoa. That completely knocked my socks off. First off: It was really cool to see familiar faces in the choir (specifically Sister Applonie – definitely miss seeing her spunkiness!) and gave me a little taste of home. 🙂 Second: I can’t choose which talk was my favorite because they were all so awesome. With that being said, all of you need to go watch every one of them ASAP. 😀 I will say though, that I just loved how much this whole conference was centered on traditional families. Satan really is attacking traditional families because Heavenly Father has told us over and over that it is the most important unit. President Eyring said yesterday that there is only one Plan of Happiness and only one commandment that is sure to bring loving happiness into the home – Love the Lord thy God with all they heart and love they neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments, hang all the law and prophets. Elder Oaks said that we are commanded to love ALL men and show respect to them, even if they do not believe the same way we do. However, we cannot allow the laws of men to justify what goes against the laws of God. God has said that marriage is between a man and a woman and that this is the best environment for us to raise and nurture children (President Packer said that the safest place to raise children is in a Gospel centered home). When we were baptized, we promised to obey His commandments and to love Him and serve Him. The laws of men sometimes go against what God has told us and there is no excuse for going against God. So let us have the courage to stand for truth and righteousness – Elder Oaks continued, saying that a moral coward is one who does not stand for God, truth and righteousness because they are afraid of what others might think of them.
Let us not be moral cowards and do not rely on the ways of the world to help you. Stand for what you know is right. Show the Lord you love Him by keeping His commandments. Another commandment we have been given is to share the Gospel with everyone around us. Let us be examples to those we know and love. Share what you know to be true and show them the ways they can be blessed by living the principles of the Gospel. One of my favorite scriptures is Joshua 24:15 – “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We all have our agency, so it is your decision of what to believe, but I KNOW that if we abide by the laws and principles of the Gospel, those commandments that Heavenly Father has given us because He loves each of His children, we can have eternal happiness and joy. I know this because I’ve seen it in my own life, and in the lives of those around me. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of the Lord today and that the Apostles are servants of Him as well. I know that the words they speak are from Heavenly Father and are things we need to be sure to study and learn in order to know what it is we should be doing. I love this Gospel and I love the Lord with all my heart and soul. I challenge each of you this week to stand for truth and righteousness. Share your testimony with a friend or even just a scripture or spiritual thought. Post it on Facebook, text it, email it, say it in person. Make sure you express your love for them, but also express your love for God. Be an example.
Have a great week everyone! Take some time to watch at least a few of the conference talks! 🙂
Love you all!