Happy birthday Grandma Hyde and Hermana Juarez!! I love you two :)
Quotes of the week:
"All roads lead to a church building. "Sister Hay
"You're a polar bear because you're white." Hermana Tranchina
"That's because the Lamanites rock." -Mitch, a recent convert in response to our daily scripture text
"If you can't bring someone else to Christ, bring yourself." Sister Hay
Sister Allen received her patriarchal blessing this week!
Sister Soelberg and I received permission to attend, and what a highlight that was. It was one of the most spiritually powerful experiences of my mission.
I know the power of the Priesthood is real. I know that Heavenly Father speaks to us today. He will give us specific, personal direction when we ask for it. Patriarchal blessings are powerful, personal scripture for us to use, study, and apply throughout our lives. I know that as we live the gospel, Heavenly Father will pour out His blessings upon us.
General ConferenceWe spent conference as such:
Saturday morning with the Compton family, a recent convert.
Saturday afternoon at the conference center with a woman who's been coming back to church for several months and her daughter.
Sunday morning with Sister Skaggs, our landlady who is just the best.
Sunday afternoon at the conference center with the Myers and the Vita's!
The miracle of conference for me was being in the conference center with Sister Myers, who is from Spain, and having two of the talks be in Spanish. That was powerful.
Other thoughts that stood out:
- Make the Sabbath more holy. Elder Nelson
- Eliminate distractions from the world and media. Basically everyone
- Build our lives on our covenants. Elder Pearson
- Help others to hear and feel the music of the gospel. Elder Andersen
- Defend the family. Elder Perry and several other people.
I am grateful for the questions I took to conference, for those are the answers and direction I received. I know that what was taught this past weekend comes from our Heavenly Father. If we will study and apply those things the Spirit taught us, we will be able to feel the joy and peace that comes from living the gospel.
Despite it being spring break with 90% of our area in St. George for the vacation, we had miracles this week: someone let us do service and paint their bedroom, we were able to visit a former investigator who agreed to have us come back, our investigators readily accept everything we teach them, a member took us to visit two of the people we had planned to see, Priesthood blessings answered questions, and the Lord simply took care of us and let us know that He is there.
Sister Hay and I are working on faith and hope, trusting that God's promises are certain, and moving forward with an increased enthusiasm for the work. I love this stake. I love the people we meet each day. I love being able to serve here. I love being able to feel our Father in Heaven's love for His children. I love learning more of His gospel and coming closer to Him each day.
I am so grateful for the time I have had here to become more like Him, to learn more of Him, and to draw nearer to Him. I love the Lord. I know this is His work. I know it is a work of joy, not of fear! I know He is always with us and will never leave us. If we will turn to our Savior, Jesus Christ, He will lift us, heal us, and embrace us. I know He lives! That is the greatest miracle of this life: that because He lives, we too will live again. That is the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ and I know it is true.
I love you all. Remember to smile!
I love General Conference :)
I love Temple Square :)