I just wanted to start out by saying how inspiring conference was!! Words of God. Seriously have changed me. Everyone always says how great conference is for missionaries and it is true! Christmas. a lot of tv time and a lot of english lol.
Okay crazy side note. I met Hermana Roshdahl here a couple weeks ago. She was in Danville stake! Her brother and sister were in showbiz when I was in it, I don't remember their names but crazy small world! Chile Santiago Oeste es la mejor!
So this week We were asked to teach seminary. We taught 1 Nephi:12-13. holy cow. I never realized the symbolism in chapter 13. Christopher Columbus, the Revolutionary War...todo! so cool.
We have a keyboard in our pension so I have started messing around to see if I remember anything from all those years ago. I wish I would have stuck with paino... but it is never too late to learn! Chris and Carsyn, learn the piano. Practice makes permanent. There is always room for improvement.
This week we had an experience with a less active I'd like to share. She was so so stressed and for 45 minutes she just talked and talked, 'going off' about life; She was so frustrated. We offered to sing a hymn with her and wow, what a difference that made. There is so much power in Hymns!! So much peace filled the room that it was kind of overwhelming. I love hymns! We sing many times throughout the day. I love it.
I really really do not like Satan. This week we had a freak out with a family. Actually, the family who was just baptized. So many miracles in their family, Satan is working hard to tear them down. I don't want to get into details but the wife said she didn't ever want to go back to church... um ugh. The son is having some psychological problems...it was a scary night. BUT the next day we got the son and mom to the temple!!! Oh what a wonderful thing that was for them. Satan is powerful, but we have the power to beat him! It is our choice to let him tear us down or to stand up to him and rely on God. It was so cool to see their faith in heavenly father grow throughout this time. Ether 12:6
So now let's dive into Conference!!
Seriously all of the talks were flipping fantastic.
I love Elder Holland's talk about defending our faith. This is the most important thing we will do on earth; we need to protect it with all of our being. Instead of dying for this gospel, live for it! Let it show in everything we do. Let our faith shine through our works. I also absolutely loved the talk by Elder Andersen. We need to dig our roots deep into Christ, because when the winds come, which they will, we need to be grounded in Him so we are not picked up and moved to an unknown place. Sometimes the winds are just a breeze, but even a breeze can move us a little farther from Christ. When the winds do come, our roots deepen and we are strengthened. Trust in Christ. Rely on him in time of desperation. I also loved Elder Zwicks talk about speaking. I know this is something I really need to work on; thinking before I speak. Our words can have a lasting effect on people..for good or for worse. And of course Elder Ballard´s talk. I know at times I feel inadequate to be preaching this gospel. But I know the basics and I have a testimony. That is enough to share the gospel. We as missionaries need YOUR help! We cannot do the Lord's work without the help of members. Read preach my gospel, it is such a glorious tool we have been given. Don't be afraid to share what you believe. It doesn't have to be a huge missionary lesson, but open your mouth and share a little bit about our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Be proud. Send me your missionary experiences por favor :) we have a tarjeta we use with our members from Elder Ballard. "No les pedimos a todos que hagan todo. Pedimos que todos los miembros, sea joven o ancient, contacta a "una" sola persona cada trimester, millones sentiran el amor del Señor Jesucristo. Que regalo tan maravilloso para el Salvador al apresurar la obra de salvación."
I loved Bednar's talk too. We all carry burdens, that is what keeps us going.
His work is marvelous. I love this gospel. I love the personal revelation I receive through the holy ghost. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. Like he said, it is important to love one another and show kindness in all that we do. We are ALL children of God, even strangers are loved by the same Heavenly Father that loves you. We are all His children. I love the knowledge I have of the gospel. I do not know everything, but I know enough to know that it is true. I love my Savior.
Thank you for all of your support from home. I can feel your love and prayers. I love you!!