Monday, October 5, 2015

General Conference

It's week 4 of this transfer! What?! Time is just flying right now...
It needs to slow down!! It's been a fantastic week full of lessons,
General Conference, and the spirit.

Funny story time: Sunday morning about 2:30am, Sister Russell woke me
up by saying "What?!" really loudly.. I said, "What?" I was groggy but
I was awake. She mumbled, "Which of our investigators need to be
protected?" I heard what she said, but I was so confused haha. I was
like, "Huh?" She was like "ugh" and then got really sassy and said
very loudly and slowly, "Which of our investigators need to be
protected?!" She was talking to me like I was stupid haha! I said,
"All of them!" And then she said "ugh" and fell back asleep. Haha it
was hilarious(:

Taught another investigator on Tuesday, she had questions about temples, such as
who can go there and what they are for, etc. I got the feeling that we
needed to start from the basics before talking about temples to help
her understand better. So, we taught her the Plan of Salvation and
wove in temples and their purposes. The spirit was so strong(: I asked
her how she felt after we bore testimony of temples, and she said she
felt very peaceful and happy! She had a big smile on her face, and I
pointed out that those feelings were the Holy Ghost testifying to her,
and that the Holy Ghost only testifies of truth. It just clicked in
her mind and she was so happy! I love the gospel and I love seeing the
joy that can come from knowing it and feeling the spirit! She still
has the goal in mind to be baptized the 24th of this month. Yay!

Yesterday we watched the afternoon session of conference at
Grandma's house, and then had a lesson with her about the Spirit 
So cool experience: earlier this week, Sister
Russell and I wanted to text a scripture to all of our investigators
and less actives. During my personal study, I wrote down a scripture
for each person, and then during companionship study I had Sister
Russell read the scripture and say who she thought it would help. On
almost all of them, we were inspired about the same person(: So we
sent BJ 2 Nephi 31: 15-21. She told us yesterday that that was the
first scripture the Elders had her read from the BOM four months ago,
and it was amazing to see the difference in herself from where she was
at then and where she's at now. So cool!! I love the Spirit!!

I had the most spiritual lesson of my life this week. It was with a
member who is active and everything. We felt like we needed to
have a lesson with her, but didn't know why. We wanted to also talk to
her about her nonmember roomie and see if she is interested. We
started off by talking about school and the stresses of life.. Then I
asked her how she was doing spiritually. And she is struggling.. She
has her highs and lows (who doesn't?) and just didn't feel that she
was worthy of repenting or even praying sometimes. We were super bold
with her, and she needed it. Because none of us are worthy! None of us
are perfect. That's why we have prayer, and the Atonement, and
commandments, and church. We don't utilize those things because we are
perfect or worthy, but we use them to become clean, pure, and whole.
She said, "If Jesus walked into this room right now, how would I
feel?" And in that instant, I just knew that He actually was right
there beside her and that He absolutely loved her. My heart about
burst, I started crying, I bore my testimony that He was there in that
very moment and He is never out of reach. Sister Russell spoke so
powerfully and boldly, and we all kneeled and she offered the most
fervent, heartfelt prayer I have ever heard. It was so incredible❤️

Really quick, thought on General Conference. Wow! It was soooooo
incredible, I don't even know where to begin. One thing I absolutely
loved and am going to do is "Ponderize" one scripture per week.(:
There was such a huge contrast from watching conference my whole life,
to watching it as a missionary with the Spirit. This was the first
time I was attentive the entire time and took pages of notes. I
absolutely loved conference! Just being here and living this life
right now, I realized just how distracted and unfocused I was before
my mission. It's like I was walking through fog, my mind was so
concerned about trivial worldly things, and now looking back, it
scares me how much of a hold Satan had on me and how foggy my mind
was. Because now, it' so clear. Everything is made clear to me, I have
this eternal perspective, and I never ever want to lose this! I've
written down so many goals I want to keep after my mission, and I have
a feeling it'll be a long list by the end of my mission.(:

I love you all! Have a great week!!

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