Hi Family! I'm a little sick today and my brain's not entirely working, so I'll just keep this short! So this past week my companion and I got to teach a lesson for YW in our branch, we taught about General Conference, how we can prepare and then we played a little game with learning more about the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles of the church. We spoke about how in this world full of voices and information, it can be hard to know what we should do or who we should listen to. Thankfully we have not only the scriptures (writings of prophets of old) but we also have living apostles and prophets and they can guide us by speaking with authority from our loving Heavenly Father. Their words are more relevant now than anything else (there's a quote in the Liahona this month from Ezra Taft Benson) :
“The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. …
God’s revelations to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the Ark.
Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore, the most important prophet,
so far as you and I are concerned, is the one living in our day and age
to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore, the
most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet …
contained each month in our Church magazines. Our marching orders for
each six months are found in the general conference addresses, which are
printed in the Ensign magazine. … Beware of those who would pit the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence.”
like that quote. So this weekend we did indeed get to watch General
Conference! We actually still need to find some time to watch the Sunday
afternoon session, but everything else we've seen so far. I'll
encourage you to do the same thing we encouraged our investigators and
members- go to Conference with one or a few questions you need the Lord
to answer. Then bring something to write on and listen for the answers
:) It was a great experience for me to feel the Lord's love through
these inspired leaders and their talks. When we come to the Lord ready
and willing to receive answers, we will not go back empty-handed.
grateful for the time we had this weekend to remember Jesus Christ's
Atonement and resurrection. It's been nice speaking to people this past
week about life after death and why Jesus Christ matters to everyone. We
generally talk about that anyway, but perhaps this week, people were
more willing to take time and reflect on what this season is about. It's
so good to have and know my purpose in life. I'm so grateful for the
knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how I can feel at peace
knowing that we are all children of God and members of His family. I'm
so grateful the church has been restored with all the principles,
ordinances and authority from Christ himself.
were contacting people on the street when a young family came up to us.
They're here visiting from England, although they're French natively.
They're members from our church and so we started talking. It was so
nice having those automatic friends :) It sounds funny but it's true! No
matter where you are in the world, when you find someone that's a
member you just feel right at home in their presence! I think it's
because we know that we are all family, we're not afraid of anything,
we're not skeptical of each other- we just want to help each other. We
know that we're all trying to be more like our Saviour and we have so
many reasons to be happy :)
Ok I'll finish now and I'll wish you an amazing week full of great experiences and lots of smiles!
Love you so much,