This has been such a great week. We are getting so excited for the baptism of C. scheduled for this Friday. She is getting very excited as well!!!
So we just found out today that we are getting a senior couple out here to our branch!!!! They are the Brems!!!!!! We are so excited to have them to help our members!!!!
We went to Palma this week for Zone Conference. It was so good to see President!!!! I ate nine pieces of pizza. I've still got it!!!! I got your package!!! Thank you so much.
Today for preparation day we did some spring cleaning and caught up on some sleep. We had church in Inca this week, so we stayed the night in Inca.
We are so pumped for General Conference!!!! We have a stash of money for shopping each week, and whatever we have left over, we are buying snacks!!!!!! It should be great. This is what we share with all of our members leading up to conference, I thought I would share it with you.
So In the book of Mosiah, we read about the first General Conference of the Nephites. Everyone gathers around to here the words of the Prophet. In Mosiah 2:5 we read, "And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters, from the eldest down to the youngest, every family being separate one from another."
It's interesting to me that these people first, faced themselves towards the temple. I hope that with Conference this week, you will wake time to go to the temple, and have questions ready in mind. Next it explains that everyone was organized by family. I always loved Conference because it is such a family time. May we put a higher focus on strengthening our family, and being edifices together this Conference.
So why do we have Conference? What is the goal? I would say it is the same as the People of Nephi. That we can experience what they experienced in Mosiah 5:2, "And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually."
It is my hope that as we come to Conference, that we might receive a mighty change of heart. that we might be able to have a disposition to do good continually!!! I am so excited to hear from our modern Prophets and change my disposition to better serve the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Our miracle this week comes from the opportunity we had to go to the Old Folks Home on Tuesday to visit C's mother. She is ninety-nine and so kind. We met so many people and enjoyed our time getting to know these amazing people. Elder Cook and I decided to make that our weekly service project. Every Tuesday we are now going out to the Home and talking with the residents. As we left last week, they were all asking when we would return, looking into their sweet faces, we had to tell them the next week. We are so excited. My whole mission I have been looking for more service opportunities, and here it is!! What a miracle. We loving serving the Lord!
We had a special meeting in Palma with an Area Authority, and he talked about how we are trying to become a stake, but why is that important? We talked about how a stake is used to tie down a tent to protect it from the the storms. That is the same reason we have them today. To protect the church from the storms of the adversary. It is our duty to strengthen our stakes so that when the storms come, we can be firm and the campers can sleep through the night!!
Doctrine and Covenants 115:6 "And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth."