This weeks title comes from President Andersen... He told us this week that every time he hears the word conference, he automatically thinks of the word revelation and well.... Conferences truly do lead to revelation! This weekend we not only had Zone conference, but we had stake conference as well, so I'm just going to share some of my favorite things that I have learned.
1. Okay first of all, something that I love is that as missionaries, we aren't here to force people to come to church or trick people into being baptized or convince people that this truly is God's church restored on the earth today.... But rather, we are here to INVITE. We invite people to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know that it is true, we invite the, to come to church or family night and we invite them to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized in His name by the proper authority. And that all of these invitations, when accepted and completed, ultimately lead to having eternal families. That really when we talk with people on the streets we are inviting them to find out how they can be with their loved ones forever, that it is possible to live with your families forever and isn't that just amazing?
2. We also talked about how repentance sometimes seems scary. Or hard. And we don't think we can do it. But the beautiful thing about the atonement of Jesus Christ is that repentance always leads to forgiveness. Every single time that we sincerely repent of something, be it big or small, serious or not so serious, we receive forgiveness. We receive the blessing and the knowledge that we no longer have that stain on us, the joy of being clean. I love how Alma the younger says it in Alma 36... Read verses 17-21. I know that what he says is true. That our joy will be so sweet and so exquisite that it will exceed whatever pain might have been felt.
3. Elder Christopher Charles from the seventy was present at our stake conference and talked a lot about Holding the Line. He talked specifically about keeping the sabbath day holy, but I think it can apply in any situation. That in regards to our standards and values, we do not budge. We need to be firm and not allow other people, other things or other ideas to sway us or distract us. Don't fall into the "just this one time " syndrome. He said this.... "Beliefs are of little value if you don't live them".
I wish you all could have the opportunity to sit in on a missionary zone conference.... But.... You do all have the opportunity to attend a stake conference and in just about a month, to watch general conference! So. I want to invite all of you who might read this to prepare yourselves. Think of questions - like 2 or 3 - they can be about anything. And take them to this conference. And I promise you that you will receive answers. The Lord knows you, every single one of you and he loves you all individually and he wants to give you answers!!
Anyways. I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for the prayers and emails and never ending support.
Much love, Hermana Hauber
|My Valentine's Day gift from a member- a candy rose|
|My comp and I eating food from the zone leaders #theyresonice|