It’s the start of a new transfer! Sister Robinson and I will be staying together in Sunland! We are both really happy about that. We’ve set transfer goals and are expecting to see many miracles this transfer. And you bet we will be continuing to work super hard!
So highlight of everyone’s week: GENERAL CONFERENCE. AHHH it was SO good. I have never been so excited for Conference in my entire life. Sister Robinson and I were saying it is better than Christmas and Easter combined. Every talk was so good and I received so much insight from each of them. Some of the highlights:
-President Monson’s short but POWERFUL talk in choices: “Choose the HARDER a right, not the EASIER wrong.” I love it. Obedience is often hard, but it’s so worth it, especially because “choices determine our destiny”!
-President Henry B. Eyring’s superb testimony of the power that comes from General Conference. He promised us that the through watching Conference with the Spirit, we will have greater capacity to love Jesus Christ and have increased faith. Everything about General Conference is truly inspired and directed by the Lord.
-President Uchtdorf’s talk on how it matters not how far we have sunk because God has the power to help us be restored! You cannot fall too deep that the rescuing power of the Atonement can’t reach you. God sees is worthy of rescue! However, we have to first be willing to ask and receive help and change, aka obedience. “There’s nothing good
unless we do it!”
-Paul V. Johnson: “Jesus has already cured your __________!”
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s uplifting talk: Because of the Atonement, we get the credit for simply just TRYING. Therefore, we need to give credit to others who try, even if they don’t succeed at times. Also, first commandment: love God with all your heart, might, mind and
strength. First truth: God loves us with all His heart, might, mind and strength. “HEAVEN IS CHEERING FOR YOU!!”
-Elder Dale G. Renlund: “The greater the distance between the giver and the receiver, the more the receiver develops a sense of entitlement.” We must keep the ones we love and care for and responsible for close to us. The closer we are to Christ, the more we
understand His nature and grace.
Ahh every talk was just so good! And can I just say that I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!? Their performance of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” just shook me. I love General Conference!!!! I hope you all enjoyed it just as much!
As for this week. It was definitely a very faith trying week. And it continues to be. In fact, that’s one of our transfer goals individually and as a companionship: to have faith, not doubt or fear. There were just what seemingly felt like an extra amount of dropped
lessons and uninterested people. Our teaching pool right now consists of one. But he is so golden so that’s a huge blessing. Finding the elect is hard, but we have to hope. President James E. Faust said “Hope is trust in God’s promises, faith that if we act now, the desired blessings will be fulfilled in the future.” So all we can do is act NOW by continuing to work hard and talk with everyone and believing that God will give us the desired blessings in the future, whether that be this week, this month, next month or even post-mission.
But guess what guys!?! Tuesday was AWESOME because I got to contact a Chinese lady!!! We were walking down the street and we saw this lady working on her garden. FYI I still can’t tell the difference between the different kinds of Asians haha. But there are so very few Asians here in Sunland and the ones that we’ve met have been Korean. Anyway,I asked her if she spoke Chinese and SHE DID!! When we realized we both spoke Chinese we just ran to each other and kept saying how it felt like we found family. It was the best tender mercy, even though my Chinese has gotten SOOO bad. But I was very grateful to Heavenly Father that that had happen 🙂
There was another day when we were walking on the street and we passed by a potential that we had stopped by at least 3 times before but was never home. We actually planned to see him later that evening, but I felt a slight nudge to go knock on his door right then. And he was home!! He has been doing a ton of research on our church and it led to a ton of anti stuff. But he is really cool and level-headed and accepted our invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. He said he really hopes that we are right because he’s concerned for our salvation so that was very nice of him to say.
Oh! One of the BIGGEST highlights of this week was the fact that we started biking (partially because we were almost out of miles for the month). It has been forever since missionaries have biked here in Sunland and now we know why. It’s all hills and with walking, it’s not too bad. But man, biking is ROUGH. And for some reason, it brought all
the weird and unfortunate circumstances. For example, an old Mexican man kissing our cheek and getting rained down on (when it never rains in California!!). But it was great and we enjoyed it and now we know hahahaha.
We are excited for this transfer! It’s off to a rocky start, but hey, we need to hit lows before we can hit the highs, right? Elder Dallin H. Oaks talked about opposition. It is essential to be tested in this life and it is through making the right choices that we can grow! God will consecrate our afflictions for our gain, and that is a PROMISE.
I hope you all enjoy this upcoming week. Remember that you each are a precious son or daughter of God with divine worth, divine potential and a divine heritage. You each are oh so special and I love you!