Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Week 61: General Conference was amazing!!!!!!!!!!

It's always fun when you have a dinner appointment with young kids. There are many highlights. We helped them dress up and act out the story of Ammon and King Lamoni using a Burger King crown and a beard that we found lying around in our apartment. Our focus was on teaching about scripture study and prayer due to the recent challenge by the branch presidency. It worked out really well because now the kids want to study the scriptures and act out the stories. They wanted us to come back and do the story of the stripling warriors next.

Many people this week have felt the spirit as we testified of truth. Although initially opposed, the spirit bore witness to them that what we were testifying of was true. I love the feeling that comes as we seek to rely on the spirit and allow our words to be instruments for the Lord to do His work. One such person was Webb. As we testified he decided by himself that he needed to read the Book of Mormon and asked for a specific chapter that he could read. So we gave him Moroni Chapter 10.
On Tuesday as we were trying to find people that other missionaries had previously talked with or been referred to, we were at an apartment complex and we got in the elevator. Right before the doors closed, Elder Lete had the inspiration to hold the doors. Then a lady and her dog came and we got into a discussion on the ride down. She is Jehovah's Witness and agreed to have us over for a discussion. I know that the Lord works in mysterious ways but that they are very edifying and have great results.

On Wednesday night we had a great dinner by brother Kidwell. He made some fried zucchini and some fried green tomatoes with pork chops. It was delicious. We also helped him to feel the spirit again and he was able to be invited to General conference by a friend in a different apartment complex. He was super excited because it would be his first time going. We are excited for him as well.
We've developed a great first lesson format for our first Bible Study class this Wednesday. It involves the Because of Him video, explanations of the New Testament and the Books that are in it, and also why we need Christ in our lives. It will be great even if only a few people show up. But we are really excited to accomplish this suggestion for finding people who may be interested in the Restored Gospel.

General Conference was amazing!!!!!!!!!! I cannot explain everything about it, but it was great because it answered all of the questions I had and gave me great insight on how to help people who we are teaching and also confirmed many of the things we had been learning about earlier in our studies. So it was an amazing revelatory experience. If you missed any of the sessions, I would recommend going back and seeing them. They had a profound impact and it was a really great conference. It was amazing to see how much the conference discussed things I was most in need of improving. The Saturday sessions we watched at the Gregerson's home. And the Priesthood and Sunday sessions we watched at the church. I also really liked how they allowed speakers to speak in their native languages. It was very edifying and they were better able to get their messages across without stumbling. The prayers were also inspired and allowed the spirit to testify very strongly of the messages that were shared. It really was a significant conference.
My favorite talks were Elder Robins about where do we face, President Uchtdorf about taking personal responsibility and not blaming others by asking the question ,"Lord, is it I?" and Elder Jorg Klebingrat's on how to stop the adversary from chipping away at our testimonies and our confidence in doing what is right. I highly recommend watching all the sessions and applying the counsel into your lives. They are the prophets of the Lord. They testify of truth and the counsel they gave is very much needed. I have seen the effect when not followed. All the suggestions they gave are things that I have seen on my mission help others come closer to our Savior. Without ding those basic things, Prayer, Scripture study, Sacrament, Family Home Evening, etc. Things fall apart. I have seen the happiness of people improve as they took the suggestion to do better and follow the counsel of the Prophets and there is a significant change. Keep up the good work and remember that even though times are going good, they can always be going better. I love you all.

With love,
Elder Davis

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