Monday, April 21, 2014

Conference is Coming!

E-mail from March 31, 2014

Hello hello!
So this week was interesting and not as crazy as previous weeks, although still busy busy!
On Monday we had a family night with a less-active family. We were able to watch 17 Miracles with them and talk a little bit about exercising faith. Their younger kids did pretty good considering the movie lasted 1.5 hours.
We focused a lot on working with less-actives and recent converts this week and that is where over half of our lessons came from. Cheyenne's younger brother is hopefully going to be getting baptized soon. Technically he's not an investigator since he's 8, but as we've been reviewing with Cheyenne we've been teaching him too and he knows that the church is true! It's so cool to talk to him. When the elders in Brazil taught him the Restoration they committed him to pray and ask if Joseph Smith was a prophet. The next morning he woke up and he said that he got his answer. It was just there in his mind and it said, "Yes!".

Well, we taught the Plan of Salvation to him and asked him to pray about that too. We saw him the next day and asked how thing were going. He said he didn't have his answer yet, but that he wasn't giving up. Apparently the morning after that he got his answer, but it wasn't in the same way as before (according to him). He said that it wasn't a yes, but it was, "It's true." This kid is golden! I can already see him as a missionary- straight and to the point. He's the best!
Wednesday since we didn't go to transfers we helped a brother work on his house which he's trying to get ready to rent. We spent about 5 hours there and we got a lot done! The most exciting (and terrifying) part about those service hours was when he and two of our elders carried a 400 lbs solid metal desk up from the basement on a rickety wooden staircase and to the front yard. Now this brother we've been helping is 68 and not in the best health. Needless to say, I said about 20 prayers that he wouldn't have a heart attack and that our elders wouldn't die haha! Finally they got it outside and no one was damaged.
Saturday evening was delightful. For those that didn't watch the General Women's Conference, go watch it! I've never seen anything quite like it. I can't wait for conference this Saturday and Sunday!

Some tips from a missionary to get more out of the conference talks:
1) Ask a question. Pray about it and write it down.
2) Take notes on what the Spirit teaches you, not necessarily on what the speakers say.
3) Remember that what the prophet and twelve say is doctrine- take it seriously.
4) Review your notes and see how it applies to your life and more specifically to the question you asked.
5) Share Conference! Incite friends over, post about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is an opportunity to spread the gospel- use it!

Love you!
Be excellent to each other!

Sister Ruth

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