Well, it has been a week of learning that is for sure. Elder Richards of the Second Quorum of the Seventy came to visit the mission. It was an amazing experience. On Tuesday night we were invited to a meeting where he spoke to bishops, ward mission leaders, ward missionaries. He opened it up to a question and answer session and he was able to answer some questions. They were good questions, things I think a lot of people wanted answers to. The best part was how simple his answers were. Just right to the point. It was good. Then the next morning we went to a leadership meeting with him. He had all the District and Zone leaders with him from the zones that were meeting him that day. He taught us about the 3 main things leaders must understand. They were, Teach simple truths, Invite, and Minister. It was good to see it broken up in such a way and how the spirit helps make it better for us to understand. We then went to the big meeting just following that. He talked about a lot of things and I loved every minute of it. He talked about how as missionaries we need to be like young lions referring to 3 Nephi 27:12; 20-29. He talked about how we need to have humble boldness when we do our work. He then talked about how we can elevate our faith in our Savior and how to align our vision with His. He talked about how we need to have faith in the Holy Ghost and to let it do its job. He said that when he was serving as a mission president he would see missionaries try and teach people with analogies, gimmicks, and examples to try and help people to understand. He told us that when we do that we are cheating ourselves of teaching by the spirit and letting the spirit do its job of truly teaching everyone to their understanding. He told us that as much as we try, we will never be as successful at helping people understand as the spirit will. Because as the scriptures teach us the spirit brings all things to our understanding, not the missionaries. So he said in order to do that we need to first have the Holy Ghost in our lives. The way that we do that is through sanctification. He talked about how acting in faith leads to happiness and true happiness. We need to help people act in faith to obey the commandments and they will find the happiness they are looking for. His wife then spoke with us on how we truly sanctify ourselves. It was very enlightening for me. I always look for ways of how we can do that. They then taught us about the 4 things everyone must understand to be truly converted. It’s Jesus Christ and the Atonement, God speaks (Joseph Smith), The Book of Mormon is true, and the priesthood authority is on the earth. Once we understand those things, everything else comes off of that. It was awesome to see it laid out the way that it was. He then taught us about how we need to just teach simply and have the faith that the Spirit will do its job. Simple true statements. Teaching by the spirit. It was awesome. We then had lunch and after that we had a mission leadership council meeting with Elder and Sister Richards as well as President and Sister Wear. They taught us more about leadership and how we can apply and be examples to the people we serve in applying the teaching we have received today. By the time we were done I felt like I needed to sit and digest all that we had been taught. It was an awesome learning experience, one that I will never forget. Elder Heldt and I were both trying to get our teaching to be the way the Lord wants us to teach.
It sounds like you are going to have an awesome vacation in Utah. I am glad to see all is well at home. I bet its nice to have Dad home from church more often.
We are trying really hard to find more people to teach. We are really tying to help the members with their missionary efforts. A lot of members only really have member friends in this area. Apparently only 18 present of member’s friends are not members of the church. So go and make some friends and help then receive the restored gospel.
So Elder Heldt and I made a decision. So all of the new 18 year old missionaries are either: A the best missionaries ever and do all they can to help others or B they are the most squirrely missionaries we have ever seen. There seems to be no middle ground really ha. But over all we are impressed with the 18 year old missionaries. They are doing a fine job finding, teaching and baptizing. They are trying the best they can and are not letting a minute pass them by. We are just trying to take all the excess energy they have and put it to the most productive things. It’s quite an interesting task to say the least. Elder Heldt and I are ramping up for Thanksgiving. It will be a normal day, yet we have a feeling we will be getting a lot of food anywhere we go. Let’s hope we survive.
Well, I don’t know much else to talk about ….