Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Church Is True 4-4-16

Well, the end of the transfer has come.  Oh, wait, not yet.  This transfer is 7 weeks instead of 6 because of the change at the MTC.  So this is going to be our last week before transfers and then we find out Saturday what will be happening. This last week has been full of ups and downs, but at least ended on one of the greatest moments with General Conference.  I will talk more about that later.  Not too much happened though throughout the week that is worth noting except for a few things.  My Ponderize scripture this week was John 15: 16, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."  This scripture can apply to prophets, apostles, missionaries, and other church leaders, but I think this can apply to each of us individually as well.  As we have come to know Jesus Christ as our Savior, brother, Redeemer, and friend, we feel the love and see the blessings that come from this knowledge.  So what do we do now that we know this?  Share it of course.  Christ wants each of us to share it with others and not keep it hidden.  "Let your light so shine..."  He has asked us not to hide what we know or our good works.  He has asked us to help and serve others.  It is hard sometimes to stand up, get out from underneath the blanket of fear, and show forth the light of Christ which is in all of us.  There are many people out there in the world who's light has dwindled and it is our responsibility to help them fuel that flame again until it is a roaring fire that cannot be put out.

Monday we played some sports with the Spingfield Elders.  Then we had a lesson with Roger which went well and we set up his baptismal interview for Thursday.  That didn't happen because his wife, who he is separated from at the moment, went into the hospital for something and it isn't going well at the moment.  So he is out of town helping her for a while.  We are praying that she gets better soon and he can get back in time to make his baptismal date and not miss it for the second time.

Tuesday we did service at the Worthington's.  Later, as we were walking to where we wanted to tract, we met a lady as we passed by her house.  She had met the missionaries in the past and we talked with her for a bit.  She started crying during our conversation and she agreed to meet with us.  So that was the reason I think we were supposed to head that way because no one else was interested on the street we knocked doors.

Wednesday we tracted pretty much the whole day.  Later we went to dinner with the other Elders and had a fun time there.  Then we went on exchanges and Elder Ihler came to White House with me.  If only Mortensen were there, then it would be back to the old “trio” days.

Thursday nothing happened.  It dumped on us later and there was some awesome lightning though.  I also got a haircut from a member before our dinner with them.

Friday nothing really happened.

Saturday General Conference started and there were so many great talks given.  We were at the church all day except for in the evening when we had dinner with a family and then watched the last session with them.  I noticed that a lot of the talks were focused on families.

Sunday we finished up a great Conference.  My favorite talk was the last talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.  Throughout his talk, I felt the Spirit so much stronger and I even felt like I might start tearing up.  You could just feel the love he, the other apostles, and the prophet had for each of us.  I am so grateful to be a part of this church.  I am grateful that I was able to watch General Conference and hear the words of council they had for us.  I plan to go back through each talk and write down the main principle, the invitations given throughout the talk, and then the blessings that will come as we act upon those invitations.  I know that by doing this, we can truly strengthen our faith and build our testimonies.  I know this church is true.  I know we are led by a modern prophet named Thomas S. Monson and by the other 12 Apostles.  They truly are God's servants.  I know these things to be true and say them in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Ellison

This was outside a church - Had to get a photo
Dinner at Ward Mission Leaders Home


Gotta love the free haircuts

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