For General Conference we went to watch it at the church and we had no way to get Donnie there. We showed up and no one even arrived to set up the projector. So we went to watch it in the family history center and the computer wouldn't load it. So we watched Saturday's conference on my iPad Yay! Sunday the projector was set up so we watched it in the chapel.. alone. I loved conference!! I just thought in the middle of it... Man... we are SO lucky to have a prophet on the earth. People are missing out!! The theme I got from conference was faith, love, and obedience. I'm taking my obedience one hour at a time. It's so much easier! I'm going to make some goals for myself because I haven't had some in a long time. I cannot wait till the conference ensign comes out!! I'm so ready to re-read all those talks!
Speaking of conference, they told us that we all need to study Preach my Gospel! Do you have one? If not, get one and study it. You will love it! Study it as a family and make a family mission plan. We are starting to get really involved with our members. That's the one true way to be successful as a missionary. We are setting dates with members to have a referral for us. The work is starting to slowly progress. The members call us with referrals! We got 2 from a couple on Thursday and we're having dinner with a non-member at a member's home on Thursday and Friday. I'm so excited! Get going.
This week was pretty slow otherwise. Just a lot of hunting for less actives. OH! Speaking of, we only got in contact with one. But this one man is amazing! He and his wife are in a nursing home. They are the chaplains for the Sunday services over there because no one else will do it. Brother Hamilton has been teaching our doctrine! He uses Preach My Gospel, the Book of Mormon, and we are going to get him a Gospel Principles book. He told us last night that he figured if he was going to be stuck in there, he had to do something! He had the biggest smile on his face! Could there be a better missionary out there? This couple is amazing! They love the Lord and they cannot get enough knowledge! Brother Hamilton said all he wants to do is study and learn more!! I love them so much! Soon they will move into an apartment and they will be able to start coming back to church!
Thank you for the suggestions for studying. I'm keeping a note of things I want to study. Lately in my study of the bible dictionary I've been learning about the Abrahamic Covenant. I LOVE IT!!! I have almost 3 pages of notes so far! I now understand what people mean when they say they were "born into the covenant" or "brought into the covenant" It was promised over and over to Abraham and to his descendants. Studying it also helped me know what the pictures mean in the Book of Abraham. I KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN! I feel so smart because of that! I read the stories that explain them and I know what they depict and I can see similar drawings of some things in other pictures. Ah! I can't get enough out of my studies each morning! There is 4 full pages in one of the Ensigns you sent me about the Abrahamic covenant. I've been using that and also True to the Faith.
I finished the Book of Mormon again on Saturday right before conference started. I restarted today. I read the title page and used the institute manual to help and I'm taking notes. I learned something cool! I read today that Joseph in Egypt was told of a branch of the house of Israel that would be broken off and go far away. In the title page it says it it a record of the Lamanites of the house of Israel... the broken branch that went far away! Connection! WOW!! Now I KNOW that the Book of Mormon and Bible totally work together to testify and confound confusion. I've been on fire this week with my studies! When I hear Sister Ferrin get on her knees to finish studies I just think "OH MAN!!! I'm not done!!" I LOVE THE GOSPEL AND I LOVE STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES!!!
Oh!! Dad is going to be so proud of me. (I feel the need to type a lot in caps today. It kind of gets across how excited I am) I TRIED FISH AND I LIKED IT!!! We were still at the church on Saturday when the priesthood leaders came to start their fish fry. They invited us to stay and eat with them. All of them were shocked when they found out I didn't like fish. Brother Elimon said "Everybody likes my fish. You have to try it" I got brave... and I did. I have a picture of me getting ready to eat it with 4 priesthood holders watching me all with their sunglasses on. I'll send it next week when I have my camera. I ate 3 pieces of blue gill, 1 piece of catfish, and 1 piece of flat-head catfish. It was honestly all the same to me but I liked it! Maybe frying it makes the difference.
Well, that's about all. It was a good spiritual week and also an adventurous week trying new things. Oh... I also got us stuck in a ditch on Thursday. We were turning around and Sister Ferrin said "am I going to make it?" Me... being all confident and also not wanting to get out in the rain to direct her to back up said "Oh yeah! You've got plenty of room!" She made the turn... and the tire went right in the center of the water/mud filled ditch and the tires spun.. She said "You're pushing!" Just then a guy came around the corner in his truck and hopped out. I pushed the gas and steered while they pushed the car out. It made me laugh for so long!!! I have pictures of that too that I'll send next week.
Oh I am just smiling right now. I had a lot of good laughs this week. Oh ok one last one. I took a video of the storm Thursday morning, and I was talking about the lightning and thunder and then a huge lightning happened and I got all excited for the thunder.... it shook the whole house and window and I dropped to the floor screaming!!! Haha and then the tornado siren went off... Oh man it was hilarious! You're going to love the video! Now you have to be patient till next week to get it.
Anyways... I love you! 7 month mark on Friday?.... NO . I refuse to accept it. I shall call it... my 1 month mark. Yes. That shall be good! Haha I love you.