This past week I was able to go on exchanges, zone conference, and stake conference all in one week! Exchanges went well, I was able to stay in Valdosta and Sister C, my MTC companion, is my Sister Training Leader and she came down to Valdosta. It was amazing to see how much she has changed and grown just in the months we’ve been out! While I was on exchanges with Sister C, we were able to witness many miracles.
At zone conference we focused on exact obedience and the blessings that come. I’ve seen how, when I followed the commandments, I’ve had more freedom and liberty. By following the commandments and the guidelines Heavenly Father has set up, we are able to have positive consequences rather then consequences which limit our ability to make other decisions. In an extreme example, if you use your agency to choose to rob a store, the consequence is that you will be put into jail, where your ability to make decisions is limited. The laws of God are similar. You are free to make your own choices and decisions, but you cannot choose the consequences.
Usually missionaries don’t go to the Saturday night session of Stake Conference, but this time Salt Lake asked us to attend as the topic was Hastening the Work of Salvation. It was an amazing session and there were many inspired talks. The Sunday morning session was a Stake Conference broadcast from Orlando to 42 stakes in the southeast. Elder Russell M Nelson spoke about the doctrine of Christ and comparing the doctrine of Christ to a diamond and with nine facets, representing nine of the main points within the doctrine of Christ, including the Godhead, the Plan of Salvation, Keeping the Commandments, and more.
This week we were able to teach a lovely woman, N. She was a referral from the Elders and asked if we could come back to talk to her more. When we came she expressed her feelings that that we were sent from God to help her come closer to Christ to help her overcome her trials and help her find true and everlasting happiness. The entire lesson her three year old son, T, was sitting between Sister Szilagyi and I, quietly humming to himself and playing with the buttons on my coat. He was adorable.
Quote of the week: “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead–a lot of it…You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”
-Elder Holland, October 1999 General Conference
I love you all!