I got a surprise this weekend — I actually went with some other missionaries to the Saturday Afternoon session of General Conference (Apparently I didn’t check the entire list of missionaries going to Conference earlier and thought I wasn’t going. I checked it later, and, yes, my name was on there). The spirit is so powerful in the Conference Center. (It reminded me so much of the BYU-Idaho Center in BYU-Idaho, especially when I saw President Clark sitting up front on the stand as well as a new member of the 1st Quorum of the 70.
Being in a live session of conference is so different in person. And I was SO excited when the two members of the 70 spoke in Spanish — their talks were AMAZING! I love how the speakers can now speak in their native language and express all the feelings in their heart. (And it was interesting to listen to him speak and understand what he was saying.) I am so excited to go back and listen to their talks again. I also love how General Conference answers the questions of the soul. Now I’m going to listen to the talks again and pray about which family could use which talk and how we can help them receive hope and joy through the words of the modern prophets.
With the Payson Temple Open House, we had some training a few weeks ago and they gave us homework to do throughout the month. During our companionship studies, we are doing role plays with questions that people might ask us. Could you help us out? What kinds of questions can you think of that people might ask us? All of the sisters will be involved in the Open House, and they will drive down on the days they are assigned. I’m so excited!
We had exchanges this week. I always look forward to exchanges and they always come at the best times. Sunday’s, General Conference, meetings with leaders, etc. — they are all at the perfect time, and I take my questions in mind and the spirit answers them while we’re there. And based on what I learned and what I talked about with my Sister Training Leaders, these are my goals for the week: 1) De-stress. Do those things that make me happy, like singing along to primary songs, reading the Book of Mormon and my patriarchal blessing, playing the piano, exercising, etc. Plan little breaks throughout the day. Take a nap during lunch. Letting stress take over makes it harder for me to feel and recognize the spirit speaking to me. 2) Service. That’s how Christ spent His whole life and continues to do it — Serve.
This week we’ve seen so many miracles and the hand of the Lord guiding us to where we needed to be. During the Saturday morning session of General Conference, one talk really stood out to me and made me think of one of the young men we are working with. And right after, we felt strongly impressed to go visit him. We walked up the hill, prayed, knocked on his door, and he was there! And he told us that he was so excited for General Conference. He also told us thank you for all that we do — that we are his motivation to keep searching, to keep reading the Book of Mormon, and to keep praying. (I almost cried!)
Later that night, we were contacting people and leaving notes for families, and it came to the point where we referred to our plans and asked — okay, where does the Lord need us right now? Where is he preparing people? And then we felt like something was missing — there was still something for us to do. And then a name came into our minds, and we decided to visit them before heading out and walking to another area. And they were home. They were actually home. And we got to talk with them, get to know them, and they were interested in eternal families and the temple! And last night, we again were praying, asking the Lord to guide us to where we needed to go. We felt like we needed to visit a few families. So we went, but none of them were home, so we write notes for them, and as we were heading out, we met a young father who wants to come back into activity. And later on we were a little undecided. We both felt like we shouldn’t visit one family but we couldn’t decide between two other names to visit. And as we were there, a family walked up and we were able to talk with them, and after that we both felt in unity with whom to visit. And when we went to visit them, they again weren’t home, but we saw another family moving stuff into the car so we offered to help them and they really appreciated it.
I’m starting to learn the importance and significance of what Preach My Gospel talks about in that paragraph in chapter 8 about how we will do many things that aren’t described in the key indicators but influence the key indicators (D&C 58:26-28). The Lord works in marvelous ways. His ways get us out of our comfort zone, but He knows what we are capable of with the third companion (the spirit) by our side.