Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What I learned from Conference- April 7th

 This last week was great. We finally picked up a solid new investigator, set a baptismal date, and watched conference. You can't really get better than that in one week. We have been very blessed over the last week.
So last I told you of the crazy miracle we had on Sunday. Another person show up at church. It is the 3rd time this year it has happened. It is pretty incredible how new investigators have just showed up to church, right when we need them. His name is S, he is Armenian. Brother B a ward missionary invited him to come to church after meeting him at Denny's. He is awesome. We got the chance to meet with him a few times this week. We had our first lesson with him on Wednesday when we taught him the Restoration and invited him to be baptized. He accepted and will be preparing himself to be baptized on April 27. We then taught him again on Friday the first part of the Plan of Salvation, he loved every second of it. At the end of the lesson we invited him to watch the Sunday morning session of conference with us at the Stake Center. He asked us if it was a coincidence that they were speaking right as he started to investigate the church. Before we could answer his question. He responded, "I think not." He was so excited to hear from the prophet. On Sunday he watched the first session with us. He thought it was amazing and very inspiring. He stuck around and ate lunch with us at the Stake Center that some members had provided. As we ate we taught him the last half of the Plan of Salvation. S decided to stay and watch the afternoon session with us as well. He only made it through about the first hour when he had to leave. It was probably a little to much for him. It takes a lot of patience and conditioning to be able to watch conference. However it was incredible that he has wanted to learn so much and to participate as much as he can. He is going to be heading of vacation to Mexico City to see his brother this next week, but says he will do everything in his power to make it to church on Sunday. He is incredible.
General Conference was amazing. I have truly gained a testimony, and appreciation for it. I love to learn and be inspired by our modern day Prophet and Apostles. I have learned so much over the last weekend. I learned so much that it would be impossible to write it all down however, I wanted to share in a brief summary what I have learned from this last Conference.I have taken bits and pieces from talks that have stood out to me and put them together.
I have come to know, that we learned and trained in the premortal life, to deal with the opposition that comes in proportion to the spread and strength of the Gospel. We now need to develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to replace our fears that we have. We learn that we can not fear man more than God. We gain our knowledge of Eternal value through prayer, pondering, and scripture study. Obedience becomes an emblem of our faith. As we gratefully, Rely and pull together with our Master, we are able to stand up courageously for what we believe in. We become Heroes to those around us, as we share the message of the Restoration with others and lift each others burdens. Ensuring that we don't sleep through the Restoration. We fulfill our duties and keep our covenants. Knowing that we are a "choice" generation. We choose to have technology empower us and not enslave us. When using technology we use the best filter, our personal testimony, to stay away from the filth of the world. We make the choice to allow the Atonement and Gospel of Jesus Christ to change us permanently. Our desires become God's desires. What we desire will become what we are, and what you receive in the eternities. We seek to lay up treasures in heaven, rather than the things of the world. We do all we can in our power to find truth. As we do, we learn that Jesus Christ was not mearly a carpenters son, but the Savior and Redeemer of the World. We better understand the priesthood, or the power and authority to act in his name. When we pray we prepare to talk with Heavenly Father. We act as he would have done and don't wait for a second chance to be kind. We research our family history, and learn about our ancestors conversion stories. We study Preach My Gospel to better understand Heavenly Fathers Plan for us. Ultimately we become True to the Faith.
Love Elder Paget

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