Friday, October 16, 2015

General Conference

October 5, 2015

Hi Mom and Family,

Our week was busy! We were able to have members out with us almost every day, we set 2 new baptismal dates (our goal was 10, but we weren't able to contact a few of the people behind that goal), we had zone conference and general conference, and have a new investigator with zero religious background. Crazy!

Us with a recent convert, Brandi from the Young Single Adult Ward and she is awesome!!!

On Saturday evening we were scheduled to eat dinner with a family from the Torrance ward, while their dad was at priesthood meeting. We were about to call and confirm/set a time, and we got a text from the mom that confirmed us coming, asked what time, told us her daughter wanted to give her friend a Book of Mormon and asked if we had an extra one she could have. It was so neat!! And that little girl is only 7 years old! I think the most I did at that age was invite a few of my friends to church. They are such an awesome family. Just a week or two earlier, their dad gave us a referral too. It was neat. 

Zone conference was really good. We talked a lot about charity and motives. We set goals for how we can gain more charity, and it has been good this week to have more of an emphasis and reflection on charity. I have been working on remembering my goals and have been trying to work on those. It is really hard sometimes. I included in my goals not commenting on other people's driving, and that one is a particular challenge, what with California drivers and all. This morning I also went through my notes from conference and plugged all of the answers to my questions into the blank spaces I left specifically for that purpose. It was good to take the time to ponder the words given to us this weekend when they were still fresh in my mind. I am so thankful that we are able to receive guidance and direction for ourselves and others as missionaries. It is such a blessing to us and for me.

                                                                 Torrance - Palos Verdes Zone

We have been working really hard to be exactly obedient and do everything we need/are asked to do. I feel that finally we are starting to see the "blossoms" of our labors - not the fruit quite yet, but the start of it at least. This week I have been dog tired by the end of the day, and then it lingers on to the next day, and the next and so on. I have been really trying to involve Heavenly Father in these struggles, but sometimes feel that it doesn't help much. I know that He helps me keep going every day, but man it sure is tough sometimes. It makes me feel like a wimp when I think about all that the pioneers suffered and endured, compared to the things that I am asked to do. They are hard, but in today's world, nothing like what they did to establish the gospel. How thankful I am that I live in such a blessed time to have the gospel and so much to help make our lives a little easier. I am also thankful for the guidelines established for us as missionaries in using this technology wisely. Heavenly Father is so smart and so loving to provide us these tools.

My box of sunshine from my Aunt Elaine :) (NOT my best picture, but I needed the box :P)

GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so good to sustain the new general authorities and hear the inspired words from Heavenly Father through our wonderful leaders. I didn't have a particular favorite talk, but I think that what stood out for me is that the gospel is simple. If we go to church, read and study the scriptures, pray attend the temple, etc., we will be okay. It was so good to hear also that this church is led by a living prophet who holds all of the priesthood keys necessary to carry forth the work of the Lord and church. It seemed like that was something that people mentioned a little more than usual this week.

I am so thankful for my testimony of this gospel and the things that we testify to people are true. I don't want to think about where I would be without it! It is so neat that Heavenly Father inspires our leaders to say just the right things to all of us as the church, and then uses the Spirit to personalize it for us individually. (If I remember correctly, that was mentioned in a talk this weekend too).

I think that's about all for the week. I love you all and hope you are enjoying fall break!

Sister Lauren Hatch :)

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