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Conference Week is an Awesome Week!

October 3, 2016

Hello, all!  It's been getting nicer here, especially in the mornings...and by nicer I mean it's not sweltering hot :P  But it's still pretty warm.

The Zone Activity day on Monday was really fun!  We played games and hung out and ate pizza and treats.  President and Sister Cooper showed up!  We had a district meeting that night and a short testimony meeting.  The missionaries in my zone are both hilarious and spiritually strong.

On Wednesday we had an exchange, so I was with Sister Swanson for the day.  I learned a lot from her, but it was stressful being the one who knew the area and having to make more of the decisions.

Friday was an AWESOME day!  We taught the Marshalls and their 6-year-old granddaughter Abby had a lot of great questions.  She is super cute. :)  Then, after dinner, we met a super nice woman named Dani who had met with the elders before.  She is happy with her current church, but told us she is going through a hard decision and asked us to pray for clarity.  Sister Minson shared an experience of how she recently made a difficult decision on when to go back to college after her mission.  It really helped Dani feel the confirmation of her choice.  We invited her to watch General Conference because we know it helps answer questions and is a great way to receive revelation through the Spirit.  She knows a member of our church who lives down the street, Sister Ward, and said she would text her for more information on it.  The Wards actually drove by while we were talking!  Dani flagged them down and we talked for awhile.  We also talked to another of our potential investigators, and then to Sister Ward again who gave us a referral and wants to have one of her neighbors over for dinner with us.  What a night!

Saturday was General Conference!  For those who don't know, it is a televised broadcast of the leaders of our church speaking, including the Prophet and Twelve Apostles.  It happens twice a year.  There are two sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday.  For the first session on Saturday, we watched it at the church with some other missionaries.  Then we went to the Osbornes for the second session, and because President Cooper gave special permission for conference weekend, we ate dinner with them!  Mana was applying for colleges so we talked a lot with her about BYU-Idaho, which is one of her choices.  On Sunday morning, we went to the Cooks and watched it with them and Reese.  We had a great discussion about missionary work afterwards and they have a bunch of friends that they are going to invite to the Trunk or Treat that is in a few weeks.  For the afternoon session, we went to the Sampsons who had 6 little kittens!  They provided a delicious meal as well.  

I liked so many of the talks from conference, I don't even know which ones to share!  But I guess my absolute favorites were from Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, Neil L. Anderson, J. Devn Cornish, Juan A. Uceda, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  President Nelson said, "Happiness has little to do with the circumstances in our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives."  I know this is true.  I have seen people who have suffered so much get through those treacherous times through reliance and trust in Jesus Christ.  I have leaned on Him to get through hard times of my own.  He suffered all, and because of that, we don't have to.  We can give it all to Him and receive strength from His Atonement.  That is what brings the greatest happiness.

I hope you will all read and review the talks from conference, as I know the words come from God.  Also, heed Elder Oaks' counsel that "member participation in missionary work is vital for conversion and retention."  Who wouldn't want to share the glorious gospel with those who have not yet had the opportunity to hear it?  It's not all on the missionaries :)

Love y'alls!  Hope you have a great week :)
Sister Porter
Fwd: Zone Activity Day and other silly pics :)

1. Awesome zone!
2. Sister Minson and I with Sister Gucake and Sister Chavez!  They are so awesome :)
3. Double bag of fruit snacks!
4. Pretty swamp


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