My sweet planner. In honor of Dad.
We just had to record this momentous occasion. I think that's the brightest thing Sister Smalley has ever worn. She only brought black skirts with her. My goal before we're done being companions is to have her get a colorful skirt.
Hope you're all doing well. General Conference was amazing, wasn't it?! So, so good. I'm excited for when the Ensign edition of conference comes out so I can reread them. Enjoy watching them online again. Just slightly jealous that you get to and I can't. So be grateful for that and watch them often! And study them! Their words and messages really do come from God and they're exactly what we need at this time.
I really thought all the talks were amazing. But some of my favorites... or some that stand out in my mind right now: Elder Oaks--so good! He was so bold. I loved it. It is important that we make God our first priority. He was also just so bold to the world about what we believe and how it's not going to change because it's God's laws and ways and God is the same. I was just so impressed by him. I'm sure he will receive grief because of his talk from nonmembers and even members, but he's not ashamed of the gospel and not ashamed to be on the Lord's side. I just thought it was so good!
Also the sister from the Young Women presidency. She gave such a good talk. I love how she told us we have to exercise the gospel principle before we gain a testimony of it. I thought that was so good. And so true. I see it with some of our investigators. They need to try it out first so they can gain a testimony of it.
Elder S. Gifford Nielson--I loved his talk! I think some of the people at the chapel thought it was a little weird or didn't like it very much or something, but I loved it. He was just so excited and animated. I loved all his "exclamation marks!" And his focus on ward members and missionaries working together. Ah, I just loved it!
Elder Christofferson's was amazing. And President Monson's. And Elder Dube. I could just keep going on and on. It was so incredible. My heart just feels so full of love. Love of the gospel, of the Savior, of my Heavenly Father, of these incredible men and women who serve us, of our Prophet--President Thomas S. Monson. I just feel so energized and ready to go do work. There's no doubt in my mind that this gospel is true and that this is the Lord's church. I love it with all of my heart and feel so blessed to be serving a mission at this time.One year ago the mission age was lowered. And I am SO grateful for it. I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be. The Lord is aware of me and the people I'm serving and I've been blessed enough to get to serve here in this area in the Samoan ward right now and help people to come closer to Jesus Christ and apply the healing power of the Atonement. I don't think there is anything better in life. Being a missionary has been the greatest blessing ever and I know I say this all the time and I think I've used the word love already in this letter alone about 100 times, but I just LOVE being a missionary so much! My testimony is strengthened each day and I just want to be better. A better person and a better missionary so that I can help as many of God's children as possible come closer to him.
Well, all is well. It has been a lovely week and this next week coming will be great as well. Hope you're all doing well. Remember to always do things that will strengthen your testimony. Ultimately that is the most important thing! Love you all so much. You're in my prayers. Make good decisions. Choose the right. The church is true!