Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice

This week was awesome! We had the privilege to listen to our living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, as well as the apostles and other general authorities of the church during General Conference. Before now, conference was always an uplifting weekend where I heard a lot of good messages. But now, conference is a whole different experience! We have a cool visual when we teach people about prophets. Your hand is the earth, and my hand is God. You follow my hand where it moves with yours. But wait, we can't see God! So you shut your eyes. This time, it's much harder to follow my hand! Then we bring in a pen, which represents a prophet. With each of us holding on to one end of the pen, and your eyes shut, you are now able to follow my hand. This shows us how much we need prophets on the earth today! They speak with God, and are his voice on the earth. We need that connection to God to guide and direct our church. With this understanding, I listened to every speaker as if it was God speaking through them, which it is! Everything was so powerful. They spoke of so much truth, and taught how we can better live our lives to be closer to our Heavenly Father.

Here are a few things that I learned (click on the names to watch their talk!)

Jeffrey R. Holland
There is a difference between forgiving sin and condoning it! We need to stand up for our beliefs! Act with love and kindness.

Henry B. Eyring
Put the covenants you have made with God in the center of your life. It is not one big choice, but many small choices that will change our lives.

Russell M. Nelson
Faith is the antidote of fear! We must have faith in Jesus Christ, for He is the only one in whom our faith is always safe.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Be grateful! Gratitude should be your disposition, a way of life. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes.

David A. Bednar
Our burdens are made light not because the Lord takes them away, but because He helps strengthen us. We must become agents that act, rather than objects that are acted upon.

President Thomas S. Monson
Love is the essence of the gospel. We are given opportunities to love every day! Blame keeps wounds open- only forgiveness heals.

Sister Bartnik and I at Conference in Salt Lake!

We had the opportunity to attend one of the sessions of conference with an investigator and his wife who is a member. It was such a wonderful experience! It is amazing how the Holy Ghost touches our hearts and testifies that things are true. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this miraculous change in so many people's lives!

The Christus at the visitor's center

We had family home evening at our mission president's home last night. We played a fun game and then we had an awesome lesson. We chose one Elder to represent all of us. They passed out cupcakes, but for each person, he had to do five push-ups. Even if someone didn't want a cupcake, he still did five push-ups for them. All of this represented the Savior's atonement. He suffered, bled, and died for every one of us. He took upon himself all of our pains, struggles, afflictions, sins, and sadness. It wasn't a blanket thing, He did it for each of us individually, and He did it for us, whether we accept His sacrifice or not. It was such a powerful visual, especially seeing the Elder struggle after 75 push-ups. I am so grateful for the love that Jesus Christ has for me, that He cares enough for me to suffer and die for me. It makes me want to serve Him even more!

I love all of you so much, and I'm so grateful for your love and support! Also, if there is anything specific you want to know, or questions you have, please email me!


Sister Boman

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