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|Homecoming football game!|
This last weekend the local high school celebrated homecoming! One of the bishop's daughters was nominated as royalty and we went to support her and mingle with our neighbors and friends. We had our faces painted and I reminisced of my high school days. It was Sister Nelson's first football game! It was a lot of fun, and it was great to meet some more of the youth in the area.
Saturday we had the chance to go to the General Women's meeting in Salt Lake! It was such a wonderful experience. We took a lady that has recently been coming back to church and her mom and sister. We received wonderful counsel from the Relief Society presidency as well as from President Uchtdorf. Many of the talks centered on the importance and blessing of temples. There was a touching video shown of many different women and girls sharing their experiences with the temple. What a beautiful testimony that all over the world, people are able to experience the blessings of the temple. They can be sealed together with their families, to loved ones who have passed, and they recognize power and blessings in their lives as they make promises to God through sacred ordinances. President Uchtdorf gave an excellent analogy that we have been talking about ever since the conference. He said that often we think of blessings being locked up in a big box, and we have to do certain things in order for Heavenly Father to unlock one. But it is not so. He said that "Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us, but it is our fear, doubt, and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us". Blessings are constantly being poured out from heaven, but we must open up and allow them to rain upon us.
We are continuing to meet with the young man (our golden investigator). He became concerned last week that he was only doing this for his girlfriend. He wanted to make sure that he was doing it for the right reasons, and so he had decided to postpone his baptism. Our district leader (one of the elders who helps to lead a group of missionaries in an area of the mission) came with us to a lesson. Our investigator was there, along with his girlfriend. It was an incredible spiritual experience. He prayed then to know if the Book of Mormon is true, and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. As he prayed, the spirit overcame him. When he finished, he said "I feel incredible! I could hardly feel my body. I don't know how else to describe it, other than.... true". He received confirmation for himself that this is God's true church on the earth, and he now knows that he is making these changes because he knows, for himself, that these things are true. I am so grateful for the power of the Holy Ghost, to help us to navigate this life. His guidance has helped me countless times, and I am so privileged to see it help the people I meet every day.
I love this gospel. I love all of you! I hope you're smiling!