Ya'll remember G-Con last spring, the Seventy that gave the talk "What Are You Thinking?" He came and spoke at our Zone Conference. I think he's related to our mission president somehow, because they go way back and he's spoken to our mission before, but I wasn't there for the last one. So I was stoked I got to hear him this time.He taught us how to simplify and intensify our teaching. You state the principle, share an experience, back it up with doctrine out of the scriptures, and testify. Bam. Done. He had us practice, then called a companionship from each zone to come up and demonstrate. Guess who got chosen - (points to self) - mmhm. In front of four zones and a member of the Seventy. My heart was pounding out my chest, but I felt the Spirit really strong as I testified of a simple truth - that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. Elder Zwick gave us feedback, and showed us where he wrote mine and Sister Schulthies names in his Preach My Gospel, right next to the principle. I'm in a Seventy's personal PMG. Page 105. Hollaaaaa.
Speaking of addictions, we taught the stop smoking program to K-dog, a member's son who she's been trying to get off cigarettes and into the church for years and years and years. We're all super excited because we're pretty sure it's finally his time. He's been asking the member he works for questions about the gospel and he's thinking he wants to be baptized. I hope he does, because he's one of my new favorite people and I want us to be friends for eternity. I don't think I've ever laughed as much in a lesson as we did in our stop smoking workshop with K-dog.
Oh hey, last week I failed to mention the baptism the elders in our ward had last week. A woman in her 80's had slowly and steadily - and readily - accepted the gospel after her LDS caretaker had invited her to meet with the missionaries. She doesn't hear too well, and had to plug in her headphone and amplifier when I played and sang for the service - I Stand All Amazed. And she's paralyzed from the waist down, so it took five men to get her from her wheelchair into the font. A brother from the ward baptized her, and all four of our elders stood in a circle around her to catch as she went down into the water and lift her smoothly back to her feet. It was flawless and beautiful. The Spirit was so strong and one of my favorite verses came to mind: "I will be on your right hand and on your left.... and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." Missionary work - the errand of angels.
19 Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy...
22 Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free. [D&C 128]
I love ya'll. I pray for ya'll. I thank the Lord for the blessing of being born into such a time as this.