We had the last Zone Conference this week with President Harding. He will be leaving in two weeks and we will have a new Mission President. It was really really good! The main theme of the Zone Conference was keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. I'm not sure if you have all heard of it yet, and if you haven't you will, but the First Presidency and the Apostles had a meeting this past April and have decided that something we need to do as a world is Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. We watched a video that had a portion of each Apostle talking about the importance of this. It is amazing.
So we as missionaries are using this great opportunity to really testify of our living day Prophet and to invite others to come to church. 2 cool experiences:
Christian. He was baptized about 15-20 years ago in Mexico when he was only a teenager. Shortly afterward his family moved to the United States and he hadn't been to the church since. Right now he is living in the same house as one of our recent converts Ricardo who is his cousin. We've talked to him a couple times and he is really nice, but he never seemed interested in coming back to church. On Friday we were looking for Ricardo and Christian was the only one home. We pulled up some chairs and talked with him about when he was baptized and a little bit of his history. The conversation slowly turned to church and we asked him if he wanted to come. He said Ricardo had invited him many times and he wanted to go but something always came up. So we shared with him the fact that the Prophet and Apostles had received specific revelation for the entire world that we need to do a better job at keeping the Sabbath day holy. Of course this is a short version of the conversation but the spirit was very strong. I felt it and I knew exactly what to say and how to say it. I could literally see in his reactions that the spirit was testifying to him that he needed to come to church. Yesterday he came to church for the first time in a very long time. Hopefully he never misses another week.
Branch President. He brought a couple people to church but we never saw him. Sacrament is the last hour and at the beginning of the meeting he wasn't there. His wife didn't even know where he was. So we quickly drove to his house which is about 2 min away and found him there lying on the couch. He wasn't feeling very well and had a bad migraine. So we gave him a blessing by the power of the priesthood and told him we had to hurry and get to church so that he could partake of the sacrament. We made it just in time. He stayed the rest of the meeting and a correlation meeting afterward. As well he went to a stake priesthood meeting later that night.
Partaking of the Sacrament is very important. It's great to be a missionary right now and to be able to testify and proclaim that to everyone.
I love you all! Have a great week :)
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