Sunday, January 3, 2010

October 5th 2009

Dear Family,

It is again the end of another transfer! Each 6 week period goes by faster and faster. We found out that my companion will be going to Maui and I will be staying here in Hawaii Kai and getting a new companion. We're 99% sure that my new companion will be Sister Orgil from Mongolia, so it'll be a fun experience. My only worry is that I'll get too comfortable staying in one area for such a long time. It's so easy to to get lazy and too laid back. We're also having a hard time finding new investigators and are losing a lot of the people we're teaching, so it's frustrating. I'll just have to work harder and put my trust in the Lord.

Anyway, wasn't conference FANTASTIC?! I absolutely loved Elder Holland's talk. I'd love to watch it over and over and over again. I love hearing him talk because he speaks with so much conviction. He's not afraid to chastise people, but he does it with love. I was reminded of when he spoke at the MTC. He was doing a lot of yelling, but it was so powerful that it made everyone want to be the best missionary possible. I also liked Tad R. Callerton and H. David Burton's talks. And President Eyring is always a favorite as well. They did a delayed broadcast on the public broadcast channels, so we could watch conference at 10 and 2. But we watched the Saturday morning session live at 6am at a member's home. It felt so good to be watching it live, to be seeing the exact same thing at the exact same time that my family was seeing. I'm jealous of everyone that gets to attend priesthood meeting. Those are my favorite talks to read when we get the conference Ensign. I hope my brothers realize how blessed they are to be able to use the Priesthood Authority of God and have constant guidance on how to use it worthily.

I never was this excited to watch conference before! Can you believe we have a living prophet and apostles who receive revelation from GOD?! Do you realize how amazing that is? Do you realize how lucky we are to have this gospel, to KNOW it's true, and not have to go around searching for it. I often wonder what my life would be like if I wasn't born into a family that had the restored gospel. Would I recognize that something was missing? Would I search for the truth? Would I accept the truth if it was presented to me? I have no idea. But it makes me even more grateful to know that I didn't have to have this truth, but I DO. And I didn't even have to work for it. That's part of the reason I'm serving a mission. It's the only thing I can think to do to show my gratitude for this gospel in my life and my family's life.

Well, I better go, but I love you all so much and miss you tons. Don't forget me!!!


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