This has been a great week. Conference left me with a feeling of hope and gratitude for the future of this area where we are called to serve. The Lord is truly preparing the hearts of His children here. I am very excited to hear about the new temple! It is an awesome opportunity to plant seeds in the hearts of those who will one day have the blessings of that new temple in Pocatello. I can’t wait to find some of these people who are waiting for the chance to hear the truth.
We had a very successful week. We had two of our investigators watch conference. They both really enjoyed it. There is certainly opposition at work. Last night, as we were reviewing what the Flores family learned from conference, we were about to talk about baptism. All of a sudden their dogs broke loose. We spent the next hour chasing them around down town Blackfoot. I finally caught up to the last one still loose, caught her, and carried her the mile back to the house. By the time we got back, it was past 9. We were going to teach a short lesson, and commit them to another appointment. As we started teaching again, her sister came in with her son. They just got from the hospital. She requested a blessing for her son. Then we had to explain what the blessing was to the non-members present, what it signified, and how it works etc. It was a very spiritual experience. We blessed the baby with a complete recovery. By the time we finished the blessing and that side lesson on blessings, it was past 9:30 pm. Then he brought up baptism on his own. When we left them, they committed to read from the Book of Mormon and we set up a return appointment. What a night!
I had another experience with the gift of tongues as well! We were teaching, and the vocabulary was given me to explain symbolism of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in Gethsemane, and how it applied to the Ayala family. We knew it was heaven-sent because of the Spirit that was with us. They both began to cry, and they just keep getting closer and closer to entering into the waters of baptism.
From conference, I really appreciated the talk given by Robert D. Hales on the Christ like attributes found in 2 Peter chapter 1. It was very profound, the way that he described of acquiring them. Also, I learned a lot from Elder Grow’s talk on coming to know Our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They were probably my favorite talks of the conference.
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