General Conference was just the greatest. I love the reminders and wisdom and understanding we are given by our amazing Church Leadership.
If you want to see what being a Lao Elder is like,
This is my favoritest video ever...
The government shut us down from doing videos though :/ oh well.
Missionaries have been here since 2013. I am Elder number 29. Yay. Senior Couples have been here for 20 years now.
I love Lao and Thailand.
Favorite Talk: Elder Stanley G. Ellis
Do we trust Him? HARD IS GOOD.
Opposition is opportunity.
I could go on forever about how much I love his talk. I feel like it's exactly what I've been trying to tell everyone lately but finally Elder Ellis just simplified it and put it out for everyone. Homie.
I was hoping to get a new message out of conference. Honestly lately I haven't really had too many questions and have been real content with my Faith and Testimony. But obviously I'm not doing good enough because what I got out of Conference is exactly what I've been trying to work on the last several months.
Positive Perspective. Finding Blessings in Opposition. And Gratitude.
We learn the best lessons in the hardest times. Hard humbles us, strengthens us, tests us, allows us to prove ourselves, and I also believe hard usually ends up with a good story haha.
Finding blessings in opposition has led me to see how important Gratitude is. All of our opposition, weaknesses, flaws, and trials "have been done in the wisdom of Him who knoweth all things." It takes so much Faith and Trust, but I Know it is true. Anything afflicted on us can potentially be for our gain. It's only up to us. Nothing can hold back our eternal progression but us. Our oppositions are more opportunity for us to know God.
The 10 lepers came to know the Savior because of their trials. They had that opportunity to prove Him and come unto Him. But only one glorified Him. Many people feel as though we are entitled to have our opposition taken from us. That we are supposed to be healed or supposed to have our burdens taken away from us. I say we should have gratitude for them.
I've had several experiences since coming to Laos where I'm intending to do the right thing by being obedient or serving another and it backfires way hard. Haha. I can tell God is really trying to help me find blessings in what most people wouldn't call blessings. I'm learning to trust and have patience. (: and I am grateful for that.
I loved President Eyring who spoke of putting aside fixing our own trials to help others solve theirs. This pure love will bring solutions to your problems.
Like I've said before, I'm still working at this positivity thing and am not at all perfect at it. But on the good days, it honestly is life changing and makes every little thing about life so much better.
So if you haven't heard me say it a million times, we don't get to share the Gospel all that much. But last night, a Brother asked to meet with us. And lemme tell ya, any chance we get to share the Gospel... we go hard.
He wanted to meet with us because while he had made a mistake. And he feels so sad and wants to be better. Anywho we had a great lesson with him and at the end the Spirit put together this testimony that He had me say before we closed that I want the whole world to know.
"I can't remember where in the Book of Mormon this is because I'm reading in like 7 different spots. But recently I read about a Prophet who was rejoicing because his people were being pretty humble. I can see that you are very humble and have a real desire to be better. Like that Prophet, this makes me happy. I am happy you are humbled and feeling this guilt. Every story in the Book of Mormon about Repentance, ends in pure joy and happiness. And I can add my own witness that that is true. Why I have joy from this is because it means you are about to have a very special and great experience. I am excited for you. It's amazing how everyone sins, and it is bad. But it also gives us one of the greatest experiences ever. That is Repentance. Don't stress, and know that only good will come from this. I am grateful for Repentance in my life, which comes through Jesus Christ. The joy of Repentance is because of Him. I know He lives and loves us."
Something along those lines, but anywho it ended up with him being in a good mood and excited to repent and that made me happy. He gave me a big emotional hug before he left.
I love Repentance and I am so grateful for it and all the other opportunities Christ gives us to feel of His love and joy.
Anywho, just a few of the small thoughts I've been having. I'm grateful for Conference and a Mission and all the time I have dedicated to God. I love pondering all day long about how amazing this life is that God has given us.
I would that ye should look to the Savior, and hearken unto His great commandments; and be faithful unto His words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of His Holy Spirit. Because it maximizes your potential. And I have none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls.