Monday, September 16, 2013

Stake Conference Awesomeness

Another week has come and gone already!

It is pretty insane how quickly time seems to move when you are working all day. And Elder Bird and I have been working quicker than ever now, as we have started to ride our bikes around now instead of walking everywhere. Even though we have a small area, we are still able to get so much more done each day! For example: this last week we have been spending a lot of time going by most of the names on our potential investigator list, and then going by again, and again. Sadly, we haven't been able to meet quite a few of these people, but we were able to contact a few of them and talk about setting up appointments, so we will see how that works out!

Other than that, pretty much the only really exciting thing that happened this last week was Murrieta's stake conference. The presiding authority was a member of the seventy, Elder Bassnet. There was lots of great council given at this conference from the Stake President, a couple of youth speakers, another member, a visiting member from the San Diego temple presidency and his wife, and from Elder Bassnet. Elder Bird and I weren't at the Stake Center, and at one point during the broadcast the screen froze up for about ten minutes of Elder Bassnet's talk. I was a bit sad about that, but according to Elder Wongsuwan and Elder Daley (who were at the Stake Center) all we missed was Elder Bassnet building up to the climax of his talk, and then thankfully the problem was fixed at our building so we got to see that.

Two of my favorite points/scriptures from Elder Bassnet's talk:
First - 3 Nephi 17: 11-24, With these scriptures he focused on three main spots.
1. Verse 14, where Christ begins His prayer and says that he is ,"troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel"
2. Verse 20-21, where Christ proclaims that his joy is full, and then he weeps tears of joy. Elder Bassnet compared this to a cup of water that when it is full and you try to fill it more, it overflows.
3. Verse 23, where Christ says "Behold your little ones" and going back to verse 14 could also be saying watch over and protect your little ones from the wickedness of the house of Israel.
Second - Mosiah 18: 30, here he focused on the line, "how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer" in referrence to the waters of Mormon mentioned in the same verse where Alma baptized many people. Elder Bassnet compared this to us by saying that the place we were baptized or converted is our waters of Mormon, and that they are " the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer."

So that is pretty much all from this week.


Elder Wixom

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