Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 40: April 3, 2017

Hey Everybody!

This past week was pretty great. Elder Roberts, from Hickory Creek, Texas, has had to endure many Spongebob quotes regarding, "dumb old Texas" but he seems to be holding up well. We've had a great week and an amazing General Conference weekend (which I will get to in a  second).

Sierra is, as usual, doing very very well. We talked to her again about the Plan of Salvation and were able to go a little deeper into doctrine and details. She has a great spirit about her and is earnestly seeking for more. She has already related to us how much the Spirit has influenced her life just these past few weeks. It's really awesome to see the blessings the gospel has in someone's life and watching as they recognize it and are grateful for it. It has made me really appreciate more the gift of the Holy Ghost, something I've taken for granted.

We had this genius idea to buy doggie treats to give out to random pups on the streets so that 1. We can make friends and 2. They don't eat us. A lot of people here have dogs. Big dogs. So far, it's been a big hit and even a good teaching tool. Often times, when we talk to people who are just walking their dog, they easily use the excuse of them walking their dog to keep going and not talk. However, upon offering their dog a treat, we are able to stand and have a conversation and eventually tie it into the gospel.

The message I truly loved from this past conference was from Elder Dale G Renlund. He spoke about seeing people as Heavenly Father sees them and not looking down on people for their sins. God loves us no matter what, even though He cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance. No one is perfect. Just as a healer spends his time among the sick and the afflicted, the people who desperately need his help, so should we spend our time among those who need our help instead of criticizing them and looking down on them. I really loved the overall theme of "love one another" throughout all of conference, regardless of race, gender, religious background, sexual orientation, it doesn't matter. We are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us all equally and unconditionally.

I love you all for your emails, love, support, and prayers. 

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