A few highlights from the conference:
Sister Foster told us a story about her toddler granddaughter who loved taking baths but hated having shampoo put in her hair. When her mother would try to wash her hair, the little girl would instinctively put her head down and the soap would run into her eyes and sting them. Her mother just wanted to teach her to put her head back so that the soap would run harmlessly down her back. When trials come, we tend to let our heads droop with fear, sorrow, and exhaustion. We dwell on our troubles, and intensify the sting. When we instead fall to our knees and look up to God in faith and hope and prayer, our pain can be washed away, and life will look brighter and cleaner.
Elder Foster shared this scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 98 which I found very powerful:
1 Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;
2 Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament—the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted.
3 Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good, and to my name’s glory, saith the Lord
Righteous prayers are covenants with the Father! He will answer them if we wait patiently. I've always known that, but to have it presented in that way was a revelation.
Glenda is actually an investigator of ours! She's super awesome. She was taught the first lesson then dropped, but after her husband passed away the missionaries did a lot of service for her and the members she knew reached out to her a ton. She stopped going to her church for three weeks and none of the people there tried to contact her, so she came to ours and really liked it. She's still teetering on the edge of continuing to learn or not, but we're praying for her and keeping in contact.
My mailing address is 606 Easy St. Apt. I (like eye) 97415.
Violations are when tiwi dings you. Brittany just sent an e-mail with an admirable description of tiwi's vileness, so I will refrain from going into detail.
I drove to the conference and I did a decent job, but the road we traveled is extremely windy through rugged cliffs and redwoods beside roaring rivers... and I thought we were gonna die. So at the conference we got permission for Elder Mock to drive back (Elder Mock is 23, and has a drag racing background, so I felt a lot safer with him driving back).
There is a wonderful little ward here in Brookings! We have an extremely high inactivity rate, but our little chapel is actually pretty snugly full. There's a ton of older people, but we also have an amazingly big youth group! There's more youth here than in Corvallis! And they are amazing. The priests are always helping us out, and they all are constantly inviting friends to come to church and stuff. This is the most missionary oriented ward I've been in so far, and I absolutely love it. We keep hearing about potential investigators the members are setting up to meet with us, and we can't wait to teach them all. Maya and Renee cam to Sacrament Meeting! Maya stayed all three hours, but Renee left. She has troubles with anxiety and large crowds, but we're teaching them today at 4:00.