Saturday, November 1, 2014

Conference...s! (October 6, 2014)

This week was the fastest week of my life again! But great! Last monday we met a few more people and had a lesson with like... a retired preacher it seems like. he just pulls out a whole bunch of stuff from the bible, and he gets all into his sermon stuff, moving his arms, standing and sitting, from whispers to yells... its pretty entertaining! But he is sooooo stuck on the sabath day. whatever thing we talked about he always applied it to the fact that the sabbath day should be saturday, not sunday... it was hard! but after lots of patience and explication he said he was going to start to read the Book of Mormon! hopefully yes! We also had 2 amazing lesssons on wednesday... man! we could just feel the Spirit guiding us SO MUCH! One was with one of our investigators who is having a REALLY hard time smoking... she had woken up in the morning and decided not to smoke that day... which was big for her! and she was doing so good! we went over at like 630 and she was telling us about how hard it was and how she didnt feel like she could, how it scared her because she knows that it really is an addiction. we tlaked to her about Christ and his enabling power and she felt better, then at the end we gave her a blessing and she cried some more and then said she knew that she could do it and that Christ was helping her lots... it was great! then later on that day we went over to see Carolina who was from El PAlomar and we were talking with her about her trials and her duties and she was understanding a little more about the faith that she could show. and she was just so set on meeting her baptismal goal! for the 22 of november! she wants to be prepared! but she needs to get married or stop living with her... boyfriend. theres a wierd word for it in spanish... i couldnt think of how to say it. Then on wednesday night we went to the bus terminal at 1 am to catch our bus.. which was late and we left at like 2. bus all night long and we got to Antofagasta to go to a Leadership Council. That was sweet! for a lot of things! it was awesome to see lots of my friends again, Elder Mangum was there so we chatted for a long time as well. Plus it was an amazing conference where we will able to learn a little more about how to help out our zones and what the focus of the mission was, and it was just really spiritual! the whole thing! there is such a great view about misisonary work, everything is and should be pointed on the Lords work and Will... its so inspiring. so i just felt really great leaving the conference. plus i got letters early! 

Shout out time! Tom Bird, you always write me! i always have letters from you! and you said i didnt have to respond so i havent worried about it too much, plus i dont have any information on how to contact you, but i just wanted to say Thanks for that! its nice to always have something! its a blessing not everyone has!

I had a long conversation with a random guy in the bus terminal that i went and sat by, and then on the bus we met some people from ENGLAND! they lived like one hour outside of Birmingham! which they say really cool by the way. bermingmm. they had saved up a bit of money and then they came to south america nd they just travel... theyve been here for 2 months and they just go by bus from place to place, and if they start running out of money... they teach english! really easy! they said they were going to end in Thailand in about a month more... and they arent even sure if they will go back to england! Then we got back to Copiapo at like 2 in the morning and made it back to the house very tired after 2 nights on a bus and took a bit of a nap before we left again in the morning. Friday FLEW bye, and we had another lesson with Susana... that was supposed to be an FHE but it fell threw and we just had a lesson. ANd the long awaited CONFERENCE! 

So good. loved conference, i would start talking about specific talks but we might be here all day. i felt very grateful for the spirit and guidance that was felt, its true that lots of times the words arent the most important things you hear, personal revelation is real. And i was intrigued by the VERY forefront theme of living prophets! i wonder whats in store! but it was great! a little bit of fire from a few! and Elder Scott who just said it like it was! Super blunt! and his face looked almost disgusted mixed with saddened! wow! strong feelings! PLUS on saturday night i saw ELDER BAUER! so awesome! i about jumped out of my seat saying "there he is! thats my friend" i felt like a little kid again "i know him!" Elder Bauer is famous. but it was sweet! they had a great Choir! then we ended the night on sunday (because it ends for us at 7, then we help clean up) going and contacting some references that we had recieved from a member! They are Golden! we were able to share with them a little bit about how they can make changes in their lives and learn to live with Christ! And we challenged them to baptism and they accepted! so prepared! its gonna be great to see their progress as well! Over all, just feeling good! I feel like i have the tools and the help i need to be able to give people the help that THEY need! there is a lot of stuff im not prepared for, and soooooooooo much work to do that i will never finish, but it will be awesome to just keep working and doing the best i can! thats all that matters.

The Chruch is true, and Christ is at the head of this church and this work, evrything he does, and asks for, is just for us. He loves us, so much. Lets remember that and try and remember why we do the things we do. lets simply try to think more about Christ every day. He WILL guide us.

I love you all! Thank you for your prayers and your love! i will do my best to return it!

Cuidaos ;)

Elder Gold

 At Leadership Council  - Elder Mangum (MTC companion)
At Leadership Council
  At Leadership Council  - Elder Villavicencia (first companion in Chile)
At Leadership Council  - Elder Cazier (Assistant to the President)

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