Monday, January 11, 2016

Meeting an Apostle

Hey Everyone!

This week was super awesome. I have had a great week and I learned so much. The week started off super duper slow but I got a haircut so the confidence is back. (; haha just teasing but it has been doing me really good to have shorter hair and less to take care of every day. Then we started off slow with numbers but it got better. Our Zone leaders gave us some crap last week but basically we have now recovered from the sucky Christmas/holiday break when people aren't quite as busy as they are the rest of the year. We are finally being able to teach our investigators and help them to be prepared for baptism and confirmation and it all goes back to the Book of Mormon. If the Book of Mormon is true and you follow the teachings found there, then the blessings are insurmountable. As Joseph Smith shared in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon that if you abide by the teachings found there you will come closer to God than by any other book. I love that so much. We had the opportunity to teach Nicole the simplicities found in the Book of Mormon and help her to know that through it and the simpleness she will be able to overcome the trials and challenges that life presents to all of us.

We had the opportunity of Elder Dale G. Renlund coming to the Silverdale stake and being able to feel of his spirit was awesome. He talked about the atonement and the blessings that are promised to us from Christ himself. That if we keep his commandments we receive his atonement more fully and feel the love that he gives. I know that he lives. The most important message that we can share. Not something about what he did but that he still lives today. Jesus Christ's atonement is infinite and will bless you more than you can imagine. I promise you that. I know that this gospel is true and that he lives.

Plus yesterday we had a special stake conference where Elder Dale G. Renlund of the 12 came and he talked about the atonement and we all got to shake his hand and talk to him and we even took a picture with him that I'll forward on. It was a really cool experience to have an apostle present and I even got to sit on the front row of the chapel because we had a convert to the church who was there so we got to sit in the "reserved seating" section up front and I basically had eye contact with Him and his wife the entire meeting. It was such a spiritual experience and for the first stake conference in my entire life it went by fast and I learned a ton. It was so amazing. So I got to talk to an Apostle this week. Super cool I thought. One thing that I learned was that Apostles really are real. Meeting one for the first time and listening to him talk outside of general conference was cool because they talk just like they are having a conversation and not like they are giving a sermon. They literally speak scriptures though. Just automatically know where to go and it makes me want to know my scriptures better than I do so that I can just speak them and be able to share the light of Christ more fully with the world. (Greg took to the liberty to add this paragraph from another email Elder Reynolds sent to the family)

I hope you all have a great week. Here in the mission we are working on working with members more and it is starting to work out. We haven't found anything yet but it is getting better. This upcoming week is transfers so if anything is coming in the mail make sure it is by the 19th or I might be gone. I'll find out Saturday and then the transfer is on Tuesday. I love you all.

Elder Reynolds

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