During the weekend we had stake conference in Baton Rouge. Elder Carlson of the second quorum of the seventy came. They talked a lot about Sabbath day observance and how we can bring the spirit more into our meetings. He talked a lot about the 3 hour block and being attentive. During the Saturday evening session he did some question and answers which was really cool. One thing that was asked about was the age of the prophet. He talked about how President Monson is still as active and funny as he always been. He talked about an experience when he was taking the elevator down from the Church administration building down to the parking garage and it stopped on the first presidency level. He was at first concerned it was one of the councilors but realized it was fairly late so it probably was one of their secretaries. When it opened it was President Monson. And when he saw it was Elder Carlson he started whistling the air force song tune because he was in the air force. He talked about how president Monson has been feeling the effects of age more but that he is still very active and hasn't slowed down. He said we shouldn't be worried about his age and when the Lord wants him needed some where else the lord will take him.
The Sunday session focused a lot on our priorities especially making church more of a priority than sports. After the conference we had a lesson with Zach next to the temple. We talked about the temple and different blessings that come after baptism. He told us he has never been to a place where he has felt the the spirit so strong. It was really neat.
We also were able to see Jessica. We were helping her plan her baptism. She is really excited to be baptized on Sunday!!! We are so excited!!!!!
We have some interesting new investigators. We were coming out of an old folks home visiting a less active. We passed an older couple outside and they asked us to sit down and talk about the Book of Mormon with them. To make a long story short they told us they used to be members of the Church of Christ (temple Lot) Church which is a break off. They now call them Book of Mormon Independents. They believe in the book of Mormon but they think Joseph Smith went too far. It was really weird. i have never met a break off from our church. He likes the LDS Church but doesn't like the other small break offs. He was saying they our Church will own the land where the Community of Christ temple is and the temple lot the break off he was a part of. It was really interesting. He wants us to come by when we are visiting the person who is less active in the rehabilitation center and read the Book of Mormon with him.
I am so excited for this next week with Baptisms!!! It is going to be awesome!!!
“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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