Monday, April 12, 2010


Hey there! Happy Monday! Today is a great day! We went bowling as a zone today and ate lunch at McDonald's (yep they have it here).
Yesterday and Saturday we got to see General Conference! It was sooo good! We were able to bring 9 of our investigators with us. Sister Delores Balolong, and her 3 yound daughters, and Jordan and Veronica Decena. Several of our investigators don't really understand English, and so I was almost hesitant about inviting them to conference. But beforehand we counseled them to pray for the gift of discernment and promised them that if they came, they would feel the Holy Ghost manifest to them that President Monson is a true prophet. So they really manifested their faith by coming, and we tried to help them understand as best we could. There was a special feeling in the room.

The Sudical family was able to come as well! They are such a wonderful family! The father, Joel, told us last night of his experience. He said that right when he entered the church building, he felt a feeling different than anything else he had ever experienced in any other churches that he had visited. He said that a warm peaceful feeling of relief and rest from all his anxieties swept over him. I love teaching them. Their 3 boys (ages 9, 11, 12) are really sharp little boys. They will be great future missionaries!

Our ward got a new bishop - Carl Trono. He is 29, and we just recently found out that he is really good friends with Chona Decena. It's neat because it seems that this could really help in the whole sheme of things. Unfortunately, she was not able to attend General Conference with us. But that's all right. Hopefully she'll still be able to view it on the internet. There are lots of distractions in her life right now that are making things difficult. I've noticed that whenever there is something is really important in Heavenly Father's plan, the adversary tries to hedge up the way by adding noise and distractions that can keep us from having the faith-building experiences he doesn't want us to have. I still feel very hopeful. I'm almost certain she will accept the gospel, whenever she's ready and willing to start applying it into her life.

The Book of Mormon is so true! I wish I could get every person in the world to just read it! I know this church is true. I have no doubt that this is Heavenly Father's work. Sometimes it's difficult to figure out how to present the message of the Restoration in such a way as to help others catch the essence of it and realize that this is really "the real thing," but thankfully we have the Preach My Gospel manuel to help us. Wow, we have sooooo many blessings as members of the church! So many people are looking for what we have, and we have the privilege of bringing it to them.

I agree with Alex. I was thinking about the same things during conference! ;) I love you!

I really liked how President Uchtdorf said "Every person is a VIP to our Heavenly Father"
and another speaker said "never let an earthly cirumstance disable you spiritually."

Love you,

P.S. Have fun in Florida! Thanks for the pictures! That's so fun!
PPS Aunt Marilee is expecting her 16th child??!! Wow. Hehe, what a lady. That's pretty much amazing! :)

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