Conference… how killer was it?!
Where to begin! This week has been full of incredible moments. We had four dinner appointments all last week which were all so much fun! We’ve truly begun to gain real bonds with the members here which is exciting and makes going to their homes really feel like we’re going to go hang out with the family. It’s nice. We also spent a good portion of time running here and there taking the invites I talked about last week to people. Gave us a chance to have a lot of quick but fun conversations with less-actives in the ward as well as our investigators.
Conference was of course incredible. It was a different experience for sure going to the church for it but it was really fun. All the missionaries in Turku were there and we were able to just hang out all Saturday evening and Sunday at the church with everyone. And the talks, oh man weren’t they all just so beautiful?! I was blown away with some of them and can’t wait to study them more. I have yet to hear the last session (you all were watching it as we slept), but I can’t wait to download it and listen to it throughout this week. I think the best part about conference is simply that we’re able to receive personal revelation. I love that they teach in a way that just gives us a platform to learn from, not telling us what we must learn, but simply giving us the chance to hear and receive answers/revelation through stories. It’s beautiful and makes it possible for not only each person to come away with something different, but a way for each one of us to receive new insight every time we re-read or listen a second time. I think that Heavenly Father is very wise in the way he reveals truth to us. How else could we continue to progress and learn if it weren’t for the scriptures and an inspired prophet and leaders who know how to teach us in a way that can apply to all people all over the world. It’s really quite beautiful when you think about it.
There are a lot of things that stuck out to me throughout conference… but for the sake of time these were some of my favorites! From Dallin H. Oaks, “Our Savior has revealed that He has descended below all things. Maxewell said, “Having descended below all things He comprehends perfectly and personally the full range of human suffering.” We might even say that having descended beneath it all he is perfectly positioned to lift us and give us the strength we need to endure our afflictions. We have only to ask”. Doesn’t this paint the most beautiful picture of Christ. I was also really inspired by the beautiful talk that Russell M. Nelson gave about woman. It really touched home in so many ways. One of my favorite parts was when he spoke of the time that his wife helped him pick himself back up when he was at a loss… she says, “Are you finished crying now? Then get back to work, if you quit now others will have to painfully discover what you’ve already found out”. He spoke of how these loving yet blunt words from an inspired woman helped him push through a great trial. I found the story and tribute to his wife beautiful, but these words that she spoke to him really spoke to me and hopefully many others as well. If we let things get us so down that we give up, give up on an investigator, on a friend, on a project, on a thought, on our religion… then we are loosing so much more than just whatever that object, person, or thing is. We also make it so someone else has to “painfully” discover what we already have, and that’s just not worth it. With every trial we learn something greater, you have to make a million mistakes before you figure out how to “make a lightbulb”. If Thomas Edison hadn’t kept trying we would have stayed in the dark for much longer than we did. If we give up now we will cause children, friends, family, peers to stay in the dark for so much longer as well. We affect so much more than just us when we decide to quit something… so instead we need to stop crying, and get up and get back to work.
This week has been full of miracles. None of them flashy or showy but some of which have really meant the world to me. I’m so lucky to be doing what I’m doing. I love you all! Hope your week is incredible!