Family!Oh my goodness! You all are crazy! Yet I wouldn't expect any less. I am so happy that you were able to attend conference and be able to listen to the inspired words of our Prophets and Apostles.
I loved conference! It literally is Christmas time for us sisters. I really wish we had that many people on the square every day! We had so much fun, I will admit we were dead tired by the time Sunday evening rolled around but it was so worth it. Being able to talk with so many members from all around the world was so uplifting. Which is funny because our goal was to uplift the members but really they were the ones who uplifted us. I loved making people teach us about conference. (The one good thing about not being able to attend all the sessions). We were able to listen to so many insights from the same talk, it's amazing how we can all learn something different after listening to the exact same thing. Just another reason why I love this gospel. Everything is unchanging, the scriptures, the principles, the ordinances. Yet everyone learns and experiences things differently. There are so many people in the world, and everyone is in a different place. We all have different needs, concerns, and experiences. That's the miracle of this gospel, one size fits all. It doesn't matter who you are or what you are going through, this gospel and Jesus Christ will help you. I don't think there really are that many things in the world that can and is meant for everyone, but this is it :)
Sunday evening we had a 'debriefing' meeting for the whole mission after conference. We were able to share and listen to a few of the amazing miracles that had happened because of conference. In one of my letters from a friend in TNT, I was asked what kind of invitations we extend to members and guests on the square, we extend everything from 'will you meet with local missionaries?" to "will you be baptized...?". I'll admit I was suspicious about extending the baptismal invitation on the square but after conference I testify it works. I haven't been able to have a chance to do it yet but there were so many sisters who were able to share that they have new investigators that have baptismal dates all because of conference. Conference is Christmas time :)
Following the debriefing President gave us his surprise, we got to watch the new movie Meet the Mormons. It is so good! I want all of our investigators, and everyone who is curious about the 'mormons' to watch this movie. The church did an amazing job creating something that gives insight to show who we are and how we really are just normal people. It's also funny, but that might just be because we're all sister missionaries and things are funny to us that I realize aren't probably that funny to others. Just the other day we actually ran into the 'Bishop' in the movie. Haha we freaked out like we saw a celebrity...yep us sister missionaries are a little odd. It's a great movie and I suggest everyone see it! All the money that is earned goes straight to charity so it's even better.
This entire week we have been crazy busy trying to contact all of our referrals while also teaching and staying in contact with our investigators. It's been fun.
A really cool miracle that happened during this crazy week is because of the power of the Book of Mormon. We have two investigators, P&C, who we met on the square about a month or so ago. They were on vacation from Norway (they speak english luckily) They were both super sweet and seemed a little interested. We gave them both a Book of Mormon but following that day we were never able to get in contact with them. This actually has a tendency to happen a lot. And when they received a Book of Mormon I just pray that they open it up at least once. If they do that then it's in the Lord's hands. Well earlier this week they finally answered the phone and yep the whole conversation left us both in tears. P had read about a third of the Book of Mormon, they had both gone to church, which was a 2 hour drive, and loved it and said it was worth the drive. After going to church the next day they found out C was pregnant! They have been married about 10 years and have been trying to get pregnant for a while. They are now meeting with local missionaries and are seriously thinking about being baptized. All because they opened up the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon and it is seriously the most powerful tool we have to tell people about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today we were able to have another miracle lesson with M. Really, we don't even teach a lesson, he teaches us. I think the veil is very thin for him because the insights and experiences he has had since discovering the church is miraculous. He literally is the perfect investigator, we don't even have to extend commitments because he does it himself. For example, we were talking about his scripture reading and he shared with us that it hasn't been as good as his prayers, not yet daily but that's his goal for this week. He then goes to share that this morning (he lives on the other side of the world) he forgot to pray and read some scriptures, well his day was not very good and he tells us that he never wants to start a day without prayer and scriptures ever again. We loved it. We asked him if there was anything specific that he would like us to talk with him about next time and he asked if we could review the baptismal interview questions again so he can see how he's doing and see what he still needs to work on. I tell you, he's amazing.
Also for all of you missionary parents and grandparents, if you missed the Saturday morning session, or if you just don't remember. You should listen to the closing prayer :) It was said for you.
I love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!