I would just like to say that General Conference was AMAZING! The questions that I had were answered in the most straight forward way possible. The talks I love the most were by Tad R. Callister, Elder Jörg Klebingat, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Lord, is it I?).
Those were the three talks that I really enjoyed and that answered the questions that I had. I had been pondering about the messages that were shared and how I can apply it to my situation as a missionary. I am not perfect so there are alot of things that I can do to change the way that I do missionary work. One of the things I want to work on this week is "Love". I have reflected the past couple weeks and came to the conclusion that I am not doing my best to "Love Everyone! I cannot remember exactly who gave the talk but the impressions came throughout all of the conference. I need to love everybody even thought they might not like me or they way I do something. I still need to love them because that is what I need to do as a Zone Leader and as a Missionary. Sister Payne sent me this quote today and I thought I should share this with Y'all, "If you learn to put your [zone's] needs above your own interests, then you are going to be good at this."
I am to apply this to my work and see what blessings are in store. This also applies to everyone else.
So I want to share a story about a sister named Ruby. Ruby was introduced to the church earlier this year. She has been on and off in her attendance and she is a strong member of the Hebron Church located here in Hyderabad. We have been trying our very best to meet her but her schedule does not comply with us. The past two weeks we have been very "Bold" in out commitments to her to read the Book of Mormon and to receive her witness. She has been asking some interesting questions like, Why do we need the Book of Mormon?, What is the difference between this church and others?, Why do we need prophets? and Why do we need the priesthood?. I have never had to go so deep into details with any investigators in my entire life. I talk to her about the Nicean Creed and Dispensations and all sorts of other things....and she understood.
She said she would come to church and attend General Conference with us but we did not see her at either of the sessions on Sunday. She did not even return our calls (sounds like Ajay). When the conference finished we saw her walking towards us and she said sorry for not lifting the call, " I was watching the conference from the back and I did not want to disturb anyone". We had a lesson with her afterwards and everything went according to the spirit. We had planned to set her with a baptismal date but both of us felt a little uncomfortable because she is a very serious person. I prayed in my heart that I could receive the strength and the courage to invite her for baptism! It was very scary but I followed the promptings from the spirit and everything was fine. She said that she would try again and this time with more sincerity. She now is reading the Book Of Mormon everyday and her testimony is getting stronger and stronger. Her date is for the 25th of October! She is ready!
Here are the photos from the Zone Activity we had!
btw, in emailing elder Dusara this morning, I was informed that a cyclone hit the eastern side of the mission in an area he calls Vizak. Prayers and fasting are with the missionaries serving there as they do not have power, water, etc. The missionaries are all safe, but are struggling without food, water and electricity.
|Zone activity at Golconda Fort|
|Zone bowling activity|