Sunday, July 3, 2016

President McConkie's Last Zone Conference

What a week! I will try to cover all the highlights. A LOT happened this week!
First of all, this was the last training that President McConkie gave, and it was really emotional. In a mission with a little under 100 missionaries, you get to know the mission president very well. I have gotten to know President McConkie very well, and I am very sad to see him leave tomorrow. In his last Jesus Thought he shared a scripture in Mark 9 about the son with palsy.  The story of how he wants his son to be healed, but he doesn’t know if he has enough faith. He related it to us as missionaries, striving each day to do our best and wondering if it is good enough, and helping us to know that it is! Such an amazing testimony he gave along with all of his family. This also was the last transfer for the Holts, the office couple, who gave departing testimonies. I am also very sad to see them leave after all the time we spent together in the office!
Other than all the emotional stuff, we also did a lot of work ;) We focused on working with less actives as requested from the Unorganized Ward President. (we won’t be an organized ward until the 31st of July when the Stake President comes to give us a bishop) We saw some serious miracles!  We went to visit some of them, and most of them no longer lived at the given address as confirmed by neighbors. However, as we were about to leave we felt inspired to talk to a family across the street.  They had no interest, but as we walked back towards our car we saw a guy giving us a weird look and he said "Are you guys the new ones?" Yup, that’s us! A miracle that we ran into him, always have to count those. We are having our first meeting with him next week.
Also we conducted our final exchange of the transfer, and I set the goal to only allow for 10 seconds between contacts. Which, if you are on the street talking to people, is not a lot of time. It requires some running, but we accomplished it and 4 new set up lessons came from it! We are just continually praying and hoping that all these people come this upcoming week. A lot of this transfer, like my first transfer, has been lots of finding people.  Then we set up a meeting  and then they do not come to the lesson. It has been difficult, but it always just means that the miracle is around the corner!
Then we had our transfer culture night. We hiked 11 km in our suits.....yea, we are classy hikers. ;)  We failed to realize how long the hike to the castle would be. Needless to say, in a hot and humid climate, I was pretty sweaty. Awesome castle though, and some of the other missionaries had some investigators that came so it was worth it in the end. Pretty busy but awesome week!
For my scripture this week, I want to share Alma 5:26.  It states, “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”
 This week, from a spiritual zone conference to a lot of dropped lessons, to a miracle of finding a less active, I have found Christ even more in my mission. It continues to grow each and every day. Christ lives, he is real, and he is our Savior and Redeemer!
Have a great week! Lift where you stand!
Elder Belshe

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