Last week was Zone Conference, and our main focus for this one was finding people who are ready to receive the gospel. President Hermansen, Sister Hermansen, the Assistants, & the Zone Leaders all gave great insights on how we can improve ourselves & our efforts so that we may be able to find those "who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it" (D&C 123:12).
We have found a few more people who definitely have potential, and it's just a matter of fitting into their super busy schedules :)
Yesterday was Stake Conference out here, & the talks & testimonies that were shared were awesome! I especially loved Mike's testimony that he shared; he spoke about his family's experience in coming out here--they started with nothing, & he prayed for the Lord to help them. Soon after, they were so blessed everything they needed: a job, a place to live, food, and a church. He testified that "When you give in to God, God will bless you." He also spoke about Alma 32:28--"when you plant that seed and you make it grow, people can see that light." He truly spoke from his heart and his testimony was so strong that everyone felt it and there was not a dry eye in the room. I love this gospel and what I love even more is having the privilege of being a witness to the changes it brings to people's lives, and seeing them become truly converted!
I would also like to share an excerpt from an email from my family:
"Yesterday's [Stake Conference] session we listened to President Eyring and Elder Holland in and Area Broadcast to all 96 stakes in Arizona. Each talked about the early days of the church in AZ and the sacrifice and dedication that was made by the early pioneers and settlers of the church here in the state and how blessed we are to now have six temples available. Elder Holland emphasized some of the great announcements made at this last general conference, especially in regards to missionary work and how much more prepared the missionaries turning 18 need to be and how we as members need to "lengthen our stride" in supporting all these new missionaries to provide them with teaching opportunities that they will have a successful and fruitful mission. President Eyring talked about being a positive optimist in these latter-days when so much is occurring and so many trials are being faced, we need to develop the faith in the Lord that will help us endure what is to come and prepare ourselves and look towards Christ's 2nd coming."
May we all do our best to become truly converted, strengthen those around us, and be optimistic in times of trial. May we all be aware of & grateful for all that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with.
I know that God lives & He loves each and every one of us. He is our Father & when we do our best, He will make up the rest. I bear this witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Take care, be safe, and I love you all!
Be strong & faithful because He was!
~Sister San Diego
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The Elko Zone - November 8, 2012