First of all, I had a birthday last week! Whooo! I feel almost completely the same. For my birthday, I walked a lot, taught people, and talked to a lot of people. When I got home, I made myself a cake and then waited for the other sisters to get home. I then lighted ALL THE CANDLES and we sang as the cake/mini bonfire burned. Then we ate it, and it was great.
I want to say thank you to everyone who sent a Happy Birthday picture to my mom, who sent them to me! I absolutely loved it. You all are marvelous.
We also had the opportunity to hear from Elder Holland this week, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. He spoke to all the missionaries. He talked to us about a lot of things, including:
1. Being truly converted to the gospel. He told us that he can't promise us 100 converts, or even 5. But he said that each and every one of us can promise one conversion to the Lord: our own. Just as we are teaching people here, the Lord is always teaching us. And every day we decide what kind of convert we want to be and if we are going to endure to the end. Just as we want to find our investigators strong in the church after 20 years, God wants to find us strong in the church in 20 years.
2. The Book of Mormon. Holland spoke about the power of the Book of Mormon in everything that we do. It is through the Book of Mormon that we can know if we are in the Church of Christ or not. The Book of Mormon is a miracle, and it creates miracles. He shared the scripture 2 Nephi 33:10-11 with us, and told us that if any person truly believes in Christ, they will believe in the Book of Mormon. The same thing applies for those who truly believe in the Bible (Mormon 7:8-9), because the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ.
It was amazing to hear an apostle of the Lord speak with us. You could feel the authority that he has, and I know without a doubt that he is a man called of God. I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to be taught, just a little bit, by Elder Holland.
This week, Sister B and I also found a lot of new people to teach, and we are excited to see what happens with them. News to come!
Lots of Candles...Little Cake!
Ecstatic About My Birthday!