Վայ, ինչ քան եմ սիրում ձեզ, երևի չգիտեք: Ես ձեզ շատ եմ սիրում, շատ:(Oops, I kind of like you, I do not know I love you very much. - obviously THAT translation came through rather oddly, I'm not sure what she meant to write but this is what the translator says it says! funny!)
Wow family! More snow came your way? That is so crazy! We had a little bit more snow this last week, but once again, it has warmed up quite nicely-I feel like I don't need to be wearing my coat today. I think because of how the winter going that the summer here will likely be a huge problem-for similar drought reasons as in Utah. I guess we'll see how everything works out. How's everything with Beth? I hope it all goes well!
We had the most wonderful Zone conference this last week. We had the privilege of having President Lawrence come and speak to us; he's in the area presidency, he and his wife came and spoke back in February, and he chose to come back for one day to congratulate us on how well we've done and then to teach us some more. It was truly amazing and inspiring! Not to mention how I always love listening to our dear President and Sister Carter. How I love them! And love our missionaries! I know everyone always says this about their mission, but our mission is really the best! I am constantly learning from all of our missionaries and I would be more than happy to serve with any of them-they are all just that great! How I've been so blessed to be with all of them, I'm not sure I'll ever know. President Lawrence talked about keys to a successful mission and also principles of faith. I'll just share a little bit of what I he said. In order to have a successful mission we have to: learn the doctrine of the church, of Jesus Christ, since the study of doctrine changes behavior faster than the study of behavior changes behavior; focus on personal sanctification, our purpose and our goals, seek first the Lord's glory; make the spirit apart of everything we do, learn how the spirit works with us; excercise faith in the Lord; and be unfied in all we do. (He talked a little bit about the sons of Helaman and how they were united in purpose and because of that none died, but they were also all wounded. Truly, unification in all things). 6 principles of faith and goal setting: pick a righteous desire (one that we can not accomplish ourselves, that has a gap), be believing-believe it can be reached with the Lord's help, plead with the Lord in unceasing prayer, commit fully to the accomplishment of the goal ("if something is impossible but you want it bad enough, it can happen"), expect trials and obstacles but just keep working, and finally we have to expect the Lord to help. It was pretty fantastic! Towards the end of the meeting, it was neat to feel the promptings of the Spirit, as President Carter announced there were going to be a few testimonies from missionaries. I felt he would call on me, but as often happens, I pushed the feeling away. The feeling was pretty persistant, so I accepted it, said a silent pray and told the Lord I was willing to do what He wanted and say what He wanted. As Pres. stood back up, sure enough, he asked me to bear my testimony. I'm not sure why the Lord saw fit to let me know a little in advance, maybe so I can learn a little better how the spirit works through me, but I am grateful He showed me. It's always a privilege and a blessing to share what I know to be true.
With all of those neat things we were taught, we had a pretty great miracle! On Friday, after we had planned and set some goals, we felt, because we planned to get into a few new homes, that with the help of the Lord we could find 6 new investigators. As we began our day in prayer and plead with the Lord for His help, we had high hopes of reaching our goal. After a few hours of being out and having several of our hoped for meetings fall through, we once again turned to the Lord. I'm not sure what Sister Nelsen was praying for, but I was just pleading with Him for help and guidance-I truly knew we could not do it without His help and at this point I had no idea of how we would have 6 new investigators by the end of the day, but we continued on with our faith in the Lord. A couple of hours later, we were able to meet with a new family and found 5 of our 6 new investigators. Truly a miracle, there is no other way to describe it. As we talked with Elder Hall at the end of the day and described how the day had gone, he pointed out to us that each of the 6 principles of faith that Pres. Lawrence had just taught were apart of our day. Wow. Pretty neat to see the hand of the Lord.
Family, I love you! A lot! I know without a doubt that this is the Lord's work-I know it's true! I know the Lord is aware of us, of our needs, our wants, our lives. He knows us and He wants us to be happy! I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. We have chose to take His name upon us and it is such a sacred responsibility! I pray we are living worthy of His name!
I love you all! I hope you have a great week!