Monday, October 3, 2016

This week went by super fast. It seems like every week does. That picture that Dad got from Bishop Earnest is because we were eating at his parents! The Earnest family has been around the Madras area for a very long time. Multiple Stake Presidents, Bishops, etc.  They are an awesome family. Their daughter is married to Brother Lark, he is the one who sent the picture to Bishop Earnest. Brother Lark and Sister Lark are really cool. They are probably Tiff and Mike's age. He is the Young Men's President in the ward and is a big BYU fan. We are actually having dinner with the Lark's tonight! 

General Conference was awesome. We actually watched it up here in Madras. We asked Bishop Neff if we could set it up and he was okay with that, so Elder Hala and I set it up! It was actually a pretty big miracle that we figured it out. We were planning on trying to stream it from bishop's computer through the projector onto the screen that we found in the library. But as you know the wireless never works reliably.. So by some chance we hit a button for the satellite audio in the building and figured that there was some way that we could stream the video satellite as well. We got it to finally work literally about four minutes before the first session of conference! So that was definitely a miracle. Conference was awesome though. I think that my favorite talk was the one by J. Devn Cornish. on Saturday morning. He talked about not comparing ourselves to others, but rather asking Heavenly Father what he thinks about us. He also talked a lot about repentance. And one of my favorite parts of his talk was when he talked about how Heavenly Father truly wants us all to make it back to him and he is not going to be looking for excuses to kick us out. I also liked Elder Uceda's talk at that same session. He talked about how prayer is a sacred moment and we shouldn't take it for granted. His talk helped me to realize that prayer is a very special opportunity that we all can have to be able to more fully know how to listen to the Spirit. If we are praying by the Spirit, then we will be able to learn how to listen to the Spirit in other aspects of our life. Overall, Conference was just sweet. I can't wait until next week when I get my iPad because I really want to go back and study some of these talks!It is amazing to see how much of President Monson  has dedicated his life to serving the Lord. Definitely someone that we all should strive to be more like. 

At conference we had a couple of our friends show up. A man that we just started teaching, Chuck, came. Chuck is a man who we met on the street a week or so ago. He was riding his motorized scooter thing and we were able to speed walk to keep up with him and gave him a Book of Mormon. We went by his house this week and found that he was a lot more ready to hear the gospel than we thought and so we invited him to be baptized and he said yes! It was really cool. He ended up going to two of the sessions on Saturday, which was great. 

This week we also had the opportunity to provide service to a lady who runs a ranch. We helped her with vaccinating her cows... Essentially, it was our job to funnel the cows to the chute and then get them up into the spot where she could lock them up and get them vaccinated. It was pretty fun!  

This week will be super busy. Tonight and tomorrow, we are going on exchanges again with the Zone Leaders. So I will be with Elder Christensen up here in Madras so that'll be fun. Then Thursday we have the Wedding for the couple that is getting baptized on Saturday! It is going to be a jam packed week. And then the next week we are going down to Newberg for the iPad. 

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