This weekend has been so cool. I had to write and tell you about it. My companion is sick again so I am waiting in the medical clinic. Anyways where do I start…Tuesday the 22nd we had a devotional and my great uncle spoke! He gave an awesome talk on the Holy Ghost and conversion. My favorite quote was something about how the purpose of a missionary isn’t to unite people with the Church but to convert them to the Lord. While I am talking about devotionals, on Fiday night we got to hear from Elder Oaks. In this meeting 8 of the 12 apostles were there, Elder Oaks, Elder Bednar, Elder Nelson, Elder Scott, Elder Holland, Elder Cook, Elder Anderson, and Elder Christopherson, and a bunch of other cool people.
Elder Oaks talked about how this is the ONLY true living church in the world. He gave three points on why we are the only true church. We have the fullness of the doctrine of Cristo; we know the purpose of life, the full atonement, the resurrections, the pre and post life. (Sorry about writing Christ in Portuguese). He also told us how we need to “quit worrying about learning the language or about knowing what is and isn’t the spirit. Press forward with faith and keep the commandments and you will get blessed with it.
We watched a cool video from Elder Bednar which had a ton of cool things. My favorite thing he said was, “profound spiritual feelings are small, simple feelings; when we are DOING not sitting.” He also said and promised that if we are good boys and girls remember and honor covenants and keep the commandments. We are promised that our steps will be guided, our words inspired and we cannot go amiss. What an amazing promise. I have by struggling teaching by the spirit. I never know what is me and what is the spirit.
He said one last thing that I loved. “Our temples are concerned with the reality of our belief in immortality.” One more… “The miracles of the atonement are INCOMPREHENSABLE.” For some reason when he said that I felt the spirit so strong. It was amazing.
Now Sunday...holy smokes!! Because the General Authorities were here we had a combined meeting and it was so cool. I walked into the gym and there were five long tables and 16 elders ready to break and bless the sacrament. There were 20 elders passing and each one had 2 trays. I go the feeling for when Christ fed the multitudes bread and fish. It was awesome.