So Monday evening, we had FHE with the Richen’s with Sandra and her kids over as well. That was a lot of fun to participate in. The message was on the Savior’s parable of the sheep and the goats and listing nice things that we’ve done for others that was really like doing nice things for the Savior.
Then Tuesday was an interesting day. I had to see President/Doctor Hale for minor foot surgery on Tuesday. I’ve been having cryogenic surgery on my toe for the past few months to get rid of this issue and nothing’s been happening, so he was going to try a different procedure this day. But after he asked me if I had any appointments and I told him we had a lesson that night at 6:30, he changed the procedure back to the cryogenic surgery and told me to come back in about 3 weeks and make sure I have absolutely no appointments the day of the surgery and the day after because it will put me out of commission for a bit.
So Tuesday, we mostly just stayed and rested because I couldn’t do much. We got a ride to the 6:30 appointment and had the lesson with Sandra and her kids. It was a very interesting lesson. The kids didn’t speak much and felt very awkward (I asked if they thought we were intimidating and they flat-out said yes, haha). So that was interesting… but apart from that, it went well. Sandra understands everything very well and commited to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. So far, she has been very happy with her experience in the church thus far, which is good. She had a few concerns about prayer and other things. The people we had at the lesson was a young couple – the husband being a recent convert, and they helped a lot with resolving her concerns and helping with answering her questions too.
Thursday, we had zone conference just about all day, haha. A lot of the training consisted of working with the ward council and with the members of the area and defining what we can do to help the wards and stakes catch the same “vision” of missionary work. He defined three different phases of wards. Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 (or good, better, and best). Phase 1 is a ward that does relatively well as far as missionary work and teaching goes, but the missionaries are doing all the work and have little to no support. It’s good because the missionaries are working… but the work is slammed down all on their shoulders. A Phase 2 ward is a ward in which the members catch the idea that they should help out the missionaries as the missionaries do the work. A Phase 3 ward is when the overall idea and atmosphere is that the missionaries help the members in fulfilling their responsibilities. The idea of “we have someone that is willing to hear the Gospel, we need the missionaries to help us to teach them and receive a testimony.” So we talked about what we could do to help our areas and wards become phase 3 wards and help the members of our area and the ward council catch the same vision.
It was interesting to be there though because there were 5 zones total (including our’s) there… aaaaand I barely recognize anyone anymore. The mission is too green. All the missionaries I used to know are pretty much gone. It’s weird to think though… that was my last zone conference in the mission. Now that’s weird.
Then we saw Sandra again at the Sunday Afternoon session of conference. It was interesting. It was the first conference session I’ve ever seen in a member’s home and not in a stake center. But they really enjoyed it. As we were there, we were able to follow up on the reading of the Book of Mormon and she’s been doing it, but she has a hard time retaining a lot of what she’s learning and reading. So we talked for a bit about that and so did the members that were there. We have our next lesson with her this Tuesday evening, so hopefully that will go well.
Conference was really good. It was different not seeing President Packer, Elder Perry, and Elder Scott. The last time we had any of the brethren pass away before those three was President Hinckley, I believe. But there were a lot of revelatory experiences in conference. One of the talks that I was impressed upon was the talk by Elder Lawrence (?) of the seventy about how when we pray and seek what it is that we may lack or what it is that we can work on that the Holy Ghost will answer to us and it may not be an answer we have ever considered. But it is important to be obedient to the Holy Ghost because God knows more than we and it is there that we can improve, and as we follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we will have the Holy Ghost as a constant companionship.
So this has been a pretty good week. It’ll be good when the conference talks become easily available online to be able to listen to them and read them and study them more fully. I hope that we can always do what is necessary to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. I’m grateful that we have prophets and apostles in our day that can receive inspiration for the entire human family. I hope everyone has a great week and God bless!
Love, Elder Foxx