Monday, October 13, 2014

Amazing Week (again) - September 29, 2014

Hi y'all! This past week was super bien! I'll spare you the details of every day, but I'll tell you the best things that happened and what I learned this past week. 

so this last friday we had zone conference at the stake center. we received trainings from president slaughter, the aps, and the sister training leader leaders. it was AMAZING. president talked about baptism. Then one of the ap's gave a training on what we really desire to do/accomplish as missionaries and as members of the church. we talked about how if you don't think you're doing any good in this world, you need to change you attitude. and that goes for everyone. for real. so change it if necessary, and start doing good things!

the other huge theme of the meeting was Developing Christlike Attributes, which is a whole chapter in Preach My Gospel that i highly, highly suggest y'all read and apply. in the chapter, it says " You need to be a Christlike missionary, not just do missionary things." And it's so true, for missionaries and members alike. As members of the church of Jesus Christ, we need to be constantly working to become like him. We need to change our nature, not just our behaviors. Turn out like Christ, instead of turning in to ourselves. And one of the best ways to develop Christlike attributes is to study them in the scriptures. Read about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, take note of their natures and their characteristics, and be like them. President Slaughter brought up one time that we already know our Savior. We're not strangers to each other, we're acquainted, but it's up to us to become better acquainted and build a strong relationship with Him. So a lot of amazing messages were shared and it brings it all back to the central part of everything we do and believe: Jesus Christ. He really did live and die for us, and our way back to our Heavenly Father is through Him.

Guess what else we got to do at zone conference besides eating delicious barbecue for lunch? We got to watch Meet the Mormons! I'm sure many of y'all have heard about it, it comes out to select theaters on october 10th, and i'm telling you to go see it that day. For real it was SO GOOD. It's about the lives of I think 6 members of the church and their stories and it was amazing. You just have to see it for yourself. Tell others about it. Take nonmembers or less active members with you, share info about it on facebook, do whatever, but make sure you see it! i wish i could  watch it again! 
So zone conference rocked. haha.

women's conference on saturday night was super bien also! we watched comfortably from the reclining chairs in a members home since none of our investigators could come. it was so good, and everyone should watch it, not just women! it was all about the temple and how much heavenly father loves us.

last thing i'll tell y'all about is last night. after church and break the fast, we headed out to a part of area that is just apartment complexes. we spend a lot of time here, and we decided to do some knocking. we were knocking, and this guy answered the door, let us in immediately, and let us teach him and his friend the restoration. they loved it, and we're going back saturday. it's the best when people let you in while knocking! then we continued knocking a different building, and this girl, probably 12 years old, said she only spoke spanish, but good thing we have hermana ormsby, eh?! so this little girl recognized our name tags, and let us in, and she started talking with hermana ormsby. she said she had cousins who were LDS, and her family had been 3 years ago. she was SO excited we were there, so we gave her el libro de mormon and the elders' number (because they're really good at spanish!). so that was awesome. then we met a man in the parking lot who was taking out his trash (because we're creepy like that and talk to everyone haha) and he only spoke spanish too. 3 cheers for hermana ormsby! we gave him el libro de mormon, and referred him to the elders. so it was a stellar night that just proved again how important it is to actually open your mouth and talk to people. Yeah, it can be scary and intimidating, but it's incredibly rewarding. 

So this past week was full of some really amazing things. i really wish i could express to y'all just how blessed i feel and how grateful i am to be able to meet these people here. i'm also so grateful for joseph smith, and our living prophet, and that we get to hear from him this next week! wooo!

i hope y'all have a great week! i'll send pictures next week! love y'all!

-Sister Snyder

p.s. hermana ormsby gets to do the ghost chili challenge tomorrow night. hahahaha.

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