Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Conference, Spiders, and Teaching With The Mission President

Hello my loving family!

Boy... what a week. It truly has been a bitter sweet one. With grandpa passing away and not being able to be there for the funeral has been kind of hard for me. More so than I thought it would. But, I know that he is at peace now and that our family can now be at peace and we can start the healing process. I'm so grateful for our Savior's Atonement. It truly is a blessing and my testimony about the atonement has grown tremendously. I love my savior and I love his gospel. It truly is an honor to be out here in Alabama serving my brothers and sisters who are in dying need of the Gospel. There truly is nothing better than this gospel. I love it so much. Yesterday we found out that a missionary here lost his mom. She passed away I believe on Saturday. We don't know how. But if you could keep him in your prayers that would be great.

Conference was sooo amazing. For some reason out of all the conferences in the past before I came here I didn't really pay that much attention to. But this conference I was all ears. So many amazing talks! There are so many that talked about things that I need to work on. It's amazing to see how some of those talks that are given feel like they are meant for you. Some of my favorites were Elder Oaks on the Saturday afternoon session. He talked about Desire. It was amazing! I love Elder Christopherson's talk about chastening. I mean I could go on. I had a blast learning from all of these apostles and our beloved prophet. Such a blessing and honor to have a living prophet on the earth today :) Oh boy what an amazing gospel! I love it sooo very much. What were some of yalls favorites? I can’t wait to hear about them!

So yesterday we head over to the church to open it up for the afternoon session. We get out of the car and we walk over to the door. I pull out the keys to unlock the church. All of sudden, I feel this itch on the back of my head. So I scratched it off. As I look down to put the key in the door . . . there was a freaking spider on my shirt! I nearly craped my pants! Oh boy, it was freaky! The sad part is that it was a small tiny spider and I nearly screamed like a little girl. Oh boy, it defiantly woke me up that's for sure. So there is the funny moment for the week. Ha-ha.

Mason and his companion, Elder Rappleye
This is a note from President about the picture above: Jeni and I drove north to Gardendale. I met with the temple president on mission business and then with our missionaries, Elders Taylor and Rappleye. We then went with them to visit with a young couple who they had been teaching. We had a very long discussion about the Bible and various issues. He and his wife are very kind and generous hosts and we enjoyed getting to know them and their daughter.

This is what Mason had to say about the same event: Something amazing happened this week. We haven't really been teaching a lot of people. But we have been going over every Friday night to teach a former investigator from a year ago. A ton of deep questions that we couldn't answer. So we talked to president Holzapfel about it. And we ended up asking him if he would like to come out and teach him with us. And he agreed! So on Friday night he picked us up and we went over to this guy’s house. Oh boy... It was a crazy lesson! Soooo amazing! I didn’t talk, Elder Rappleye didn't talk, Sister Holzapfel didn’t talk. It was all President. What a treat! He answered every question this guy had! It was sooo awesome! President is sooo amazing. It was amazing being able to go out and teach with president Holzapfel. He is brilliant.

Mason and his companion Elder Rappley
in front of the Brimingham Temple

Note from the Mission President about the above picture:Late in the afternoon we met up with our missionaries in Gardendale, Alabama (Elders Taylor and Rappleye). We are continuing our efforts to work more effectively in this area. We are thinking of ways to help the people in Gardendale to increase their faith in Jesus Christ. We also have made plans to provide copies of a twenty-six minute DVD, "The Lamb of God," during the Easter season to some of the people we meet.

Mason and Elder Rappleye in front of their home.

Mason, Elder Rappleye, and the Gardendale Ward Mission Leader

Helping with more car inspections

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