hey everyone! excited for General Conference? General Conference is a lot like the Super Bowl for missionaries. Except instead of it being 4 hours its 10. so its way better.
had another good week! we are teaching some awesome people! one quick experience. so elder rhodes and i have had very limited time to do missionary work recently because of transfers and things. so we were taking advantage of the little time we had and we were personal contacting (or pcing for short) so we pc into this guy named ralph. he is a pretty short, african american sophomore. we asked him why God created us and had a good conversation. He agreed to meet this week. the first time we taught him it went really well. he told us at the beginning that he was interested in learning more, but wanted nothing to do with a further involvement in the church. so we taught him the restoration, which he understood perfectly! thats the thing about ralph, he gets it. so we invited him to be baptized and he said he felt baptism was very serious and he wanted to think about it more. but he really wanted to read the book of mormon and pray about it. at the end of the lesson he also asked us if he could interview us the next evening for a paper he was writing about commonly stereotyped groups. he wasnt sure what the subject of his paper should be, then he met us and decided it should be on Mormons! so we did the interview, it went great, and he said he wanted to meet the next night. so we met him again and we were planning on teaching the Plan of Salvation and talking about that question he really liked, "why did God create us?" we asked him how his reading and praying has been going and he said good. he said he didnt get a feeling when he prayed, but that night he had a dream. in his dream he was dressed like one of us, like an lds missionary, and he was talking to his mom about what he had learned about the afterlife. what?? pretty cool huh?
so anyway, we teach him. it goes awesome! he loves it and it all makes perfect sense to him. at the end of the lesson, i ask him, "ralph, how do you feel about what you have learned tonight?" and he said," it just.... it feels like God. I mean, I have been taught God is all-loving, but this really shows that He is. I have always wondered and thought about how if God is really all-loving, why will He put people in hell? and all of this has answered my questions. it feels more like God." what???? so sweet!! ralph is great. everyone else is doing well. rc's are doing well.
also i am getting transferred wayy up north! check the attached map for a reference. i am going to the city sault ste. marie. itll be awesome! soo hard to leave msu and elder rhodes and elder norton and all the rc's and members here, but itll be so good to go to the UP!!
So if you look up above the tip of the Mitten into the Upper Peninsula you will see Sault Ste. Marie where he will be finishing out his mission. There is a bridge that goes across and connects to Canada!
the Church is true, Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith is His prophet, and we have a living Prophet and Apostles on the earth today. God is our Father and He loves us. He has a plan for our happiness both here and in the hereafter. His plan involves us having peace on earth and eternal life in the world to come. If we will follow the Gospel that has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, we will indeed have peace and eventually eternal life. remember, "Pleasure is not the purpose of man's existence; JOY IS." -David O. Mckay