This is Karl before going to the temple for the first time, (along with our ward mission leader, Brother J—— on the right). To quote our Mission President Craig, “I hope you all feel like I do in sitting in front of a spiritual fire hydrant. What an incredible week we have had with the visiting General Authority. Late Sunday evening before he was about to leave we asked him if there was anything he would like to offer in the way off suggestions about our mission. He said, “When I asked the question at the first of the conference I asked, “What are one or two questions that you have? Where your questions answered?” Of course I told him that they were. He said, “Then that is your answer. It is not about what my suggestions are that matter, it is what the Spirit has suggested and taught you that matters.”
Thank you for the email and sharing those wonderful experiences shared about Calgary West Stake Conference. It is true, “If The Book of Mormon is true, what else matters?”
You can’t tell from this sideways photo, I got so burnt in the sun! These tan lines are here to stay! We had Elder Kopishka come to our mission. It was mission changing. We talked about the faith cycle in Alma 32: 27-29.
We talked about the power and the action, how we have control over the action and only after we do not cast it out (ye have no witness until after the trial of your faith) do we receive the power. Faith always goes through action first Faith= Action + Power. Maybe I can share this in Family Home Evening for a lesson? He also talked about our purpose two parts as missionaries. To INVITE and to HELP. He was a divine example to, “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten” ( Revelations 3:19). He had Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-43 written on the fleshy tables of his heart.
We talked about things that we liked about the prophet Joseph Smith. One attribute we discussed was his determination to go against the status quo. I am not sure if he said this or if I just wrote it in my notes, but I wrote, “I am here because of a man that has these attributes.” When I reviewed my notes this stuck out to me. Personally, I look back on the times when we read The Book of Mormon together as a family as a strengthening time. I am grateful for the good.
I got the care package before the 14th of March so brother probably got his too. Thank you! Our Ward Luau was a huge success. We had one of our investigators sign for it and she was really good. We also had many members bring friends, plus we had two investigators come to the baptism afterwards. It was so great! We have a lot of people progressing towards baptism in this area right now. Keep praying for us!
I am sad that I will not be released by President Stephen Miller but I know the new Stake Presidency will be great too. Here is a photo of a turtle a family in our Ward found in their pool. They adopted him. He is about three weeks old.
Here is a link to The Gospel Principle Manual where I was studying this week. It really struck me and I felt like you would like to read it as well:
These flowers remind me of you. I know you love poinsettias! Reminds me of the primary hymn, I often go walking…Love you, Sister Winkler