We also had Zone Conference this week and that's what most of this email will be talking about. I feel like ZC's have gotten better and better the longer I've been out. I've probably mentioned this before, but I hope it's a sign of conversion and a desire to become better.
President Checketts trained about our will vs. the Lord's will and how often times, we have a little bit of both, because we are human. He invited us, especially during Priesthood blessings, to have a "His Will' mentality. Missionary work is never our work, rather it is the Lord's work and so we need to understand His will in order to be effective. One of the ways we can do so is through prayer.
Sister Checketts's message was about the Holy Ghost and it's role in conversion. The part I liked the most was an explanation on the difference between the light of Christ and the gift of the Holy Ghost. It's sooo common for Christians to say that they "have the Holy Ghost", but really they only have the light of Christ (which they were born with) until the gift is bestowed upon them through Confirmation and the Priesthood authority.
The AP's invited us to work on our commitments and gave us the 3 S's: specific commitment, time, and promised blessings in order to improve. They really helped to narrow down how simple it can be to help those we work with to progress.
The ZL's trained on testimony and invited us to consistently renew our testimonies through prayer. We are blessed to have the fullness of the Gospel and should express our gratitude for our testimonies.
Following Zone Conf, Elder Sloan (one of the ZL's) had our trade-off. We got to do some solid finding and work on the 3 S's. The Lord blessed us with some really cool people to meet and teach that day. From our experiences, we chose to work on having more specific promised blessings. This will require us to listen more carefully to what the investigator wants from following through with the commitment and promise them exactly that.
Life's good. December is coming and it will probably be hot. But it's alright bc we have air-con in our new flat.
Love you heaps!
Trade-off with Elder Sloan
Went to this lookout place in Terrigal that reminded me a bit of Ko'olina