Monday, September 22, 2014

temple & conference

We are getting fall colors here! ...are leaves even thinking about changing yet in Ohio? or Utah? or Pennsylvania? 

Well, we spent much time this week in meetings or in the office! We really only got our evenings to do missionary work. But that's okay because we went to the temple and had zone conference :)
The temple was really cool... we went over how the different laws apply to missionary work and what it means to be covenant-keeping. I remember realizing how critically important our covenants are, and that those promises to God should be what dictates our actions and decisions.
Zone conference was focused largely on chapters 8, 9, and 10 of Preach My Gospel. It was actually pretty hands-on with practicing and role-playing. It was good.
So let's see if I have any actual missionary work news for you..
Brother J was at church again this week! And the bishopric had gone to see him the last week as well. He really seems to be planning on becoming active again, which is amazing after 50 years! We were supposed to get the Gospel Library app on his tablet yesterday at church, but he forgot it at home. He's just one of many examples that you can always change! That's what the Atonement is for. It's never too late. And there's nothing too big. It's a change that actually happens and is way good and amazing. Unlike some of the political "change" that was promised... hmm. anyways.
Our ADHD investigator eventually made it to church! He was pretty late, but hey, he came! He even rode his bike to church. (That should make you happy, dad) We taught him after church as well.
Speaking of church, we had ward conference yesterday. And they did something that I had never seen before- they had sacrament meeting go for 1.5 hours and then the second half was divided into just Primary and everyone 12 and older. The 12+ meeting was all on the dangers of pornography and how we can protect our families. The stake president did an amazing job. Honestly, I had never before realized how much pornography is everywhere. It's disgusting and so spiritually and self-destructive. They talked about the many ways to protect your home from it. You have to be very proactive against it.
Other news. We had a birthday dinner with the Tennessee family. He made sweet&sour chicken, sushi, and some kind of soup that was really good! Amazing. And then we had cake & ice cream. We had a great lesson with them about the temple and eternal marriage. We showed them some pictures of inside the Billings temple. Sister Tennessee was so excited, she really wants to go to the temple so she can be with her family forever. Anyways, we are still working hard with them. They are the sweetest family. I already told them how I was going to bring my family by to meet them in about a year :)
We found some new people to potentially teach. We hope that works out! We have so many people that we are just having a difficult time getting in there and getting things started! But hey, the Lord has his own timing on some things.
Oh, about the office. They are going to keep it to 2 companionships in the office, so we won't be alone! The only problem is that the other companionship does not know how to do anything...yet! We will have to take time to train them. It makes me nervous because I am the only one who knows how to do everything..

Have a great week!

Sista Griffin

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