As the subject says: this week was mission tour and it was definitely the highlight of the week! But the fun actually started the day before because I had 3 of my past companions stay at our apartment! I had my trainer Elder Hambrick, Elder Buckley and my MTC companion Elder Whitaker! It was so fun to catch up with them and hear about all their adventures and see all the neat things they learned and it was just a good time. Elder Buckley has also served in Kungsbacka before so it was super fun to talk about the area with him.
Then the next day we woke up and headed to Gothenburg for mission tour! Mission tour is basically just a bigger Zone Conference and an area authority comes and teaches us. Elder De Feo was our special guest (he gave the talk: Pure Love: A true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ from April 2018) and he taught us so much! One of the things that I really loved was when we talked about spiritual power and authority. He taught us that as we tune out the influences of the world we gain greater and greater spiritual power. So basically the question comes down to if we want to please the natural man and give in to worldly things or do we want to please God and receive greater power and feel the spirit more often. We need to become the message, not just carry the message.
Another super powerful thing was when he wrote down some phrases on a whiteboard and gave us time to bear our testimonies about them. The two I really liked are:
Those the Lord calls, He qualifies.
When we are on the Lord's errand we are entitled to the Lord's help.
I have a testimony that when we are doing the Lord's will, He is with us every step of the way no matter how hard or scary it is. He does not set us up to fail. We also learned lots of other neat things and a lot about how we can establish relationships of love and expectations with the people we teach!
The whole thing was just amazing but it didn't end after the conference because I got interviewed by Elder De Feo!
Summarized: it was a very very cool experience and I felt so much love from the Lord through him. He is a man called of God! The best part was that at the end he asked if he could pray for me and then gave the most sincere prayer for me and my wellbeing and my family and just every aspect of my life! It was so cool!
So yeah, then we went out with a renewed fire to do the Lord's work! Sadly lots of people were not about it and we got rekt but I still love them :) Love is interesting because it seems like there is not a limited amount that we can love. We can keep increasing it and it's not like we only have a certain amount that we can use. So please try to expand your love and give of it freely this week!
You are all awesome and I appreciate every single one of you and the love you have shown me and the impact that you have had on my life!