This Sunday was the first one where I saw a bishop have to correct someone after fast and testimony meeting. It was crazy, we had a recent convert to the church who likes to shares some of his beliefs even when they aren't Doctrine. When he kept going me and my companion started sweating haha since there were many people who recently started going to church and didn't want them to think it was true. I had realize from this how easy it is for the spirit to leave a meeting when false Doctrine is discussed.
My companion is a big tradition guy and something he's done on his mission is go to Taco Bell for breakfast on Mondays. Well this week he finally got me to get some food when we go haha. There's a picture down below of me and my companion going to Taco Bell for his 34th straight Monday. Pretty crazy, he says he'll try to make it till the end of his mission going every week.
This week I got introduced to the rain in New York haha. Let's just say it's a lot heavier than it is in Utah. We walked pretty far thinking we'd be fine since it was just sprinkling. Then it felt like a blizzard but with rain and it was so cold. Definitely learned to not forget my rain jacket or umbrella when it's raining. It was literally so hard to talk with people because of how hard it was coming down.
One of my favorite things said in zone conference was the qualities for being a devout disciple of Christ. When our mission president was being trained the prophet told him to "Please Persuade them to Become Devout Disciples of the Lord." Some of the things mentioned were; obeying with exactness, urgent in repentance, constantly changing for the better, and avoid situations when temptation is. He taught to be daily disciples rather than "weekend warriors". One of my favorite Scriptures recently is Alma 34:41-41 "I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them;
41 But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions. This teaches us the attribute of patience. I know each one of us can work on this. Not everything will go as planned - ever. But we are not judged by what happens to us, rather by the way we chose to react with the situations we are placed in. In Helaman 15:3 and Mosiah 23:21 we learn that the Lord loves those he chastens and he does it to test our faith and patience.
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Pic 1: Taco Bell
Pic 2-3: zone conference
Pic 4: us standing in the rain