November 11, 2017


Rapid City, SD


Sister Hughes

A handwritten letter

November 11, 2017
Dear Mom--
Yesterday we had zone conference and it was amazing! I love being able to sit down and be trained by all my leaders. I always receive so much good stuff that I can do, and ways to become a better missionary. I played the piano for both hymns, accompanied Sister Hughes' musical number, and played that piano duet with Sister Feeny hahaha. I'm getting a TON of piano time here, :)

My favorite part of zone conference though, was not any of the trainings I received, rather how I felt the Spirit testify so strongly to me that this is right. So after President Hess' training on working with members, we had a training by our zone leaders and Sister training leaders. We read the scripture Moroni 7:48 ("Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.") and talked about Christ's love and our experiences in trying to become like Him. As people were sharing their testimonies, there was an overwhelming sense of power and love in the room. I felt the Spirit testify that Christ really is our Savior; He lives; He loves us more than we can even imagine. This is the true church, and I'm doing the right thing.
Sometimes missionary work is so hard and so discouraging. When people threaten you, you wonder, "Why do I even do this?" But this experience reminded me why. It's because we love the Savior and He loves us infinitely more. We are here to share His love with all of God's children. Elder Quino said, "We are blessed so we can bless others." It just made me think of all the blessings I receive and that they truly do help me to reach out to others.

I also got your package from Sister Taylor today and I loved it. Thank you so much. I just needed some love from home and that was perfect. I'm so glad you were able to meet him with her. I love you so much! Sister Mortensen


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