What a great weekend. I have been spiritually recharged by conference. We watched Conference at the library here in Worcester on line which was a cool experience. But all I can say is I can't wait to be able to study the talks when they are printed. My favorite part was the Sunday morning session. I did not get to see Sunday night but when President Monson got up and said "this Conference has been the most spiritual conference I have been to in 50 years" was powerful.
Last week I mentioned that we have 270 new Missionaries in the Birmingham Mission and by December we are going to be "topped off" at 300. The rumor is that we are the biggest Mission in Europe and will be for a while.
This week has been pretty normal. We have had meetings and with Conference being this weekend most of our time was gone. But I had a really cool experience this week. I was on work overs with the Zone Leaders. Which is where I go with one zone leader and my companion goes with the other companion. The Zone Leaders come every once in a while to see how we are doing and to get to know us better. But we went down to the bottom of our Area and went by a less active members home. After that we still had time so we knocked doors. We had knocked on a couple when we knocked and a man answered. He wouldn't open the door very wide because he didn't want his dog to come out and get us. This is pretty common over here. But we where talking to him and having a really good conversation, when all of a sudden this lady pulls up and looks at us for about five minuets. She then comes up and tells us that if we don't leave now and quite harassing this man she will call the police. So we left just to not cause trouble. We kept knocking and started to talk to a women a few doors down who seemed pretty interested. But while we were talking to her we saw a car come around the corner pretty fast. We recognized the person in the car to be the man that we had just been talking to, when he sees us he stops and comes up to us and apologizes to us. Turns out the women who was yelling at us was his sons soon to be mother in law. And the man just said "I tell her to not act like that all the time. But she is just a witch." We where so stunned by what happened we called it a day.
I have really had my eyes opened lately to the devastation of divorced families. I have worked with people that have had horrible family lives so I have seen all the problems that come with that. We have part member right now that we are visiting with that was abused physically, mentally, and emotionally by his dad. I have waded through the crap so to say. And the people we are teaching now are both divorced. It's really sad how Satan is really tearing families apart. I guess I have the understanding of a old man when it comes to family problems like that. Just when I think I have heard it all, something new comes up.
We have had the opportunity to listen to the Prophet and Apostles. I hope you realize that if the claim we have to having a Prophet on the earth is true. Which it is. We should be studding the talks day and night. We are the only Church that has a living Prophet. Listen to him. Support him and take his advice and warnings to heart. You will be blessed. I can promise you that listening to the Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson will only bring good things. God loves us so much that he calls a man just to show how much he loves us. I would like to strongly recommend studying the talks from Conference, study your scriptures and love your fellow man.
As my mom says, keep smiling and be obedient and you will be blessed.
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|Elder Nielsen & Elder Gardener watching General Conference Oct 2013|