It's been a great week, this weekend was amazing! Sister So and I are totally shifting gears and spending our time working with the members. The youth invited us to a missionary night they had this week for mutual, and it was so fun! We got to talk about missions and how to prepare and what we do and answered a lot of their questions! Then we made pies afterwards, it was super fun!
This week was stake conference, and I'm not sure who I told already, but President Nelson and Elder Hallstrom both came out for it! This year is the 75th anniversary of the DC stake, so they had a special fireside on Friday night, then conference on Saturday and Sunday. SO. GOOD. We were on shift at the VC Friday night, so we didn't get to go to the special fireside. Earlier that day, we had been talking about how cool it would be if President Nelson came in to see the temple model, since he was at the stake center like 300 feet away. Friday night it was pretty slow, there were a few families there. We were talking to a couple other sisters, when we heard the door open. The room went totally silent, and we turned around just in time to see President Russell M. Nelson walking in the door, followed by Elder Hallstrom (Presidency of the 70), and some security guys. You could literally feel the spirit hit you when he walked in, the room was silent within seconds, and everyone turned around to see what was up. President Nelson looked around, then WALKED OVER TO US. He said, "Hi, I'm Brother Nelson!" (The most humble man on this planet). Then he went to all the sisters, and shook our hands, and we introduced ourselves. It was the most amazing experience!! He has the bluest eyes, and shaking his hand I thought my heart was going to explode the spirit was so strong! After that, he went and found Elder Fowler (they're best friends!), and looked at the temple model. He was only there for like 10 minutes, but the spirit was buzzing the rest of the night. Basically the best thing ever. I met him again on Saturday night before Conference started, I got to shake his hand again! SO COOL.
Stake Conference was incredible, I feel like I got just as much, if not more, revelation than general conference. I'll attach some cool facts below!
Some fun facts from Conference:
-9 apostles came from the DC stake
-Ezra Taft Benson was the first stake president here
-President Nelson has 10 children, 52 grandchildren, and 91 great grandchildren. WHUT
-25% of missionaries are sisters
-In 2 years, we went from having 58,000 to 88,000 missionaries worldwide
-When Elder Hallstrom was born, there were only 8 temples. They just dedicated the 148th temple this weekend!
On Saturday night, President Nelson talked a little bit about the Book of Mormon and the atonement. In the King James Version of the Bible, the word "atonement", in any of its forms (atone, atoning, atonement, etc), is only found ONCE: Romans 5:11. In the Book of Mormon, it's found THIRTY NINE TIMES. That's a big deal! The Book of Mormon contains the "fullness of the gospel'" because it teaches about the atonement. I absolutely know that's true, and have come to understand Jesus Christ and the atonement through the Book of Mormon. It is a true book, and will change your life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church, and we are led by a living prophet and apostles! That's something that I'm so beyond grateful for, and know to be true with all my heart!
I love you all so much! Have the best Thanksgiving and eat lots for me! :)
Sending lots of hugs (especially this week),
Every Sunday, they have all the converts over, and any nonmembers they know, and have Sunday dinner.
SO COOL. he is the sweetest, funniest, most humble man on the planet.
Eyes dilated ;)