Monday, January 19, 2015

Elder Bednar!

So before I tell you about our meetings with Elder Bednar a crazy thing happened today. We were shopping at Walmart this morning and right before we were able to buy our stuff all the power went out! So they kicked us all out and we found out it was out for at least a couple blocks because all the traffic lights weren't working. Luckily Tech still has power, haha. First world problems, huh? Everyone freaks out when there's no electricity.

But Friday and Sunday, when we had meetings with Elder Bednar, were awesome! On Friday was the meeting with all the missionaries. He didn't give an actual talk but first he asked us what we learned from the talks he gave us to read to prepare for him coming. We all could raise our hands to stand and answer. Then he opened it up for us to just ask him questions. It was really cool and he had us focus on just listening to the Spirit and writing down what we learned that wasn't said rather than just writing down our "large plate" notes of what the speaker said. Then he had us look for a pattern in how our meeting went and what we learned from that pattern and how we could apply it to us as missionaries.
The whole mission was together to hear Elder Bednar!

On Sunday we were hoping to get a ton of investigators there but only C was there; she loved it, though! It was really neat because Seminole Branch is in our stake and so I got to see a lot of the members that were able to come up from Seminole for stake conf! There Elder Bednar talked a lot about baptism and the vital importance of it as well as all other ordinances we perform. He also talked quite a bit about Joseph Smith. He was saying how everywhere he goes in the world he takes Lubbock, Texas with him because he shared an experience he had while living here that really strengthened his testimony in him. He even said that this is one of only about six places in the world he can call home. It was pretty cool.

I know that the priesthood of God is on earth again today. I'm so grateful for the blessing priesthood ordinances are in my life and that I can be out here, called of God to bring these blessings to God's other children.

Elder Carlson

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