Monday, January 25, 2016

Zone Conference

It's been a really fun, busy week this week. On Tuesday we had zone conference, which is always great! One thing they talked about was our mission's culture. Every mission has a culture of how things are done, but the Brethren want to make sure we're all focused on the main doctrinal purpose of missionary work: teaching repentance and baptizing converts. It's so important that everyone learns in this life how to repent. Repentance is changing and turning towards God and that is one of our main purposes in this life. In 3Nephi 11:37-38, Christ talks about the importance of "becoming as a little child" (through repentance) not only before baptism, but afterward as we receive the Holy Ghost and are sanctified and change gradually throughout the rest of our lives.

On Thursday we got to go on exchanges with one of our DLs, Elder Pulsipher, and Elder Brown, his companion. We did a lot of contacting on the street and knocking, but we found some awesome people who will hopefully still be willing to talk to us when we go back. One thing I need to work on as a leader is giving people assignments/invitations to study something or do something differently. That's really how we teach repentance, by inviting others to change.

On Saturday we got to go to the temple with a member, Bro. S. We went early and did some initiatories and baptisms as well as an endowment session. I love being in the temple and am so grateful I am able to be around members who are so willing to take us and go often as well.

I love you all and hope this week is fantastic. Always remember the Lord and always be open to His spirit teaching you what you can do in your life to further repent/improve.

Elder Carlson

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