Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Watch General Conference!

Hey there! I hope you all enjoyed General Conference! It was fantastic!

More about that momentarily.
For now, here are a couple stories.

We met this lady last week and went back to visit her. She began to tell us about all the difficult things she´s gone through in her life. She´s been through quite a bit. We just listened to her and weren´t sure how we could help her because she´s really angry. She´s angry at a lot of people and feels like she can never forgive them. After listening for about twenty minutes, I thought about one of my favorite scriptures that I shared a couple weeks ago in my email. Mosiah 14:3-5.

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

We were able to testify to her that although we cannot do anything to help her with what she´s gone through, and although nobody here understands exactly what she´s gone through, Christ understands. He felt her pain. He was rejected. He understands, and He can help her overcome the pain she carries both from her experiences and the burden of anger she is carrying.
It was sad to see how she rejected the opportunity to forgive and have her burden made lighter, but we´re hoping she can do it one day.

Elder Duncan who spoke in General Conference on Saturday morning gave a great talk about this. Check it out. 

"I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men." Doctrine and Covenants 64:10

We also had a lesson this week with a family who we've been teaching for a long time and haven´t gone to church in a while. We showed them the teaching record that we use as missionaries to track their progress as they prepare to be baptized. We explained to them that the part with all the doctrines that we teach represents our part in helping them learn what they need to know. The part of the record with the commitments that they should make and follow through with represents their part in acting on what they learn so that they may "truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins" (Doctrine and Covenants 20:37). The dad started reading all the commitments and seeing which ones they needed to get better at. The mom told us exactly which doctrines she didn't understand and wanted us to explain better.
We´re going to see them today, and we´re hoping to help them be ready for baptism soon.

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Perdón- sorry. As in, "sorry I didn´t plan my Spanish Lessons very well again."
Perdón- forgiveness. As in, "we can all have forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ´s atonement. He asks us that we forgive all men as He forgives us."
Aprovechar- to take advantage of. As in, "Take advantage of the technology we have and watch General Conference- for the first time if you didn´t watch this weekend, and again if you did watch it.God´s servants instructed us on what to do to find everlasting happiness. Watch it! Live it! Take advantage of this great opportunity!"

I would suggest all of my favorite talks to you, but there were a lot...
Here are 3:

Watch General Conference, and watch it again!

God loves us. He has always loved us. He guides us through the words of His ancient prophets in the scriptures and His modern-day prophets in General Conference. Follow His guidance.
Be happy!

Have a great week!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

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