Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Call unpon me while I am Near"

WHAT GREAT CONFERENCES!!!!! That is the highlight of the week for sure!! The week was fine, nothing too special happened, just a quick update on investigators and a few other fun things!
1- Odilia is still SUPER excited to be baptized! She came to 3 conferences. Oh how I love that woman. She is just incredible and even stayed to sing in the ward choir with Graciete and the members. She LOVES the gospel and was just soaking in the words of the prophets. I will seriously miss her. (Tears are flowing at this point) 
2- Raphael was lazy this week because of the rain and we didn’t get to see him but his friend is helping him stay excited. We will see him this week and help him out a little more.
3- Maria José is progressing! She loves the sisters and loves Irmã Maria José. She’s pretty excited to be baptized finally as well!! She came to the women’s conference and stayed for the first session of Conference. She’s a sweet little old lady :)
4- Fatima disappeared again. ha-ha surprise there! We’ll go on a search for her again this week! The Lord always helps us find her again!
5- Augusta came to the Sunday morning session of conference. She loves church as well but found out yesterday that her companion/boyfriend is talking with other women and looking at pornagrafia. She listened to the talk by Elder Christofferson about fathers and was more determined to help him be a better father. She’s just incredible.
That’s just the quick update of the week we had! Now on to conference!!!
I really needed conference this time. I don’t know why but it’s the time that I can let go of the missionary worries and really just take council rather than give it. It was such a good time to take notes and feel the spirit and strength of the church. I love the gospel so much. I feel so much rejuvenated to help others! We were able to watch the women’s conference and I felt like the theme of all of it was reaching out to others and rescuing those around us. We can help those in our circle. I felt that prayer was another aspect, praying to know who needs our help and support for the day. Loved the women’s conference!!
CONFERENCE!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! Surprise that Aunt Bonnie was called to be 2nd counselor in the Primary Presidency! That took me by complete surprise!!!! We had gotten to the chapel late and so we thought we would just jump ahead and then go back if we had time, we jumped right to the part where she was walking to the stand and I gasped. I think I scared Sister Phipps! Then we had to go back and watch from the beginning. Incredible. She will do absolutely amazing!!! So many thoughts and spiritual promptings but I will put down a few of the things that I found cool and that I liked! 
I just wanted to talk about all the talks!! I felt really sad to see President Monson only talk for a few minutes. I dearly love that man. He is a prophet of God and leads and guides us. Even though his talk was short, it was full of power. Decisions determine destiny. We know where we want to go and we’ve been given the path to get there, we just need to take it. Love that phrase, decisions determine destiny.
Elder Eyrings talk was great!!! Doctrine and Covenants 88:62-64. Thus the heading for my letter. Calling us to listen to the talks and call upon the Lord. 
Donald L. Hallstrom quoted Elder Holland, ` You can have what you want, or have something better, ` referring to following our ways or the Lords ways. When suffering come, remember that we are God’s children and that He loves us.
Elder Stevensen was great! I loved the story about the keys and how we can use these keys to bless our lives. 1-SERVE A MISSION!!! HURRAH! 2- Attend the temple 3- go forward with faith, pray everyday, scripture study, and being obedient.
Elder Bednar is always a powerful speaker. I want to give this talk to all of my investigators. He taught the importance of baptism, the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end with the sacrament. Incredible. 
THANK YOU PARENTS FOR THE MANY COUNSELS!!! I really like Elder Ballards talk on counsels and the many difference types. I feel like growing up we always did our best to counsel with one another. Thank you so much! I will carry on with that after the mission! 
Elder Christoffersen. YES. Dad, there is your answer after years of saying how men are being looked down upon. All I could think was that many times at home when the media or society would make men look dumb. NO. Men are much needed are HUGE examples in everything. I will reread this one because I saw it in Portuguese. 
Elder Uchtdorf´s talk was amazing too. Augusta really liked this talk as well. No one is too lost that can’t be rescued by Christ. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR. He knows everything about us...everything. He will always be there to help in times of need. 
Elder Kearon´s. wow. I love him so much! I was so excited to hear him talk!! Refugees are a huge problem here. I really do want to help these people. They deserve it. Put yourselves in their shoes. Would it be easy to lose a house or a loved one? Be kicked from your home to a strange place? 
Elder Oaks, Always powerful about opposition. I will be studying this talk in more detail. Opposition is key to the plan. It was never meant to be easy, but worth it. 
Paul V Johnson- wow. Resurrection. I really connected with this talk. So great!! Life through His name.
And the powerhouse Elder Holland- God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength and that is the foundation of eternity. Heaven is cheering us on. We receive credit for trying even if we don’t succeed. Just incredible the love the God has for every one of us. 
I took pages of notes because all of it was amazing!! I love conference and want to watch it all again! I love these men that spoke to us. The words of the Lord are clear. Follow the counsels and all will be well with us. I’m excited to study all the talks again. I love you all so much. I love the mission and most importantly my savior, Jesus Christ.

Sister Hillam 

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