I love the class room! I wish I had a teacher that would have done that for me! Well I can’t put everything that happened this week into words, but I can tell you most of the week in one word and that is TRAVEL. Oh my goodness so much travel when you live so far away from the mission home. We were able to do some work in our area just for about 1-2 days before we woke up early one morning and drove down to the ferry to get to the mainland. We then drove from Thurso down to Aberdeen and we spent the night there and then woke up early the next morning and drove down to Edinburgh.
The conference was all about being Christ Centered. We are a Christ Centered Mission. We have a goal to baptize 450 souls. That is a lot and we are almost there, but I think for a lot of us and maybe a bit for me as well, we were more focused on the goal than the people we were helping to baptism. We have a Savior for a reason and that is to repent and to strive to become like him. It is the best way to live in life. It is the only way to find happiness and direction in life. It is the way life was supposed to be lived. We have witnesses of his life and his teachings. We have an example to follow. All we need to do is to “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grave ye may be perfect in Christ, and if by the grave of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.”(Moroni 10:32)
He hears our prayers, he understands who we are, and he invites us to learn of him. Not for his benefit but for ours. The conference was centered on this and for us to reach our goal we need to forget the goal and focus on the bigger goal and then everything else will fall into place. A lot of time we get caught up in these things that we have to do and we come under pressure, but God doesn’t put us under pressure we do. When we focus on the small and simple goals of just reading scriptures and praying as much as we can and in all places. The windows of heaven are opened and everything else will fall into place. All the wants and desires will happen if we willingly give those desires to him. I’m grateful for a mission President that is a man of God that knows the Savior and is willing show me an example of who to follow. Nothing is ever easy but there are ways of making life easier, and that starts with prayer and feasting on the word of God. I know there are family and friends that read this email that is posted onto my blog and I would just like you to ponder the question, “How can I help someone come back to Chris?”
So this was the conference and there were a few other instructions that were given and it was really great. I had my Zone Leader Council right after so I didn’t get to talk to any other Elders or Sisters. But it was good to see everyone.
So after the conference we drove back to Aberdeen and stayed the night with the zone leaders. In the morning we headed back up to Orkney. The Smiths were on the same ferry as us so we got to chat with them back to Orkney. Then we’ve been able to spend a few days in our area before we go up to Shetland for a few more days. But it’s going to be great. Sunday was amazing as well I love the members of the Orkney Branch! They bore such powerful and wonderful testimonies. Each one of them has answered a prayer of mine in this past week and it was truly a blessing.
So I’ll make sure that Sister Park messages you. Those that I’m teaching in Orkney haven’t got a date yet but we are working with that. It’s great to hear about Dad and Alex. I hope everything goes well with Dad and what is going on.
Love, Elder Augustine