There’s not too much, but it’s lovely. We’re finally starting to fall into the fall season, things are cooling down and life is flowing along quite smoothly. We have some awesome investigators and they give us the drive to keep studying hard for their needs, teaching them the things that will help their faith grow, and above all, helping us grow closer to Christ as we feel His love for them in every appointment. I feel like I’ve really gotten to the point in my mission where I’m at my spiritual high. I feel the guidance of the spirit so present every day, in every study, practice, lesson, and planning session. I feel like I’m finally becoming the missionary the Lord expects me to be. It’s a feeling of accomplishment, of gratitude, and happiness. We came to this world to learn to be happy no matter the trials. It’s nice to be able to see the light after a period of dimness.
My companion is growing up quick. He came to the mission with fire and he’s sharing it with everyone. A scripture in D&C says that we should do everything within our capacity with high spirits. That’s what we’re doing and we feel good about it.
This week, I’m developing a few questions to take with me to conference to look for some answers. I love the blessing of modern revelation.
Another goal we’ve set is to purify ourselves of all worldly distractions. As much as I’d like to learn more about Spain and Elder Garcia, California, we’ve set the goal to not talk about music, friends, hobbies, or anything else about our homes unless is is of worth to the spiritual progress of our investigators, and of course, ourselves. I feel like I’ve been placed in a pretty tight bubble, but it’s a nice bubble of spiritual security and it’s carrying me closer to my Savior. I love him, and I feel I’m getting to know him better. Lately, I’ve been studying Jesus Christ in the index. Next to his name in the Spanish triple, I don’t know how it is in English, there’s a paragraph of words that follow in a list saying “see also”. It’s a detailed study of all the characteristics of the Lord. I enjoy it.
May you all enjoy general conference this weekend, whether you’re a member of the church or not. You’ll leave feeling strengthened and lifted up to a new level of spiritual endurance. Of this I testify.
Elder Steven Reid Walker
What is general conference?
General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.
When is the next general conference?
Conference sessions are held the first weekends in April and October. They are held Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain time. For the April 2012 conference, the President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson, will be speaking during the Sunday morning session at 10:00 a.m. MDT on April 1.