Well hello everyone!!
This week was saaweet!! This past we had a Zone Conference and wow! President Mortensen is inspiring. I stand confident in saying he could literally answer anything. He is so knowledgeable about the gospel. I hope to get to that point some day! He talked to us a lot about the Bible, mostly the Old Testament. He showed us a lot of cool things where some people do not realize or interpret it the wrong way. Everything about the gospel in in the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. He showed us how to use the Bible more and explain to people that our religion is right here in front of their face! He didn't say it like that, but I had to put a lil' Elder DeLuca twist in there. ( ; I guess what I took from Zone Conference is that the more I study, the more things make sense. It's as simple as that, guys. We have to be in the scriptures daily, both individually and as families!
So, last Monday we met a lady who told us to pull over off the road and talk to her. She yelled it out of the window of her car so I was thinking "Oh great....did I do a wheelie or something and is she gonna chew me out??" But she was like, "I have always seen you guys around and I want to know about your church." I was in shock!! No one does this! So we talked to her for a few minutes and I took her to the introduction page of the BoM and explained to her what she needed to do to find out if it's true. She said she would read from it and pray! Then I invited her to come to church and she came!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was a miracle you guys. I called her night to remind her and she was like "Call me morning to wake me up. I give you permission" Hahah!! So I did and she came. This is the cool part. She showed up and she was immediately welcomed by people to the point where she was in tears. We had a great Sacrament meeting and she called us that night and told us that it felt warm there. She said "The Spirit said to me, 'Welcome home.'" I wanted to cry because I was SO happy!!!! She doesn't live in our area but she is moving because of a divorce so she may be moving into our area and then we could teacher her! I'll keep you posted.
So, going back to Sacrament real quick, we had a youth speaker and she talked about the young woman's program and her personal progress and it was a good talk. Then a sister talked about strengthening families and the last speaker talked about strengthening our ward families. I want to sum up what I took from Sacrament meeting. It all starts with us as individuals. We have to strengthen us, then our families will be strengthened, then our ward will be strengthened, then our entire church will be strengthened. It is a step by step process and we all need to do our part. I know that as we become stronger as individual, our church will be strengthened as well!
Sorry this is kind of short but I have to get going. I love you all so much and just a heads up. This is a 5 week transfer because of a new mission president seminar, so we have transfers next week. If anyone (like my adorable little sister Buddah!) sends anything this week, just to be safe send it today or because if I am transferred, it will be a while until I receive it! Also, I will not be emailing due to Labor Day so I will talk to you all ! Much love to you all!
It was a purple tie kinda day. ( :
Okay so I went on exchanges with Elder Allen this week! Remember how I talked about him in the MTC!? Well, he told me something and it was really cool to hear it from him so I want to share it. He said to me, "You have changed so much both spiritually and physically." I said, "What do you mean?" and he said "At the MTC, you didn't really seem to care about being on-time and you just kinda went on your own time, where as now you are on the Lord's time and you care so much more." Then he said, "You are definitely more buff than at the MTC and you certainly didn't have abs there!" I was like, "That's whats up!"
I share that because some of you have said you've seen a change in me and I promise you I have changed. I had a testimony when I came out, but now I am being converted. There is a big difference. And about the physical part, I have now lost 40 lbs and I am a lil' stronger. I feel so much better, though! I eat clean and I feel a huge difference. I told you all that I was done being fast without the S, and I have made progress. I haven't reached my goal yet, but I do my best to not do anything contrary to me achieving it. It's clear to me that when I get home and I start going to school, eventually get married, and have my own family, I will not have as much time to exercise. So, if I can establish good eating habits now, they will stay with me later in life. It's easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. Remember that, not just spiritually but physically as well. Eating healthy is a lifestyle I want to live!
I think this is why I am on a bike....