Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sharing the Gospel of Light

Good Sabbath!  I have enjoyed the spirit of the day so far.  We had our stake conference today, which was broadcast to Western Idaho from Salt Lake City.  The key speaker was Elder Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  Brother Nash of the Seventy, Sister Burton, the Relief Society General President , and Brother Osguthorpe, the Sunday School General President also spoke.  It was a great meeting with each speaker addressing those things that seem particularly relevant in today's world.  I am glad for meetings like this, where we hear from general authorities in the church.  One of the things I had not realized was that the church is growing in India.  One of the speakers talked about his experiences there with several young members of the church, and their desire to be learners and teachers of the gospel....I think it was Brother Osguthorpe.  He said that a young returned missionary had asked him how he was supposed to personally study the gospel now that he was home from his mission.  He told Bro. O. that on his mission it was easy, because he had a reason to study...to teach the people in his mission.  But that now that he was home he had no one to teach, and it did not seem as important to study.  Brother O. said that conversion is a process, and that we must continually seek for light and knowledge from the spirit, and that we should share what we learn with others around us...whether they are investigating the church, or long time members.  He said that even though he was off of his mission he still had family and friends with which to share his spiritual experiences.  He quoted a scripture to support all of this, but I have forgotten which one.  I liked what he said though.  I think my testimony is constantly strengthened by the spiritual exchange with other people in the gospel.  I have always enjoyed those kind of experiences.  When I was a ward missionary, for a time we did not have a teacher in our gospel principles class.  So we would pass the manual, Preach My Gospel, around and each of us would read a paragraph or two and then we would all talk about it together.  The spirit was so strong in that classroom!  There were only about 8 or 10 of us, and also the full time missionaries when they could make it, but we were each learning the beautiful truths taught in that manual, and we shared our insights and experiences with each other and grew very close.  I know that it really helped to strengthen my testimony of the Savior, and of His gospel, and of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  And I will always feel close to those people in that classroom who shared those stories and insights.  I think one of the reasons is, that the gospel is taught with the Spirit, and the Spirit testifies of Christ who is our best example of love unfeigned.  And as we shared the truths of His gospel and how we had witnessed them in our own lives, we also shared His love.  I have found that this is true whenever I speak of the truthfulness of the gospel to others.  I feel charity, or the pure love of Christ, within and without.  It is hard to explain, but it surely is there.
Sister Burton talked about being a grandma.  I liked that.  She made me think how I need to be a more attentive grandma.  I have been too busy this year with school to be very effective.  I am glad it will soon be over!  And only one more semester!!!  Yay!  But then I will have to be careful to not get too lazy!  I will have to post a print of Brother Christensen's Responsible Woman as a reminder of all of the things I need to keep track of.  I think there should be one of the Responsible Grandma!
The Responsible Woman by James C. Christensen

Well, I am thinking a short nap sounds good before our home teachers arrive.  I hope this day finds you happy and well.  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGS!!!  Melody

1 comment:

LeAnn said...

I do hope you got that short nap; I think you could use one. I have really enjoyed the regional conferences. I liked that Sister Burton talked on Grandparents. We could use a little help on that one.
I like this other painting by Christensen.
I too am amazed about how much the church has grown in India. The growth of the church and missionary work today is just so awesome.
Blessings and have great week.