Monday, April 14, 2014

Quote from General Conference

Hey everybody!

I hope you all have been having a great week and have seen many miracles.

The weather here has been really nice, around 70 during the day and 40s at night. It makes it easier to go out and talk with people when the weather is cooperating with us instead of fighting against us.

This week was a little slower for teaching but it was still a pretty good week. The lessons that we did have were pretty good and we hope to see some people progressing pretty soon. One lesson that we had with a couple was pretty short but it was a powerful testimony to me of the power of the Book of Mormon. We read Enos with them and talked about how pray can help us find the answers we need in life. I love how simple yet powerfully the Book of Mormon teaches true doctrines.

One of my favorite quotes from General Conference was from Elder Hallstrom. He said

Several decades ago I was serving as a bishop. Over an extended period I met with a man in our ward who was many years my senior. This brother had a troubled relationship with his wife and was estranged from their children. He struggled to keep employment, had no close friends, and found interaction with ward members so difficult he finally was unwilling to serve in the Church. During one intense discussion about the challenges in his life, he leaned toward me—as his conclusion to our numerous talks—and said, “Bishop, I have a bad temper, and that’s just the way I am!”

That statement stunned me that night and has haunted me ever since. Once this man decided—once any of us conclude—“That’s just the way I am,” we give up our ability to change. We might as well raise the white flag, put down our weapons, concede the battle, and just surrender—any prospect of winning is lost. While some of us may think that does not describe us, perhaps every one of us demonstrates by at least one or two bad habits, “That’s just the way I am.”

This talk definitely taught me that there is always something that we can do and the atonement of Jesus Christ can help us overcome anything if we are just willing to have faith and to act.

So something the church just came out with is in preparation for Easter. It would be a great opportunity to share with anyone you talk with about Christ and the church.

Have a great week and look for the lord in your life!

Elder Young

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