What a busy week!! There were so many things that happened this past week. There is a lot of new people that we found that are so excited about learning the gospel. We are super excited about the things that are starting to happen in Apopka.
To start off, we got to see a guy that a member from a different ward referred us to and we finally got in touch with him. We went over the restoration but only a small part cause he didn't have a lot of time to talk at the moment. He is one that is open to learning. Later that day we had a member, Brother Flores, come with us. He is so awesome cause he comes out with us all the time. Sadly the person we were going to see couldn't meet with us, but went to stop by a couple potential gators. We got to met one potential gator and had a awesome restoration lesson; the spirit was super strong. The other person we couldn't see so we knocked on the door across from him and taught the guy there. He doesn't go to church right now, but said he wouldn't mind going to ours. We are hoping to be able to see him this week.
ZONE CONFERENCE!!! This was such and uplifting and sad zone conference. We will start with the happy part first. There were so many great things that were brought up in the zone conference. The one thing that stood out to me the most was said by President Berry. Before all the training's were given he showed us a video of a very high commander in the military giving a speech. He talked about making a bed. That every morning they make there bed to pristine condition. Corners tucked in tightly with the blanket folded and put and the end of the bed. We then said that when you then have had a rough day you come in at night with a bed made nicely. It's all about the little things that make the difference. For example, saying our prayers morning and night. If we miss a couple here and a couple there shouldn't be a big difference, but is it taking steps closer to God? I love the scripture that President Berry shared and its in the Book of Mormon in Alma 37:6-7.
It says......"6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. 7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls."
By the small and simple things that we do in our lives will bring us closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They want us to return to them but we need to make the decision now to do all we can to get there. The sad part of Zone Conference was that this was the last Conference for President Berry cause he leaves at the end of June. 😢
The rest of the week was pretty dang amazing. We then got to see a new gator we picked up last week. He is sorta familiar with the church a little. It was awesome cause we had one of the youth from the ward, Perrin; he has been coming with us regularly which is awesome. Gave a wonderful testimony of how he has been able to gain a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Then we saw gal that Elder Jensen and I found last week. We taught the restoration and by the time we got to the first vision where Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ you could she how touched she was by the message. As Elder Meyers and I began to testify of the message we shared we could feel the strong presence of the Holy Ghost. It was definitely there and we could feel it. She told us that everything we shared is something that she has been looking for and that it also made her day hearing it. Wahoo!!
I would like you all to know that I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have been able to gain a witness for myself by the power of the Holy Ghost. Not only by asking God but continually seeking for more understanding. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I can promise all of you that if you read the Book of Mormon and pray to ask God if it true and come to church he will give you an answer. You will only be able to get that answer if you do these things. Why would God not want us to know these things? He does want us to know, but we have to seek him out in order for him to help us to know.
I love you all and have a great week!!!
Florida Orlando Mission
Elder Meyers and I
I got to see Elder Lawson and Elder Richards at Zone Conference.