I finally got to watch conference and it was fantastic. I am definitely grateful for the increased love that I have found for conference whilst serving here. What a miracle it is to have single talks that are addressed to a general audience, but still be able to find answers, guidance, and comfort for individual circumstances. I thought it was interesting how President Monson used the example from Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire cat in deciding which path to take. I have occasionally used that in my teaching as it really is a great way to show the importance of have goals and knowing where to go. What a blessing it is that we know where we are going, and we know what we need to do to get there, and that we are not just tossed too and fro, wandering without a focus.
This week has been kind of a roller coaster of a ride. We were excited to have some young men preparing to serve missions come work with us this week, and we were able to go on splits twice this week, which has been a big improvement from previous weeks. I have found that it is a lot of fun going on splits with prospective missionaries and help them see the joy that comes from missionary work. All of them seemed to have enjoyed and were excited to reschedule another time to work with us.
During our zone training meeting last week, Elder Saludar and I gave a workshop on The Plan of Salvation and related it of how it is reflected in missionary life. As Deacons, Teachers, Priests, Beehives, Mai maids, and Laurels, we are intelligences being organized. When we enter the MTC we learn our first lessons in the Pre-Mortal Existence. Then we are born into the mission field with a trainer. We then grow and develop and experience the joys and sorrows of missionary life. After 18-24 months we die, or are released, and enter the RM World. It's rather interesting just how the actual Plan of Salvation and the life of a missionary can be compared. So we made the conclusion that this could be somewhat of a practice run for the real deal. If we can learn how to be obedient, develop Christlike attributes, and serve faithfully until the end here, the more likely we are to do the same when we are faced with the real thing. I was reminded of what coaches and leaders have always told me that "The way you practice it is the way that you're actually going to do it." So if we have a sloppy practice, then it's likely when we do it for real that it will be sloppy.
So for part of that reason was another reason I loved conference so much, as many of the talks were focused on the Plan of Salvation and Families. We have been striving to use the Plan of Salvation in our everyday contact with people as it produces interesting results when you ask someone questions like, "If God loves us, why did he send us to Earth?", "Why does God allow pain and suffering to occur?" "What happens after we die?" What a blessing it is that we know the answers to all of those questions and just as President Monson mentioned, we know what choices we need to make.
This week Elder Saludar and I were blessed with 2 more baptisms, both of which helped these families come closer to being completely gathered into the fold. The Spirit was really poured out during the meeting, and it was a great experience to see the joy that showed in the faces of those who were already in the covenant, those who just entered into the covenant, and those who were there who are not yet apart of the covenant people of God.
Well this is the last complete week of this cycle, so next week I will be writing on Tuesday. I hope that everyone continues to stay healthy and happy and continually choosing the right.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell