I was also blessed to come in right before the baptism of Joshua, a youth who will make a great example, and one day a great missionary! Elder Mariscal earned the right to baptize him due to the fact that he is finishing his mission and will be leaving today. He will leave and Elder NIelsen will officially take over his spot as the new assistant. It has been pretty interesting being around so many great missionaries with so much knowledge and experience, every now and again we enter into spontaneous studies and start throwing out scriptures left and right.
It proved to be the best three hour conference that I have ever sat in! I just want to end with this last part. Elder Bednar told us that when people pray in church and ask God to bless those who are not present, and then to help them come next week, it is a complete lack of faith. Faith is action. He gave us an example prayer and in it said something like:
"God, thank you for this meeting, and please bless those who are not here now, we will not ask for you to magically bring them here next week, instead we will go and and get them, right now. Father, if the bishop has other ideas, we are willing to hear them. Well, seeing as the bishop hasn't gotten up yet to say no to me, we are going right now. we have faith that we can go get them, and so we are going, right now. The only thing we ask for is inspiration that we don't all end up at the same house. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
It was a very powerful example. To pray that people magically come to church is against whatever faith that we might have. We live by actions, and work miracles by the same means.
Well, sorry this email is a little long. A lot happened this week, but it has been one of the best weeks of my mission. I am now with Elder Sitton, who has been training me to take over the finances. He is one sweet guy, he taught me how to pay the missionaries every month--turns out it is only a 6 hour process. Shout-out to Dad, I have no idea how you can manage payroll of a company, to me that is a miracle. Anyways, I hope you have a great week, oh, and as you can tell my pday is now, not M . But you can still email whenever, I am allowed access almost 24/7 to my email due to my new responsibilities. I love you all and challenge you all to live by faith, and show it!