Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Gathering in the chapel.
Just happy to be here!
Look, Marci! We found him!
Our grandson is serving in Ukraine, and Elder Nilsson is one of his very best friends. I'm sorry, president, but I just had to give him a quick hug!
In the meeting, he and his companion, Elder Flitton, told a great member missionary story. They received a late night phone call from Canada, telling them a non-member cousin was in the hospital. Would they go visit her and give her a blessing? They did, and told her who sent them. Her daughter and children came in and because they respected their cousin, are allowing the missionaries to teach them. The missionaries had prayed not only to find people to teach, but that people would find them. It happened.
Elder Stenquist and Elder King related another member-missionary story. They met a man on the street who came up to them and called them "brothers". They had a brief word, then he was gone without their getting his name or number. A week or two went by and they really wanted to find him, and prayed that they would. Then they found him in the bahnhof (train station), and now are teaching him. He had been in touch with a member woman on the internet who told him to look up the elders. That is another great example of member missionary work and how Elder Ballard has encouraged us to use the internet.
Sister Matern prepared lunch for us . . .
. . . and President Matern helped us eat it!
Elder and Sister Kearon were such excellent teachers!
They had us in the palms of their hands every minute they were instructing us. Their messages of obedience and faith left us ready to conquer the world! Or at least spread the message in Switzerland!
Elder and Sister Larson arrived in Switzerland just a week ago, but they are already out teaching!
I can't help it! They are just so darn cute!
The Lord's noble servants.
And we leave you with this.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
He's going to make a great addition to the district!
I can't let this opportunity pass to mention general conference last weekend. I have always said each time, "It can't get better than this," and then I feel the same way next conference.
We saw the conference in the chapel in Zollikofen, right next to the temple. On Saturday evening we saw the Saturday morning session live. Then on Sunday morning, the brethren saw priesthood meeting recorded. In the afternoon Sunday we saw Saturday afternoon recorded, and on Sunday evening we saw The Spoken Word and Sunday morning session live. We will see Sunday afternoon next week in our sacrament meetings. I am astounded at the technology that brings us all together almost simultaneously around the world. And we hear the messages in our own language. What a blessing to live when we do!
Now, I have to say that there was a glitch in the Sunday morning broadcast. The transmission faded in and out. While President Eyering was speaking the screen would go black for a few minutes and then come back on, but more time was black than on. Finally it stayed black, so we started to sing hymns. By the time Elder Bednar spoke we were singing along and he would come on the screen for a second or two, and the singing would fade hopefully, then it would go black again and we would continue singing without having missed a beat. That continued through out his talk. It was really funny and fun. Except it was also frustrating because everybody wanted to hear Elder Bednar, of course.So we didn't really hear his message or anything that followed. Lenski and I are going to watch that session on the internet tomorrow while our laundry is washing.
I haven't heard them all yet, but one of my favorite talks this time was Elder Neil A. Andersen. His theme was, "You don't know everything, but you know enough." Very comforting, especially to missionaries, new moms, and gospel doctrine teachers. He made several other quotable statements that would make be good sound bites. One that stood out for me is,
"Faith is not only a feeling. It is also a decision."
I had not heard it stated quite in that way before, but it rang so true to me. I love conference and afterward always feel motivated, uplifted, and that I have learned something.
They are good and compassionate and generous!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Our grandchildren should get a kick out of this photo!
Better watch out kids, he's getting pretty good!
And I'm grateful to be his missionary companion!
These activities give the YSAs a chance to enjoy being together at times other than the classes, which of course, are the prime purpose of Institute. But it's nice to relax together, too, and they can bring non-member and less active friends to have fun with them in a wholesome, accepting, and safe atmosphere. We hope they'll plan many more!
Elder Grassli was kind to me and took this photo from afar!
But the sisters looked great and could face the camera!
The majesty of the alps is stunning to say the least. I marvel at the absoute genius of God at creating such a world for us. "Man is that he might have joy," and the Lord has given us every opportunity to experience it. May we always drink in the joyous experiences that open to us!