|For one night only, the entire Minneapolis Minnesota Mission in one place|
It's been another lovely week in St. Paul. The weather in Minnesota is just as crazy as everyone says it is. We have some days that are 80 degrees, then sometimes, like yesterday, it rains all. day. long. and it's 40 degrees. So we're just enjoying the variety :)
So I need to tell you all about this thing they have here, it's called 'tres leches,' not entirely sure what country it's from, but it's this cake and oh my it's the best cake. They use three different kinds of milk and cream to make it, hence the name, 'three milks,' and it's so incredible. It looks like regular cake then it is so moist and delicious, definitely because of all the milk it has in it, and it just melts in your mouth, and wow everyone needs to try it at least once in their lives. The young women also had a tamale fundraiser this week for camp, so we spent 4 hours on Friday making 500 tamales, but we're basically professionals now if anyone ever wants tamales in the future, just lemme know.
Mission conference was this week! What an incredible experience. President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and President Craig C. Christensen of the Seventy were here. I learned so much this weekend, and it really has re-energized our mission and some of our goals. In his talk, President Nelson asked us to imagine our lives without the Book of Mormon and what truths we would miss. He asked missionaries to stand up and share and it was incredible how the list just keeps going on and on. Our understanding of the Atonement comes completely from the Book of Mormon. Priesthood authority. Sacrament prayers. Baptism by immersion. Plan of Salvation. The knowledge that Joseph Smith was a prophet. The understanding of the Godhead. The doctrine of the Fall and the Plan of Salvation. The Need for a Redeemer. Our purpose in life. Where we came from. Where we're going and the knowledge of celestial glory. And the list goes on and on and on. Fun fact, the word "Atonement" only appears one time in the New Testament in Romans 5:11. Without the Book of Mormon, we could never begin to understand the nature of the Atonement and why it is so fundamentally important. He also talked about heart surgery and acquiring knowledge and it was incredible. The love we could feel he had for us was amazing. He also stood at the door as we were walking in and shook every single missionaries hand, and looked at our name and said "Hello Sister ____," or "Nice to meet you Elder _____." It was a truly humbling experience. All of the Spanish missionaries got to do a special musical number in Spanish "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," and I got to play a violin part with the singers. Oh my goodness, I have never been so nervous in my life, performing in front of the President of the Quorum of the Twelve, the Mission President, and not to mention the entire mission. I was worried would drop my violin because my hands were sweating so much. But all went well, many prayers were answered to get that musical number through without any major problems.
We have set some crazy high goals as a district this transfer, and we're still pretty far from meeting them, but as Elder Anderson always tells us "It's better to aim for the stars and miss then aim for a cowpie and hit it." We have seen so many miracles, and met so many people who are prepared to receive the gospel. Jonathan is getting closer to baptism every day, and he's reading in the Book of Mormon and coming to church and seeing how much the gospel is blessing his family and he opens up to the idea a little more every time we meet with him. And Alex is hopefully going to be able to get baptized either this Saturday or next because their papers finally came from Mexico, after 4 months of waiting.
I hope you all know the Book of Mormon is true, because I promise you that it is. There are a lot of things I'm still learning about the gospel, and a lot of things I'm still trying to better understand and gain a greater testimony of, but I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and was written for us so that we may know how to Come unto Christ and receive all the blessings in this life and the next that God is so eager to give to us if we only will follow Him.
Thank you for all your love and support. Keep sharing your light with the world!
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