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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014 - General Conference

I had been looking forward to this weekend for many weeks and it finally came! It was like Christmas morning! It’s crazy how the time flies. I feel like we just watched conference not too long ago. On my mission, I have gained a strong desire for spiritual knowledge. I love listening to the prophets and reading my scriptures! I love the feeling of listening to them speak and having the Holy Ghost teach and testify to me at the same time! To be honest, this was the first time that I have watched all the sessions of conference and stayed awake and focused the entire time. I got so much more out of it then I have in the past. It was also the first time I have taken notes while watching conference, so I am guessing that is the main reason I didn't get drowsy. I have a testimony of taking conference notes now (haha). I look forward to re-watching the talks and reading over my notes. Like President Monson said, everyone should study these talks. Listening to them once isn't enough!

We had good success with getting investigators to watch conference. Four of our investigators and 1 less active member watch conference with us. Hopefully more watched on their own. We watched 4 of the 5 sessions at the church and the other one we watched with Zohra. Zohra watched all 5 sessions including the priesthood session! She really loved watching conference. After the last session we ate dinner with Zohra and the family she is living with. It was awesome to see Elder Michael John U. Teh speak in conference. He came and spoke to our mission several months ago and we all got to shake his hand. There were many really good talks, but some of my favorites were Gary E. Stevens, Elder Bednar, President Monson, and Lawrence E. Cowbridge.

One topic that stuck out to me was discipleship. Elder Rasband said to "take up the joyful burden of discipleship". The wording was interesting to me. Being a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ can be difficult and challenging, but it is also very rewarding and brings true joy into our lives. Many people want it to be easy or "comfortable", in the words of Elder Holland, but if that was the case then it wouldn't be as rewarding. Serving a mission isn't easy or "comfortable", but it so rewarding. I'm so glad that I chose to serve.

I’ve heard the cherry blossoms here are amazing in the spring time. We haven't seen too many yet because of the cold. We are planning on going to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC next Monday. The weather was great this week (high 60's and low 70's). I wish it could stay like that because the summers here are hot and muggy. It has been nice to bike around in some good weather for once.

Love,
Elder Miles

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