So I don't have much time to write this week, but this week has been great!
We had a wonderful Zone Conference with a member of the Seventy, Elder Daniel L. Johnson. I am convinced that anyone who listens to this man with spiritual ears will know for certain that he is a servant of the Lord. His words were filled with love and with the Spirit of the Lord, but also filled with serious concern and counsel for the missionaries.
He spoke of the grand importance of working with the members, testifying, and studying the language. He called to repentance the misisonaries that don't get up at 6:30. (I have never had any problems with getting up on time, but I have had many companions that struggled with this.) After reading a survey that all the missionaries took, he praised the sister missionaries, many of whom reported that they wake up on time, while calling to repentance many of the Elders.
We also had a special stake conference this week. Our stake leaders were released and our bishop has been called to the Stake Presidency. The theme of the conference was missionary work. Elder Daniel L. Johnson presided and shared inspiring words with the members about missionary work, and he also spoke for a long time about the importance of reading the scriptures as a family. He exhorted the members to read everyday as a family. He said something similar to the following:
"I know that many of you already read your scriptures as a famiy every once in while, but this is not enough. What message are we sending to our children? If scripture reading is a once-in-a-while thing, then your children will see it as a once in a while thing...we have not had contention in the home when we read as a family"
His message was very powerful. He testified to the missionaries of the importance of asking the members for the names of the people we could visit. He told us that we can't leave a house without the name and information of someone that the missionaries can visit.
Don't have much more time, but have a great week