Sister Mckenzie Madsen
California San Diego Mission
7404 Armstrong Place
San Diego, CA 92111

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

mission conference! (April 16th, 2013)

hey everbody!
we had some pretty exciting things happen this week! first off, we had a mission conference (or mission tour). it's where our visiting general authority comes and speaks to all the missionaries! unfortunately there's too many missions for all the apostles to visit... plus we just heard from elder ballard a few months ago. BUT-- the cool thing is that Elder Whiting of the seventy was still called to visit our mission under apostolic authority. :) and let me tell you, it was SO POWERFUL! it was like being in the MTC all over again--hundreds of missionaries in one room, all listening to a chosen servant of god. :) he taught us about learning to follow the spirit and about the doctrine of christ. i teach people the doctrine of christ every day--yet my eyes were STILL opened to more. i can't believe how perfect heavenly father is in EVERYTHING that he does. and THEN, our mission president chose a dozen or so people for elder whiting to interview... and guess who was lucky number one?? ME! holy smokes that was nerve wracking. ;) but it was no pressure, just a little 5 minute get-to-know-you and give you a little counsel. (he said something along the lines of how mission tours shouldn't just be a big meeting--he likes to actually talk with the missionaries he's there to work with. :) he was awesome.) he asked me how my mission was for me so far, what i've learned, if i'd seen success... it was a cool opportunity for me to recognize some things the lord would have me do, coming from the mouth of a general authority. :)
the other exciting event of the week was that i got to go on exchanges with my wonderful sister miller! seeing as she's a trainer sister, she got to come to my area with me for a day. oh my gosh i love her so much! i miss teaching with her, she is SO POWERFUL! the one lesson we had with a less-active... oh my goodness, the spirit was so strong. he even said it himself--that he could feel the spirit, i mean. it was a good opportunity for heavenly father to remind me how much more effective i could be if i always taught in unity with my companion. that came a lot more naturally with sister miller... of course, she's not really human, so that's expected. but i'm going to work on teaching in better unity with sister mulipola. (don't get me wrong--mine and my companion's relationship is great. :) we love each other tons. we're just not that great at teaching together... not one of our strengths. so it's gonna be my goal.) anyway... it was great to be reunited with my best friend for a day. :) well--she's best friends with everyone. ha.
sad news of the week though... sara doesn't want to get baptized anymore. :( she was the only solid investigator we were holding on to. so that's been difficult. we're praying and fasting for a miracle with her. and to find new people that have been prepared by the lord!
that's all i've got time for! i love you all! hope you're having a fantastic week!
sister madsen

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