La Familia Rodriguez
(They were the ones who let her Skype and we are sending a Thank you but their address didn't need to be on the web)
I just sent Kara an email. I don't know if I can use Dear Elder... But I'll send her a note when I get home.
Third: The reason I'm emailing today is because we had an out-of-the-blue mission conference yesterday. Elder Richards of the second quorum of the 70 came and talked to us about teaching simply. Sounds easy to do, right? Well, it's not. It was really good though. We also talked about how important it is to teach truths with the Spirit. Bruce R. McConkie said something along the lines of "You can speak words that are true, but without the Spirit they aren't truth." I thought that was pretty cool. It was mentioned how the Holy Ghost is the only true teacher and if we don't have the Spirit with us, well, the people we're teaching will only listen, they won't learn. And if we start mixing truths with our own understanding/opinions the Spirit can't testify to that. There was a lot more we talked about, I'm just having trouble remembering it. President talked to us for a little bit about faith, hope and charity. He drew a parallel between those and the definition of repentance in the Bible Dictionary that roughly says that when we repent, we receive "a fresh view of God, ourselves, and the world." So when we have faith, that's our fresh view of God, hope is our fresh view of ourselves, and charity is the fresh view of the world, or others. Hmm... What else. Dang it. I knew I should've brought my notes...
Sister Richards talked a lot about our posterity. We keep having these odd little tid-bits about our future spouses and our posterity. It's funny. I think it makes some people a little uncomfortable. But she talked about how Nephi (I just typed Nefi, then corrected it. merh. Spanish) was thinking of his posterity chapters before he even got married. Apparently in President Eyring's biography he talks about when he got his patriarchal blessing. In his blessing it talks about the redheaded children he would have, so whenever he was about to make a decision, he would think about the redheads. Sister Richards talked about how in hers, it talked about her sons, so she would always think about them. In my blessing it says that I'll be blessed to become a mother of special spirits who will come into the world to be taught the gospel and to become warriors against the forces of evil. Or something along those lines. Either way, I've got some pretty epic children waiting for me so I better rise to the occasion. I'll think of my warriors.
Something that happened this last conference and the conference before it was a little surprising to me. I've always been the person that goes and looks for people when in large groups like that. No one ever needs to look for me because I find them first. At these last two conferences, I haven't had to go find people because they would come find me first. It's all the elders and sisters from my second transfer in the desert. We all were really good friends and it's just awesome to me to know that they care about me just as much as I care about them. That usually doesn't happen to me. Usually I'm the one that cares more or too much. Anywho, I thought it was cool. I think that was really all that happened at the conference.
Fourth: I miss the Operahouse. I'm still awaiting a reply from Mallory...
Fifth: I finally found my Christmas present! And guess what, I actually got a little more than planned because I found my sweatshirt in a store that was super cheap, so I got two more! The other two aren't California related, and they're thinner and more t-shirt like, but I love them!
Sixth: Sooo does the smoker mean I'm getting jerky soon? Or even the oven cooked jerky? Either one would be fine ;).
Seventh: Do they have the "Polly" soundtrack on CD? For some reason I've had the songs stuck in my head all day and I kind of want it. If not, no biggy. (Polly: A One-Woman Musical-The video adaptation of Steven and Janice Kapp Perry's stage musical based on the life of Utah settler Polly Matilda Merrill Colton (1816-1891). Many connections to family beside it being the name of her sister. It is a cute show too. And I found out I can get an MP3 file of the soundtrack for her)
Well family, you all sound like you're doing great! I know I am.