What a wonderful weekend I have had! It all started with a family trip to the cinema to watch The Maze Runner, and the weekend only got better as it went on.
Yesterday I got to go to the Priesthood Leadership Meeting of Stake conference. Elder Axel H Leimer of the 70 was in attendance and shared a story of when Elder Alan F Packer visited with his family for Family Home Evening. He shared that for family prayer, Elder Packer volunteered to say the prayer, and went on to leave a blessing upon each individual in Elder Leimer’s family. At the end of the evening, when Elder Leimer dropped Elder Packer off at the Hotel, he thanked Elder Packer for the blessing left upon himself, his wife, and children. Elder Packer then left, but wuickly came back through the revolving doors and told Elder Leimer “That’s what we do! We bless people’s lives.” It is so important to remember that as a Priesthood holder that is what I am meant to do. To look for opportunities to bless the lives of those around us, and to bring them unto Christ.
In today’s session of Stake Conference, I got to listen to our Stake’s youth’s rendition of Come Unto Christ which I loved! After the main session there was also a special meeting for Recent Converts. There, Elder Leimer shared a story of when he was a missionary. He shared that he took a less-active brother who had taken up smoking to Stake Conference, and two sisters in the congregation said “Can you smell that?! I can’t believe someone would smoke and then come to church”. He said how upset that made him then, and how much it taught him, and then he said a great phrase that I will forever quote “Aren’t you glad that not all sins leave a smell?!” It is a similar quote to Elder Uchtdorf’s “Do not judge me because I sin differently than you” which is so profound! Who are we to judge others, when we ourselves are sinning. Instead we should rejoice that they are working towards coming unto Christ.
And finally we had the missionaries over for lunch! They are so great! We laughed and cried because of all the funny things that were said at the dinner table. It made me so happy to see how pure in heart those 2 Elders are, and how much they want the best for this area.
I have had the best weekend ever. I have felt the Spirit, and I have felt a need to try harder to come unto Christ. I love this Gospel! I love my Saviour!