Sunday, April 9, 2017

Conference time...General and Zone!

General Conference was so wonderful!  I'm so grateful we heard from our dear prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  These were my favorite quotes from his simple inspired message.

"If you're not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so!"

"I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this church to study, ponder and apply its teaching in our lives."

"If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one."

I love the Book of Mormon.  I have a testimony of the power that comes into our lives as we study from it each and every day.  It opens up a conduit to heaven which invites the spirit into our hearts and minds and gives us impressions and inspiration to guide us.  There is great spiritual power that comes to the heart of all who study and read from it.  With it comes a feeling of peace, hope and joy that all is well.  We need not fear.  The Savior knows and loves us.

I loved all the talks!  One that stands out to me in regards to the missionaries is Elder Bednars address in Priesthood.  We witness firsthand the miracle of mission calls and being called to serve and assigned a field of labor. 

 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not but bringeth salvation to his soul; And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.                                                                                               -Doctrine & Covenants 4

We began conference weekend with the the Westchester Zone missionaries.  Saturday morning we gathered for a yummy breakfast mainly prepared and cooked by President Smith.  I loved having them in our home to bring the Sprirt and get us ready for conference.

On Tuesday Zone Conference was held in Scarsdale for the 
Westchester, Kingsbridge and Olmstead Zones
Kingsbridge Zone
Olmstead Zone
Westchester Zone

The Yonkers Spanish Ward provided a huge feast!   There was such a variety of food and so much.  We all loved it.

William took this picture Wednesday night of the beautiful sunset. #nofilter

On Thursday we held zone conference in Manhattan with the 
Manhattan North, Central and South Zones

Manhattan South Zone 
Manhattan North Zone
Manhattan Central Zone

Thank you to the New York Stake RS for the yummy meal of chili and baked potatoes.
The missionaries also loved the Easter Treats!

Elder Peterson and Elder Bradley both have twin brothers serving in the NC, Charlotte mission.
They met today at ZC for the first time.
 It was fun for them to make the connection about their twins.

Big Welcome to Sister Clement, who joined us Wednesday for her "outbound" assignment from the
 Salt Lake Temple Square Mission.  

We said goodbye to Sister Sine and Sister Engmann bright and early Wednesday morning.  They flew back to Utah to complete their service in the the Salt Lake Temple Square mission.

We loved having our dear Bishop, Steve Williams visit today from Texas.  Dave and Elder Honeycutt served as his counselors about 8 years ago.

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