Sometimes miracles happen from people you’d least expect.
Fast and testimony meeting had started, and the second counsellor was in the middle of bearing his testimony. The door opened, and a tall woman walked down the aisle. Everything seemed to get quiet after she had sat down.
Another brother came to speak, and after he had gone back, the woman got up to sit on the stand. A few more people bore their testimonies, and then she stood up.
"It’s been three years since I’ve stood here at the podium. It’s still very much the same."
Elder King has been called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California, Rancho Cucamonga mission. He will teach the gospel in the English language. He is to report to the MTC in September.
The Missionary Broadcast - My personal experience
So we started off the day going to my aunt’s ward. This was the first time I’ve been to a meeting in Utah, and, although different, it wasn’t bad. People didn’t really talk as much as they do in my ward, but that might be just their ward. Also, the amount of babies and small children in their ward was equal to the amount of elderly people in mine. It was ind of hard for me to pay attention, but that’s perhaps just because I’m not used to really loud meetings.
Anywho, we left right after church to get to the Marriott center (we were in Riverton and had to get to Provo), and we got to the center eventually. My dad and I walked in an hour early, and it was already beginning to fill up quickly. However, I’d say we got pretty decent seats in the middle. So as we sat for an hour, we tried finding my other aunt, adjusting for the small amount of leg room, talking to people around (I actually saw my Stake YW leader, but she didn’t see me.)
It was quite loud, and I looked down to the stage part, and asked my dad if that was Elder Oaks. Before he could answer everyone stopped talking at once and stood up. At that point I was hit with the Spirit really strong - These men are apostles of God. Only 11 apostles could make it, the whole First Presidency as well as Boyd K. Packer couldn’t make it. But I got to see eleven of the apostles of the Lord, and that was pretty cool in my opinion.
When I first heard about the announcement about use of the internet by missionaries, I honestly almost missed hearing it. I was distracted by the cool looking cameras and how they worked, so I realized that while seeing the meeting in person, it’s a very distracting environment for me.
Another reason I almost missed it was because I admittedly was expecting something more grandiose. This is just one reason that I think that it is not alright to constantly spread rumors about China missions opening up, because I didn’t understand how cool this announcement was until later last night. Missionaries are going to be utilizing the freaking internet! And I thought it wasn’t a big announcement because I had unfortunately slipped into convincing myself it had to be China.
I hope to realize how massive this change is and not compare it to opening missions in China. I mean, 58 new missions were opened this year alone! That is insane! So please, if you’re not amazed by the changes already happening because you’re too blinded about what could be, I urge you to stop and observe. I still have quite a bit of that to do myself to be honest.
Can I just say blcjkbhadunnjareviukuujvnaljfdnv?
So the conference that’s happening tomorrow? The one said to have a big announcement about missionary work? I’m going to see it. In person.
We were driving in the car from the hotel in Grand Junction on our way to a family reunion in Manti, when mom told dad that my aunt got two tickets (She’ll be singing with my uncle in the choir). Originally, we only heard she’d try for one so my dad could go. But now I get to go with him!
I also found out that you have to be at least 18 to attend, which is fantastic because it just so happens to be my 18th birthday today.
Although there was a lot of long hours of driving, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present.
Side note, my aunt called before we got to her house and I started getting really nervous that we couldn’t go anymore. My mom assured me that wasn’t the case, then proceeded to tell my aunt that I probably would have cried (which is actually very plausible. I would have definitely cried).
Anywho, we have the tickets, it’s happening, and I am so excited.
once-she-decided-to-fly answered: I’m at a complete dead end (six generations) with my family history, but that’s a great idea.
cleancanvass said: what’s indexing? is this a dumb question?!
Not a dumb question at all! It actually means I get to type a lesson I learned from Brother Rockwood when I first started doing this.
Indexing is closely related to family history work; however, it is not the same. (So Heather, you can still join in on this!) Indexing is typing out documents such as marriage records, death certificates, census, etc so that people doing their family history work can have quick and easy access to them.
Why is indexing so important?
Okay, for this part, I’ll ask you to grab your scriptures, or pull them up online or something. Now I’ll ask you to find the chapter where it uses the word “senine,” the term they used for a certain coin used as money. However, you’re not allowed to use the index (or any search tool).
This illustrates what searching for family history records were like before indexing. Someone may be guided to a large book, and they would have to read each page before finding the name they wanted. Indexing these records onto the computer system makes this a whole lot easier (and quicker!) for those searching out knowledge of their ancestors.
I want to start a challenge of sorts. Indexing - if I set a goal of a certain amount of names for all of TumblrStake to contribute to, who would like to join in? For example, say, 5000 names before the summer ends? I think it would be a fun way to get everyone involved in indexing, do a bit of service, and not moving from the same place you use Tumblr from. We could help each other, remind each other to work on it, all while providing assistance to the indexing community. Sound good?
Another one of those Hannah’s-a-person-who-doubts-God-sometimes-and-then-has-a-miraculous-epiphany posts.
Stake conference - my dad’s mission president was there and spoke because he’s now a member of the seventy. Apparently he talked about my dad a bunch last night at the adult meeting. Anywho, my parents and sister were up in the choir, so I brought my younger two siblings an sat with them. Because my brother’s a little irritated ball of grumpy, he really wanted to leave quickly.
My dad came home and told me he didn’t want me to leave so quick so that I could be introduced to Elder Zwick. But I guess now my dad has his card and has arranged for the family to have dinner at his house when I get dropped off at BYU.
At this rate I’ll be partying with Monson before I graduate. (Kidding)
So a while back, I was in the adult class to help out the sweet teacher. He had two copies of the Book of Mormon sitting on the table. My dad turned to me and asked me if I had anybody in mind that I could give a BoM to, and I had been thinking about my econ teacher. So when the teacher asked if anyone would like a copy to give out, I asked for one.
It left it on my desk, and I was planning to write a letter to him explaining why I wanted to give it to him. (He’s an American history teacher, and he also mentioned how he would love to go on the trek.)
This morning came quickly, and I turned and realized I had done nothing to prepare to give this to my teacher. Today was my last day of high school (yay). So I rushed out of my room asking my sister if giving it to this teacher was a good idea, to which she yelled at me because she was going to do the same. I had also been thinking about my junior English teacher.
So instead of writing to my econ teacher (I let Katie do that since she actually has him for history) I wrote to my AP Lang teacher. I wrote something cheesy like “You introduced me to a lot of your favorite literature, and now I’d like to present you with mine.”
I wrapped it up, and after first period I went to his classroom to give it to him. (My sister also has him this year, so she yelled that it was her idea first. For the record, I had that BoM a long time ago. She still doesn’t have a copy to give out.)
Now, to give a quick understanding, I haven’t talked to this specific teacher in about a year. He wasn’t my favorite teacher, and he actually scared me at times. But because I thought of that cheesy line, I couldn’t shake the idea of giving it to him.
Later, I was walking with my friend on my off hour, and this teacher was walking the class down to the library. He stopped me and said, “Thank you. I had a copy, and I gave it to a student about… eight years ago. He loved it so much that he converted. But I haven’t had a copy since. Thank you.”
So here I am, talking to a teacher I don’t really know, and at one point didn’t really like, and yet a miracle is being revealed before my eyes.
I’d just like to take a brief moment to talk to the young men (and possibly young women) who might read this.
In the For Strength of Youth, it says to avoid going on frequent dates with the same person. It can limit the amount of other people you both can meet and get to know better.
There are three distinct “couples” in my seminary class, who say that they aren’t in a relationship, yet are most likely to go with the other if a date night is introduced.
One of the young women in this situation is asked by a single young man on all date nights, dances, and even Valentine’s Day. It breaks my heart, because early on she mentioned how he was nice, she just didn’t like him that much. But she was in a position where it wasn’t exactly breaking up.
Because this young man has been so open about how much he likes her, the other guys in the class tend to stay away. Sixth months after she turned sixteen to the present time, where she is almost eighteen, she has mostly gone on dates with this one guy. Limiting the other people you both get to see? I think so.
Along with effecting someone you ask frequently, it can also affect those few you happen to ask when the one you want can’t come. I was asked by this same young man to homecoming, and his exact words were, “____ can’t come, and I heard you can’t pay for dinner. Want to go with me?”
The whole night I felt awful because I couldn’t compare to this other girl he practically idolizes. During dinner he was texting her, and found out she was able to come to the dance. He danced with me the very first song, then proceeded to spend the rest of the night with her.
Please, please, PLEASE, if you are still in high school, don’t make this situation a reality. 2 of the 3 dates I’ve been on I felt I was just a replacement for someone else, and it hurts so much. I can’t imagine what being in a relationship like that would be like, feeling guilty if not going with a certain person, or feeling obligated to wait for them on their missions.
I am not saying these young men are not righteous; these are some of most fantastic people I know, and their testimonies are so strong. But everyone can make mistakes, and this one seems to be common among those really righteous guys.
If you decide to become girlfriend/boyfriend, great. I wouldn’t suggest that, but it makes a distinct line. If you only date someone a few times throughout high school, even better. What I’m asking is do not apply boyfriend/girlfriend type guidelines and claim you’re not steady dating. More people get hurt than you think.