April 2, 2018
Easter and Passover where absolutely insane in Barra. There were not a lot of parades, but there were a few, lots of parties. LOTS OF ALCOHOL. LOTS. Lots of loud music! Barra and Melaque were packed with people. Half the people we contacted were there on vacations, but even then, some people actually took the time to listen to us.
I just got transferred to an area called Auditorio in Guadalajara. My new companion is Elder Powley and we are the zone leaders. I’m finally in the city city, and feeling kinda overwhelmed. Everything is so fast paced and I keep missing people I want or feel like I should contact. I have lots of adjusting to do. The city life is very different from the beach life. Street contacting is very different, no one stops. I’m really excited to work here. I have to say though, it’s hard to stay focused sometimes when they play Star Wars, Rogue One on the buses. Still working on the staying focused part. The nice thing is that we are in an established stake. The ward is HUGE in area, but only has about 60 active members, so there’s lots of "ministering" to do!
General conference was amazing. I’m not sure why, but time and time again I get the feeling on the mission that when I get home and through out my life one of my first priorities has to be church service. I really feel like its something for me.
Leadership Council April 2018 - notes and photos from Sister Clayton
Our theme today was Receiving Revelation.
President Clayton - Receiving Revelation from the Holy Ghost
Sister Clayton - Revelation through Prayer
Assistants Elder Cluff and Elder Velasquez - Revelation through Church Attendance.
Getting started with a little snack...President’s welcome and introduction
*What did you see and feel at General Conference?
*Why was it a powerful Conference?
*Why is it important that we gain a testimony of our Prophet's prophetic calling?
The world today.. how is it changing and becoming?
~more questioning of what is true
~There is much good...but Satan is raging.
*We must be prepared for the days ahead
*The Lord needs all of us to keep this mission moving forward.
*What you learn today - from the spirit will help you during your mission and after your mission.
*You must remember what you learn and feel from this conference.
Receiving personal revelation for ourselves is the most important gift our Father in Heaven has given to us. Everything we do here in the mission is based on the revelation we receive. As we learn to recognize the Holy Ghost speaking to us.. guiding us, prompting us, comforting us, healing us... we are able to then help others understand this precious gift.
~be worthy to receive revelation- We must qualify ourselves to receive it
~We must obey God's laws with exactness-There will be rules and laws forever and ever. Keeping Gods commandments is a covenant we make.
~How do we receive revelation? After we pray... we must listen. We must write down our impressions, thoughts, ideas and sometimes the words we hear or that come to our minds.
~What can revelation do for us? We could talk about this all day long…. We must give gratitude for the revelation we receive and we will continue to receive more. Gratitude and humility will aid us in understanding the revelation that we have received.
~We cannot expect to hear the voice of the Lord, if we are not living correctly.. or if we stop doing the things
~D&C 43:16 And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be endowed with power...
The promise of the Book of Mormon is this:
If we ask God the Father-
*with a sincere heart
*with real intent
*having faith in Christ,The Holy Ghost will manifest the truth to all who humbly ask for it. This witness that comes from the Holy Ghost is a powerful and lasting confirmation. It has staying power, because it comes from He who is the testifier of all things. The Holy Ghost teaches us as He confirms things to us. He teaches us through our feelings, our thoughts, and in our hearts. There are many parts or pieces to securing a testimony for ourselves:
*desire to know
*attending church - partaking of the Sacrament
*reading the Book of Mormon
Gaining a testimony does not have to be puzzling, each piece or part of the process is important. If something is left out... there will be a hole or a gap in one’s testimony. Praying for a confirmation from the Holy Ghost is vital.. it is key... it is essential.