Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It has been a great weekend, with a wondeful opportunity to attend my Colombia Bogota Missionary Reunion this past Friday, and then spend time with family as we listened to the various sessions of General Conference. This is only the 2nd missionary reunion that I have been aware of since I returned from my mission nearly 30 years ago. None of my missionary companions were able to attend, but two of the sisters that I traveled with from the MTC in Provo to Bogota were there, and it was nice to reconnect with them, and with several of the Elders that I was also able to serve with. Our mission was large in area, and outside of Bogota, most areas were quite remotely disconnected with the rest of the mission. I was in Bogota for about 3 weeks, and then in outlying areas for the rest of my mission, so there were many many missionaries that I really did not become aquainted with. However, it was nice to be able to visit briefly with President and Sister James and Penny Dunn, and to hear them speak, and to see the photos that other missionaries had to share. The Mission was a challenge for all of us, but a great learning and growing experience. I was able to meet may wonderful, faithful people and to see and experience a marvelously beautiful, though troubled country. Most importantly of all, we were able to teach many of our brothers and sisters about the wonderful plan of salvation, The Book of Mormon, and the restoration of the Lord's true church to the earth, and help them along the path to eternal life.
I love General Conference. I again took copious notes and need to review them and renew my goals and aspirations, one of which is stronger personal prayers and relationship with my Heavenly Father. Life is not easy, and it is easy to get discouraged. I need to know his will for me each and every day.
And now it's time to get on with the day. I hope that your day is wonderful and that you find much to be grateful for!